OBAMA EMBRACES OLD-SCHOOL, INTEREST GROUP POLITICS

Michael Medved

7/30/2010 1:11:34 PM - Michael Medved
Candidate Barack Obama promised a fresh style of politics that would never divide the nation into interest groups and pit them against one another. But with plummeting poll numbers and prospects of huge November losses for Democrats, he’s turned back to the old politics, seeking to mobilize specific constituencies rather than serving the public at large. His suit against the Arizona immigration law is supposed to energize Latinos, while pushing for open homosexuals in the military supposedly wins gays. He woos Jews by renouncing his own past attacks on Israel and welcoming Netanyahu. He tells corporate leaders he’s not really anti-business and re-assures blacks by sending Michelle to the NAACP. He’s trying to assemble a winning coalition piece by piece but the public is actually unified—worried unanimously over a failing economy and nightmarish debt.