Carol Platt Liebau asks the question after Robin Toner of the New York Times openly wishes the populace has moved far enough to the left that Barack Obama could claim to be a “uniter” without abandoning any of his ultra-liberal roots. Short answer, “Hell no!”
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a whack or two at the pinata that is Toner’s screed. First, she places all the blame on Republicans. I have to question whether she doesn’t remember the mock funerals the House ‘Rats gave each and every Reagan budget or whether she considers that “good, clean, bipartisan fun”. How about the judicial filibusters, Toner?
Second, while she notes Bill Clinton claimed to be a uniter in 1992, I notice absolutely no reference to George W. Bush’s “I’m a uniter, not a divider” line in the 2000 campaign. I guess nothing short of unconditional surrender from Republicans is good enough for Toner, especially since Bush came pretty close to that and he got nothing but hate from the oh-so-tolerant Left.