In the same "Meet the Press" interview, Tim Russert reminds Obama that despite the fact that he has talked about the importance of court nominees that can garner bipartisan support, he still voted against John Roberts' candidacy for Supreme Court chief justice even as Roberts got an overwhelmingly bipartisan 78-22 endorsement.
Obama's explanation: "Yeah. But I did not support a filibuster in that situation. So the _ I mean, there's a situation where I thought John Roberts was a highly legitimate nominee. I anguished over that vote." etc, etc..
President Ford may have been a fine gentleman who soothed the nerves of a rattled nation, but his brief presidency became a bridge to nowhere. The major problems confronting the nation were not attended to. And the door was opened to Jimmy Carter, who campaigned as an outsider and healer who would bring new integrity to Washington.
The next four nightmare years are there for all to read about.
We should be aware of the parallels today.
The rhetoric of healing is anesthesia that diverts our national attention from real problems we have and the principles that we need to address them. An election repudiation of a wayward and confused Republican Party was not a rejection of the limited-government, traditional-values agenda that got lost.
Test scores show that, despite No Child Left Behind, black and Latino kids are being left behind. Yet what politician today is bold enough to push for real, market-based education reform?
Social Security and Medicare remain broken. Yet no candidate has the courage to be honest and say they cannot be fixed simply with more taxes.
Democrats talk about reaching out to citizens of faith. But which of these Democrats is talking about 37 percent out-of-wedlock birth rates or the central role of family in the fight against poverty?
The hidden dimension of today's feel good politics is denial. A lesson of the 70s is that denial and loss of principles come at a great cost.
Must we pay this price again?