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Flip flop goes Barack

Well the campaign for the Oval Office is in full swing now.  And Democratic hopeful Barack Obama is getting into the spirit of things by doing a little swinging himself… to the center.

Here is Barack reacting to the recent Supreme Court decision which overturned Washington D.C.’s 32 year old handgun ban:

“I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through commonsense, effective safety measures,” Obama said.

Obama said his view was supported by the court’s ruling that the Constitution does not permit “the absolute prohibition of handguns.” That language “reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe,” Obama said.

So SCOTUS was just reaffirming what Obama has said all along about the D.C. law… except for the minor problem that this wasn’t what he was saying. Here is what a campaign spokesman said about Barry’s official position on the gun ban back in November of last year:

“Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional,”

Of course, this was during the Democratic primary — back when it was safe for him to show his liberal stripes without repercussion. But Obama is saavy when it comes to touchy matters such as this. He knows that if he can get his staff to do or say something for him, he can always deny knowledge of it later. So in true form his campaign has now retracted the statement calling it “inartful” (which I suppose means “not helpful to him at the moment”).

Later in February, Obama came a little closer to revealing his position, nodding his head in agreement as a debate moderator said the following:

“You said in Idaho recently, I’m quoting here, ‘I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.’ But you support the D.C. handgun ban and you’ve said that it’s constitutional,” said the moderator, Leon Harris of Washington television station WJLA. Obama nodded as Harris spoke and said: “Right, right.”

“How can you reconcile those two different positions?” Harris asked.

Obama answered that the United States has conflicting traditions of gun ownership and street violence that results from illegal handgun use. “So, there is nothing wrong, I think, with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets,” Obama said.

So there it is from the candidate’s mouth, right? Well… not quite. You seem Obama didn’t actually SAY the words himself, thus giving him just enough grease to slip out of the trap. Here’s the spin:

The Obama campaign argued that Obama was simply acknowledging the question by saying “right.”

Right.

But as we know, flip-flops usually come in pairs. As it turns out, this is Barack’s second position reversal in 24 hours. As The Guardian points out:

On Wednesday Obama, once a critic of the death penalty, opposed the decision to strike down Louisiana’s death penalty for child rape not involving murder. “I think that the rape of a small child, six or eight years old, is a heinous crime and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that that does not violate our constitution,” he told a press conference.

The hard line was seen at variance with comments in his memoir that the death penalty was not a deterrent to crime. As an Illinois state senator he had opposed the death penalty for gang murders.

So a gang member shouldn’t die if he mercilessly kills someone execution style as they beg for their life. But if that same gang member rapes a child… not trying to be flippant on such an emotional issue but there is clearly some major inconsistency here. Again, Obama is moving towards the right, so we know that his real view about the death penalty is likely the liberal one… that it should never apply to anyone.

Going even further back…

Earlier this week, Obama reversed his opposition to a bill to legalise the Bush administration’s wiretapping programme. Last week, he reneged on a promise to uphold the public campaign finance system put in place after Watergate. And earlier this month, he was even more forceful than the Bush administration or the Israeli government in support of the Jewish state’s territorial claims to Jerusalem.

Wow, this guy is really adding to my workload. I’m going to need a spreadsheet just to keep up with all these reversals. How else am I going to document Barack’s contradictions as his campaign moves through all 57 states?

Stay tuned for more rubber-soled shenanigans…

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Obama is a lier and the fire gets hotter for those as we understand! Now he is flipping flopping all over the issue trying to find a cooler spot! He has shown again that he will say or do anything to get your vote and then under the bus you go!
http://goodtimepolitics.com/2008/06/26/sen-john-mccain-gives-barack-obama-the-left-jab/

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