Sunday, July 06, 2008

Flip-flops real and phony

So sure, the recent spate of articles about Obama's "refinement" of his Iraq pull-out plan is a sign that today's journalists are hardly any better at political coverage than they were in 2004. If it's a slow news day, some phony scandal must be puffed up to fill all that airtime and column space. But Obama's very real flip-flop on the FISA bill opened the door to this whole meme.

2 comments:

Tony Kondaks said...

Do pledged Obama delegates have the obligation to switch votes at the convention if they feel that he no longer represents the sentiments of those that elected him?

The DNC rules not only allow it, they encourage it:

http://www.pledgednotbound.com/

Ambivalent_Maybe said...

Interesting--thanks for the comment. The FISA issue to me is not grounds for abandoning Obama. But it is important for more progressive Democrats to maintain pressure on him, pushing him further left than he might otherwise choose. This pressure will need to continue not only through the 2008 campaign, but throughout the Obama presidency. On most issues, it won't be a matter of him "flip-flopping" or "moving to the center"; rather, it's that he's just never been that much of a progressive.