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GOP Must Stop Obama’s Centrist Ploy

In Bowling for Dollars, Can You Hear Me Now?, Obamarama on 08/01/2011 at 08:35

Now that we have a new “moderate” chief of staff in the White House can we please throw out that ugly freaking prayer rug Obama stands in front of when he speaks? Where did they get that thing, Mozambique? It looks like leftover material from one of Michelle’s fashion disasters.

Calling William Daley a more moderate chief than Rahm Emanuel is like calling Frank Nitti a more moderate gangster, after Capone went to prison. “Machinegun deaths were down 50 percent this week, since the new Nitti administration … “ Chicago’s Daley family has run one of the most corrupt machines in U.S. political history.

The media is ramping up for a big gushing love affair with this man as Barack Obama’s new chief of staff, and some Republicans are on board. What we are seeing here is the pseudo-metamorphosis of Obama from left-wing ideologue to centrist, and, quite frankly, I don’t trust the GOP not to buy into it hook, line and sinker. Daley isn’t moderate; he is simply clever.

If Daley is the moderate he claims to be, why was he on board with Obama from the beginning of his 2008 campaign? He was Bill Clinton’s Commerce Secretary, it would stand to reason he would have upped with Team Hillary. No, Daley is perceived as a moderate because his Wall Street cronyism serves that purpose.

This is an extremely dangerous moment for the GOP in Washington. They must not allow the President to succeed in this ploy. The temptation to compromise in order to move the wheels of government for the sake of moving government will be hard to resist, but they must play it close to the chest and force the President’s hand on critical issues.

For a truly ideological president, the first term should be a textbook set up; he would play along, chipping away at the edges through a first term, set themselves up as a good administrator, and lower the boom in the second term. But Obama leftist naïveté would not allow him to play smart. He had promised too much to the Left. Health Care, cap and trade, the 9-11 terrorists, and a host of far left regulatory moves revealed his true colors almost from the moment he stepped through the door to the White House.

Obama’s first term created a stepping stone for the GOP to win in 2010, but it does not necessarily follow that they can have a return performance in 2012.

As President, Barack Obama has been a political neophyte. In private life he wouldn’t possess the skills to assistant manage a Burger King, but he would be great at talking himself into the job. And that is exactly what he intends to do with Bill Daley’s help, in the next two years.

The GOP has not been known in recent years for sharp negotiating but they are not going to get a second chance. Sarah Palin sent a warning shot over John McCain’s bow today and he and his colleagues in the House and Senate would do well to listen.

It will take great skill on the part of the GOP to defeat Obama in 2012, and it is not a matter of inking the right Washington yes man for the job. If they are to win, they must win the chess game in Congress, here and now.

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