[Guest post by DRJ]
Jules Crittenden posts on the unhappy reaction by the left to Obama’s transition decisions that seem more Clintonian than Change. It’s worth reading in full but I want to talk about this section:
“UK Telegraph posits that there is a “fine line Mr Obama must walk between appearing to reach out to former opponents and keeping his grassroot supporters happy.” Sounds like a polite way of saying he’s a gutless wonder, who got scared when he suddenly realized he actually was stuck with a war and had two choices, keep winning or start losing. What would a mandate holder with a Congress in the hands of anti-war Dems need to placate the warmongers for? As for placating his primary opponent, get a room already!
As heartening as it may be to see evidence of common sense, the concern going forward is that Obama has shown himself to be lacking principles as well as a spine. Not good traits in a wartime president, particularly in times of economic turmoil.”
This is what bothers me about Obama. Am I happy that Obama’s early decisions seem more conservative than liberal? Absolutely, and I hope this trend continues. But principles are important for more than partisan reasons. America is facing hard times and principles give us spine during hard times.
A leader knows who he is and where he wants to go. Obama has the skills — he looks good, talks well, and is disciplined — but I’m doubtful he has the conviction that comes from principles that will make him a leader, especially when it comes to foreign affairs.