Is Barack Obama “Mr. Right”? First, there were the Obamacans – supposedly renegade Republicans who whispered their support for his candidacy. But has there been a deeper infiltration into the GOP? It seems there may be a newer phenomenon that some are calling “Obamacons.”

Obamacons are conservatives who have publicly endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee: dissidents from the brain trust of think tanks, ex-officials from former Republican administrations, and policy wonks that have fueled the Republican Party since the 1960s.

So what’s going on?

According to conservative thinker, Thomas Sowell, what’s going on is, in recent years, the Congressional Republicans in general — and Senator John McCain in particular — have so alienated so many conservatives that some have simply had it with their leadership.

Sowell contends what is becoming ever more painfully apparent is that too many people this year– whether conservative, liberals or whatever– are all too willing to judge Barack Obama on the basis of his election-year rhetoric, rather than on the record of what he has advocated and done during the past two decades. You can insert “empty suit” here if you choose.

The prototype for an Obamacon may be Larry Hunter, recognized inside the Beltway as an ardent supply-sider who helped put parts of the Contract with America together. Hunter was fired as U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief economist in 1993 when he would not swallow Clinton administration policy, and he later joined Jack Kemp at Empower America. When it became known recently that Hunter supports Obama, fellow conservatives were stunned. Explaining his support for the uncompromisingly liberal Obama, Hunter blogged on June 6:

“The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of ‘Weekend With Bernie,’ handcuffed to a corpse.”

Well alrighty then.

As we watch Obama’s “refining” his position on a number of issues, edging toward the center in order to try to pick up more votes in November’s general election, are we also seeing a softening up of the Republican base toward him?

Many conservatives and their cousins, the free-market, socially liberal libertarians, are incredibly skeptical of Obama’s rhetorical flirtations with free-market ideas and view his policies as straight up orthodox liberalism.

As a conservative thinking person myself, I don’t see a lot of movement of Republicans or Conservatives to Barack Obama. Whether or not they vote for McCain, though, is another story. By November, it will be clear that Obama’s agenda is an extremely hard left agenda on domestic and foreign policy. It will also be clear our courts, especially SCOTUS, will be in peril – an issue very close to the heart of a Conservative. Once all that crystallizes with our base, and it will, he may get the usual Republican suspects but not conservatives.

So no. Barack Obama is simply not “Mr. Right.”





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