Calvin Freiburger

Blogging Fail: Crooks and Liars Preaches to the Leftist Choir About Obama’s Centrism (That Doesn’t Exist)

Posted on October 27 2010 7:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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According to Blogging 101, when criticizing someone for saying something that isn’t true, it’s generally a good idea to point out how the alleged falsehood is, y’know, false. But I guess things work a little differently at Crooks and Liars. Today, they’re ticked off that Sean Hannity and Brit Hume have the gall to suggest that Barack Obama is neither moderate nor a compromiser:

Sean Hannity and fellow Fox Noise contributor Brit Hume continue to push the meme that President Obama isn’t already a centrist and hasn’t been unfortunately more than willing to compromise with Republicans and want him to learn some lessons from Bill Clinton’s time in office, or in other words, they expect him to adopt Republican ideals in the name of “bipartisanship”.

We’re in for one really screwed up ride if Republicans manage to take either house of Congress back this election cycle and more nonsense like this not only from the wingnuts at ClusterFox, but the rest of the cable news Villagers as well. This is just a preview of the crap that we’re going to have to listen to for the next two years which I expect to start immediately following our election results next week if not sooner as we’ve seen here.

The claim that Obama is a centrist who’s made earnest attempts to compromise with Republicans is implied, but ultimately left unsupported. That might cut it if you’re simply preaching to the choir, but outside of leftist circles, it’s going to take more than that to prove that conservative pundits are doing a disservice to the president’s record. Consider:

  • Abortion—Obama has enjoyed perfect scores from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Partial-birth abortion is acceptable to him, while parental consent and notification are not. And then, there’s also the ugly matter of his refusal to do anything about Illinois hospitals starving newborns to death after botched abortions. Verdict: Not Moderate.
  • Taxes—As I pointed out in September, Obama has proposed multiple tax hikes at the expense of Americans making less than $250,000 a year, despite his “firm pledge” that those very people wouldn’t see “any form of tax increase,” and his proposed budget would require almost $1 trillion in new taxes over the next ten years. Verdict: Not Moderate.
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