Monday, June 30, 2008

Obama's Verbal Shift From Left-Liberal Standing

I wonder if Barack Obama is in sync with his constituency in supporting the death penalty. His comments to reporters in the week after the Supreme Court ruling that child rapists may not be executed would seem to indicate just that. Obama’s working hard to convince people he’s not just another left-liberal fringe candidate by running away from earlier positions on gun control, the death penalty, and America’s security. I guess Obama’s run for the centrist position held by Senator Hillary Clinton in the primaries is necessary, but I’m not sure that everyone believes him. One wishes that all his statements were as clear as the one he made to reporters: "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 does not violate our Constitution," he said.

I hope it didn’t take Obama a long time for him to come to that conclusion.

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