By Matthew Rothschild on Jan 19, 2009
There’s a lot to admire about Barack Obama, his intelligence, his discipline, his rhetorical skills, his calm demeanor, his boldness on the economy.
But I worry that he aims too much to please — and not so much his base of support as his ideological opponents.
He somehow feels that by his charm alone he can win them over.
That’s why he foolishly invited Rick Warren to do the invocation at the Inaugural.
And that’s why he supped Tuesday night at the home of George Will, with David Brooks, Charles Krauthammer, and Bill Kristol at the table with them.
Nothing good can come from this.
While David Brooks is a bit of a milquetoast, George Will is not to be trifled with, and to the extent that Obama cares what he says, that’s bad news for progressives.
Charles Krauthammer is a neocon through and through, and a mean one at that.
And as for Bill Kristol, he of the Project for a New American Century and the Weekly Standard, this man is about as loathsome as they come.
Forget the aw-shucks, low-key, self-effacing TV manner.
He’s an ideological warrior, through and through. He deep-sixed the Clinton health plan way back, he cheerled the Iraq War with falsehood after falsehood, and he’s been pounding the table for war with Iran.
Obama needs to be careful here. He may think that he can tug these conservatives in a progressive direction, but it’s more likely that they’ll tug him the opposite way.