February 9, 2008

'Obama, the Progressive Pragmatist?'

I thought this was an interesting article.

An excerpt:

...Here is what one successful and high-profile political consultant—one who has worked for both Democrats and Republicans—told me recently: "What most people don't understand is that Hillary is the idealist and Obama is the pragmatist."

It's an assessment that will surely surprise many people. Clinton, after all, is the "experience" candidate with five- and 10-point plans on pretty much every possible policy topic, including housing, healthcare, and technological innovation. And critics will point to her Iraq war vote in 2002 as the ultimate pragmatic political move. Obama, on the other hand, is more noted for soaring speeches about hope and unity than for Washington wonkery. He was also rated the most liberal U.S. senator in 2007 by National Journal. Yet this veteran politico was sure that if elected, Clinton would be the one, for instance, to push hard for a government-run, European-style healthcare system that would go far beyond what either she or Obama has suggested so far.

Posted by Ith at February 9, 2008 10:11 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE