The question remains, how many voters has he lost with his "right turn"? I ask this because I am still wondering who wrote this speech for him, and did he pre-approve it? That is the lingering question in my mind because like Zunes, I do not believe that things stated in this speech were entirely necessary, in particular his wrong-headed "undivided Jerusalem" statement. Not only did it throw gasoline on an ongoing ending of the occupation/peace process/final status issues which have yet to be resolved for more than forty years, it is also a statement he ultimately felt he had to partially retract due to the not to be unexpected uproar in the Arab world as well as with Jewish voices for peace and many progressives.
Then we have the ubiquitous Nader stepping in to the fray in his opportunistic manner. I'm sorry to be the one to let you know this, but there are only TWO candidates running for the presidency with any chance whatsoever of winning, Obama and McCain. It is a well-known fact that Nader siphoned off enough votes from Gore (along with the Supreme Court's crowing of King Bush) to make a significant dent in favor of what we have now, the worse administration in US history.
The more Obama turns right, the more progressive voters he will miff. Yet if those miffed voters turn to Nader or McKinney they might as well cast their vote for McCain. Is that what anyone would want?
This is important people, this means the possibility of John McCain becoming president. I have personally never had Obamamania myself, but I also have a major FEAR of the prospect of a McCain presidency. Zunes points to the nuances that might go unnoticed in anger over Obama's speech. I suggest everyone read it once, read it twice. Then decide between the two men with the POSSIBILITY of becoming the next president of the United States. It is MUCH to important of a decision to act upon emotion and anger.
Obama's Right Turn?
Stephen Zunes | June 11, 2008
Editor: John Feffer