Peter Wehner argued in yesterday's WaPo that, although it's seemingly impossible to dislike Obama, the guy's just too liberal for conservatives to support. Andrew Sullivan, the conservative author of a favorable profile of Obama in the Atlantic a few months back, chimes in:
If a Democrat ran for office today pledging a massive increase in entitlement spending, a decades-long multi-trillion dollar nation-building project in the Middle East, the biggest increase in discretionary spending since LBJ, a huge increase in the power of the executive branch, a doubling of the federal education budget, a de facto amnesty program for 12 million illegal immigrants, and a cool additional $32 trillion to the country's unfunded liabilities . . . would Wehner be saying he is out of bounds for conservatives because he is a special interest group liberal?
Nothing in Obama's policy book comes even close to the massive lurch to the left that Pete Wehner engineered and supported and celebrated when it was done by a Republican president.
Ouch. That's going to leave a mark.