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Charles Krauthammer: Obama Critic-in-Chief

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:40 AM

By Dan Weil

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Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer has emerged as the top intellectual critic of President Barack Obama.

"He's the most important conservative columnist right now," fellow conservative David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, tells Politico news.

Krauthammer has made his opposition to Obama clear along a whole range of policy issues.

Obama is committed to "radical health-care, energy and education reforms," central to a "social democratic agenda," Krauthammer writes in The Post. That agenda will thoroughly change American life – for the worse, he argues.

Krauthammer should know a thing or two about health-care. He’s a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who turned to politics (working for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale) in 1978 and punditry in 1981, joining The New Republic.

Krauthammer’s skepticism about Obama began early, soon after a December 2006 column in which he pushed Obama to run for president and guaranteed that he would lose.

During the presidential race, Krauthammer called Obama’s campaign "cult-like." His milestone speech on race was a "brilliant fraud," Krauthammer wrote. His friendships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers showed his "cynicism and ruthlessness."

Krauthammer remains impressed with Obama’s powers of persuasion. He tells Politico that at this point, he’s fighting a losing battle against Obama’s attempt to turn the U.S. economic model into a European one.

While Krauthammer has alienated some conservatives in the past with his liberal social views, he’s now getting the star treatment.

Fox News books him frequently. National Review Online's group blog, The Corner, quotes him at length under the heading, "Krauthammer's Take."

Krauthammer’s rise to a leadership role among anti-Obama pundits matches the rise of Dick Cheney to a leadership role among former officials who oppose Obama.

The former vice president, who has sharply criticized Obama’s national security policy, will give a speech about terrorism Thursday at the same time that Obama delivers his own.

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