Today, The Washington Post feels compelled to report that some “staunch conservatives” find some of Barack Obama’s appointees objectionably liberal. Granted, the story ran on A-13, but seriously?
Anyway, it’s hard to see any cagey political strategy behind alerting Democrats that Jessie Helms supporters don’t like liberal appointments, but this casual use of the word “radical” betrays the plan.
Conservatives fear that some of these Obama transition advisers are too far left on the political spectrum and are a sign of radical policies to come.
Strangely, it wasn’t considered “radical” by the mainstream press that George Bush broke with the general continuum of over 200 years of American foreign policy to establish the precedent that the United States ought to the business of preemptively invading countries, nor was it “radical” to implement torture as official state policy. All things considered though, these were pretty radical shifts from both espoused values and tradition, but then, the entire point of pieces like this is to show that only liberals are radical.