Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Progressive or centrist?

Another big question I am waiting to answer is whether a Barack Obama administration will actually have a hard-core "progressive" flavor and tone, or whether Barack will make a right turn to realism and be more of a centrist. I suspect the latter, or possibly a blend, but I simply do not know. We will start to get a sense of his true ideological direction as soon as he starts announcing his key cabinet picks.

Again, my main suspicion is that his administration will have a modest "flavor" of progressive values, but otherwise be fairly moderate and centrist. After all, that is the signal that the selection of Biden as Vice President sent out. And his work with Republican Senator Luger also had that "flavor."

And certainly "reaching across the aisle" would require leaning in the centrist direction.

-- Jack Krupansky


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