“Obama To The Next Generation: Screw You, Suckers,” Andrew Sullivan writes:
To all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected, know this: he just screwed you over. He thinks you’re fools. Either the US will go into default because of Obama’s cowardice, or you will be paying far far more for far far less because this president has no courage when it counts. He let you down. On the critical issue of America’s fiscal crisis, he represents no hope and no change. Just the same old Washington politics he once promised to end.
“All of us who took Obama’s pitch as fiscally responsible were duped,” Andrew adds. (Meaning pretty much the entire staff of the Atlantic, among other vast swatches of the MSM?) Of course, it’s much easier for a con man to swindle someone who’s looking to be duped.
To be fair though, Obama held himself out a man who’s as equally conservative as John Kerry — just ask Andrew:
Andrew Sullivan in July of 2004:
Kerry may be the right man – and the conservative choice – for a difficult and perilous time.
Andrew Sullivan, [May 22nd, 2009:]
This speech, to my mind, was a conservative one by a conservative president who seeks first and foremost to use existing institutions to address the new challenges of the moment, and then seeks pragmatic compromises, always open to future checks and balances, in those places where such institutions clearly need reform and adjustment.
But then, conservatism really is whatever Andrew defines it to be at any given moment, of course.
As Andrew’s bete noire would say, how’s that Hopey-Changey stuff working out for you?
Rest easy; Andrew and the MSM will forget all of the president’s flaws and switch back to cheerleader mode as next year looms closer.
Update: Or maybe not: James Joyner notes that Andrew “has never supported the same man in consecutive elections”, and “is poised to continue his streak.”