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Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

Jondm Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 9:02 AM
"Lurches left" by choosing a Conservative anti-choice Republican? Only in Barone World, an alternate universe occasionally adjoining this one.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America.

But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of...