The editors of The New York Times are shocked, shocked! to find that their hope in Obama-Wan Kenobi has been misplaced.
“Senator Barack Obama stirred his legions of supporters, and raised our hopes, promising to change the old order of things,” the Times editorialized as Americans were celebrating the 232nd anniversary of the birth of the first nation founded on principles. “He spoke with passion about breaking out of the partisan mold of bickering and catering to special pleaders, promised to end President Bush’s abuses of power and subverting of the Constitution and disowned the big-money power brokers who have corrupted Washington politics.”
And they bought that? Who’d have thought that the self-appointed sophisticates at the paper of record could be so naive?
The paper catalogues some of Sen. Obama’s recent flip-flops: public campaign funding, electronic eavesdropping, special-interest kow-towing.
“Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics,” the editors whine.
But change is not a first principle; it isn’t any kind of a principle. And when a candidate, particularly one as ignorant and inexperienced as Sen. Obama, runs on a platform of change, it bespeaks a rudderlessness on issues of principle, a rudderlessness that leaves the candidate flip-flopping on matters of policy.