“Ich bein ein New Democrat.” “I am a New Democrat.” That’s what President Black Obama said at a meeting of New Democrats. Of course, unlike John Kennedy in Berlin, he didn’t say it in German, though, had he been at a gathering of chicken dippers, he probably would have amended his declaration to profess his unambiguous affiliation with…chicken dippers, whatever they are. Thus, the self-proclaimed “blank screen” that is the Obamessiah assumes a Paulian characterization for himself. From the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 9:20-22:
20And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Politico reports the surprising declaration with the appropriate sense of awe it deserves, given the Artful Dodger’s previous reluctance to be as labeled, be it as liberal, Socialist, centrist, whatever:
The group is comprised of centrist Democratic members of the House, who support free trade and a muscular foreign policy but are more moderate than the conservative Blue Dog coalition.
Obama made his comment in discussing his budget priorities and broader goals, also calling himself a “pro-growth Democrat” during the course of conversation.
Of course the Obacolytes had to walk that one back. For He Who Is Who He Is cannot afford to be labeled until the Obacratic wing of the Obacratic party figures out how to successfully Astroturf market that brand name beyond the subconsciousness of the denizens of ObamaLand. Interestingly, The ObaOne did not align himself with any of the other Democratic factions he’s met with recently:
Last week Obama met with the left-leaning Congressional Black Caucus, before that he met with the conservative-leaning Blue Dogs.
Notice you haven’t heard any jaw-dropping reports of the Teflon TelePrompTer Reader being overheard saying, “I am a Black and Blue Democrat,” have you? The reason for jumping on the “New Democrat” bandwagon and not the “black” or “Blue Dog” ones, is simple. Those are far too restrictive and definitive. As a “centrist New Democrat” not officially affiliated with the vile Clintonesque Democratic Leadership Council, the ObaMaster is free to be right-wing when it suits him, liberal when it doesn’t, and centrist if you say so, without the burden of that Clintonian affectation, the dreaded “triangulation,” a very dirty word, indeed.
However, I suspect ObiWon’s self-description is being misinterpreted. By “New Democrat,” I’m sure he meant, “New kind Of Democrat to be defined by me whenever necessary, as I see fit.” Because the “New Democrats” he now acknowledges, couldn’t be the same DLC “New Democrats” he categorically denied being a part of when they named him “hot new stuff” back in 2003. From Black Commentator:
“I am not currently, nor have I ever been, a member of the DLC,” said Obama, in a statement that substantially reflects a telephone conversation with Associate Editor Bruce Dixon, this weekend. “It does appear that, without my knowledge, the DLC…listed me in their ‘New Democrat’ directory,” Obama continued. “Because I agree that such a directory implies membership, I will be calling the DLC to have my name removed, and appreciate your having brought this fact to my attention.”
And, just to be clear, I’m sure the Shape Shifter-in-Chief was not referring to his membership in the socialist New Party, cuz, geez, that would be wrong.
And, he ain’t no feminist, either. Good thing some girls feel lucky to get anything from a guy they like. Otherwise, you might expect feminists to be pissed at being thrown the bone of a Valerie Jarrett-led White House Council on Women and Girls instead of getting the cabinet-level Office on Women they were seeking.
The new council does not have Cabinet rank, however. In fact, it is not even a permanent office with staff devoted full-time to women’s issues. However, one signatory to the December letter said yesterday she was satisfied with Obama’s action, at least so far.
“We’ve been holding back to see what the administration was going to do,” Susan Scanlan of the National Council of Women’s Organizations said. “Tina Tchen who has the women’s portfolio in our office has been most reassuring. Every time we ask for a meeting, she’s there. Every time we have an issue, she covers it.”
Asked about the earlier request, Scanlan said, “At one time, we were going to ask for a Cabinet-level office. We decided to hold back . . I’m going to withhold judgment. It’s certainly more than we have I had in the last eight years. We’re pretty happy with this administration.”
Take it for what it’s worth, Ms. Magazine. He’s just being like St. Paul; whatever you want him to pretend to be to gain and save you.
Cross posted @ Cinie’s World
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