Far-left base could make Obama a one-ter­mer

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Bill O’Reilly

You’ve got to love Michael Moore. He’s run­ning around pro­mot­ing his new film that says cap­i­tal­ism is a ter­ri­ble sys­tem, a rot­ten to the core phi­los­o­phy. But hold it. Didn’t Mr. Moore have to raise money to make the movie through cap­i­tal­is­tic ve­hi­cles? Or did his dad give him the dough?

In one of his many in­ter­views, Mr. Moore be­gan lec­tur­ing Pres­i­dent Obama: “You are one of us. [. . .] This is not the time to be the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pri­vate health in­sur­ance in­dus­try. We need you to stand up. [. . .] And we want uni­ver­sal health care for ev­ery sin­gle Amer­i­can, and we want it con­trolled in a sin­gle payer sys­tem[. . .]” Wow, any­thing else, Mike? I’d love to know how Pres­i­dent Obama feels about be­ing told what to do by the likes of Michael Moore, a man who ad- mires the Cuban po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. I’d like to be­lieve the pres­i­dent tunes out rad­i­cal stuff, but there is grow­ing ev­i­dence that he does not.

When asked about the ACORN scan­dal, Mr. Obama said he wasn’t pay­ing much at­ten­tion to it. Hard to be­lieve, but pos­si­ble. He also said he had more im­por­tant things to worry about. True, but you can walk and chew gum at the same time. The pres­i­dent should have con­demned the cor­rup­tion at ACORN, a group that fer­vently sup­ports him. But the pres­i­dent did not.

The far left also wants out of Afghanistan, con­tin­u­ing to be­lieve that al Qaeda and other ter­ror­ists can be con­tained by sim­ply ig­nor­ing their pres­ence. At first, Mr. Obama la­beled Afghanistan a “war of neces- Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress run by Obama ad­viser John Podesta. They want a huge value-added tax dumped on con­sumers in or­der to pay for en­ti­tle­ments. A VAT would pick about that and is push­ing the pres­i­dent to hike taxes.

So the pic­ture is pretty clear. The pres­i­dent re­mains un­der pres­sure from the far left to rad­i­cally change the coun­try. But all the polls say that most Amer­i­cans don’t want rad­i­cal change. They don’t be­lieve in it, to use an Obama plat­i­tude.

Pres­i­dent Clin­ton faced the same pres­sure in the early 1990s but manned up. He dis­ap­pointed the rad­i­cal left with wel­fare re­form and a num­ber of other moderate/right po­si­tions. He was eas­ily re-elected in 1996.

But I’ll make a pre­dic­tion: Barack Obama will not be re­elected if he con­tin­ues danc­ing on the far left side of the floor. Michael Moore and his crew speak for a very few Amer­i­cans. Thank God.

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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