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Chicken Or Egg?

Stephen Green, the esteemed (and high-octane) Vodkapundit, has a fascinating screen shot up from The Drudge Report. I'm going to steal it here:

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Mr. Green attributes these to nervousness and uncertainty on Mr. Obama's behalf, and I think that there's a certain versimilitude to his theory. But I'm having another thought.

Let's look aside from the first one -- it's a typical Obama verbal stumble, nothing new. Rather, let's look on the next three:

  • Obama now reveals, for the first time (and not in either of his biographical books), that he seriously considered enlisting in the military right out of high school.
  • Obama has made repealing the Bush tax cuts a key element of his economic plan, but is now considering extending them.
  • Obama now says that his response to the question about abortion -- "that's above my pay grade" -- was too flippant, and regrets saying it.

And, right below these, a report that McCain now holds a serious lead over Obama in polls.

Now, I don't put much stock in polls, but it's obvious that Obama (as well as most politicians) do. And numbers like that have to be frightening as hell.

So, is there a connection between Obama's recent moves, backing off from some of his previous key principles? And if so, how?

I see two possibilities.

The first is that Obama is realizing that he needs to tack more towards the center in order to win the election, and is trying to distance himself from his more extreme positions to broaden his appeal to the middle-of-the-road voters.

The other is that people are seeing him do that, realizing that he's an empty suit with no real convictions beyond winning election, and are choosing to distance themselves from Obama.

Either way, it's a fascinating little snapshot. Thanks for catching it, Stephen -- hoist one for me.


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...For there is no joy in O... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

...For there is no joy in Obama land, the mighty Barack has struck out.

PS: Is there a glitch with the voting on the articles, or is it just me? (Voting on an article puts me at the top of Wizbang each time).

That question (post title) ... (Below threshold)
jim2:

That question (post title) has always amused me. It is hardly a conundrum, since it has an obvious answer. Lizards and then dinosaurs laid eggs long before there were chickens.

Chicken or Egg, makes you w... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Chicken or Egg, makes you wonder who was sitting around and said 'I'm going to eat the next thing that comes out of that chicken's a**. Must have been a democrat since they are still eating s*** (missed the egg) and passing it along.

Jim2 Not to get off ... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Jim2
Not to get off subject again but the question infers to a chicken egg not eggs in general. It boils down to what the definition of a chicken egg is. Assuming you are going off the premise of evolution of course.

Even more laughable was Oba... (Below threshold)
marc:

Even more laughable was Obama's reason for ultimately declining to enlist in the mil.

The Vietnam war was over at that point so he saw no need to enlist.

In simpler terms he had a great desire apparently to reek havoc on Vietnam and kill what then were called "gooks."

Maybe that snapshot of him isn't accurate... but I sure would like to ask him to list all the good, i.e. humanitarian things, the U.S. Military does.

You know, like being consistently first on the scene of natural disasters both at home and abroad. Delivering life-saving medical care to far-flung parts of the world via the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort etc...

In fact, I'd bet a dollar to your donut he has no clue the U.S. operates hospital ships.

Then you see the hugh artic... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Then you see the hugh article today about how the rest of the world prefers Obama - this when the AMERICAN polls (you know, the ones that matter) are starting to be bad news for Obama and the press.

And look at the countries quoted in the poll - Kenya? You think they would ever go for the "old white man" vs "the young Black man".

More then ever, the MSM shows how they are hauling the water for Obummer.

Mycroft... yeah they "all h... (Below threshold)
marc:

Mycroft... yeah they "all hate" the U.S. don't they. At least that's what ObamaMessiah, Pelosi et al want you to believe.

But they all gloss over the fact while all the "hatin'; is going on Germany tossed out the much more liberal gov, France did the same, Canada may be on the verge of the Conservative
Party taking full control why hell...

McCain/Palin will have to be voted in just to keep up and remain "friends" with those three major allies.

Our Conservatives are sligh... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Our Conservatives are slightly to the left of your Democrats, marc. For instance, they would never reopen political debate on the legality of abortion or gay marriage. The United States is one of the most conservative developed countries in the world, if not the most conservative. A "liberal" in America is a centrist in Europe or Canada.

In San Francisco, Pe... (Below threshold)
Larry:


In San Francisco, Pelosi is considered a 'Moderate.'




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