A sampling of some recent insights show how far the right needs to go before it can handle the Obama challenge.
From Mark Rudd, radical student leader in the ’60s:
This [Obama]is no stupid guy...Had any of the stupid Republicans read his books, they never could have said, ‘We don’t know who this guy is.’ You know every thought he’s ever had.
Katha Pollit blasts Ayers’ mendacious whitewashing of his violent radicalism.
Against Obama’s clever politics the right poses constitutional principles--e.g., our friend Scott Johnson on "limited government," versus Bill Kristol, who sees the severe limitations of "limited government" rhetoric. Note that the Federalist Society has had remarkable success in influencing judicial appointments and promoting debate, but its rhetoric--"original understanding" or "original intent"--lacks, quite intentionally, any partisan political force.
Consider the use that Obama’s lower-level appointees will make of huge federal budgets. Take this agency within HHS as one example; note all the money going to private groups.
The right needs a combination of politics and principle to meet the Obama challenge. Conservatives can’t count on Obama doing himself in.