Politico reports here that liberals are concerned that Obama may steer a course as President that is too moderate for them.
Considering that the man hasn’t even been inaugurated yet, this grousing from the Left may seem premature, however if I were on the Left the endorsement last week by Henry Kissinger, a demon figure for much of the hard Left in this country, of the Obama foreign policy team would give me pause.
Part of this discontent by Obama’s ideological base is normal. True believers often feel left out after a campaign prevails and the candidate moves on to governing. Certainly some conservatives felt that way after Reagan won in 1980. However, there may be something deeper at work here. Obama won the Presidency after only four years of coming to national attention. He will be dealing with many issues now where his record in the past is paper thin. I think that Obama will govern from the Left, but it is possible he may surprise me in certain areas because he has such a short track on so many topics. I think that is precisely what scares many of Obama’s liberal supporters: what if the man is actually a moderate? I think their fears, worse the luck, are completely misplaced,but I can understand why they have them.