In August 2007 Sen. Barack Obama said in an interview that he had the capacity to unify the country and move it out of what he called "ideological gridlock."
"I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can," Obama said [referring to Hillary Clinton].
Fast forward to 2009. We've seen nothing like that rosy picture that was painted by the then-presidential hopeful. In that, it's all been evidence to the contrary. Since taking office, it seems Obama has been more focused on advancing his leftist ideology than bipartisan brokering. And what does that do? It further divides — not unites — the electorate.
The president has spent his summer straddling the fence on a public option for his healthcare overhaul, he's vacillated over whether or not we're in a war on terror, remains vague about where he stands on prosecuting the CIA, and hasn't articulated a clear position on Afghanistan.
Obama knows that by spelling out where he stands on each one of these topics, he'll light up the left — something he seems to want desperately to avoid. But he can't do it much longer.
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