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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 22 Jun 2009 06:32 pm

Andrew McCarthy: President Obama Seen Straight

Former U.S. prosecutor and National Review on Line contributor Andrew McCarthy today posted here one of the keenest (albeit brief) assessments of the president’s outlook not only on Iran – – but also on the United States — that we have seen to date – –

“While the mullahs may be ‘anti-American’ as we understand that term, Obama doesn’t think they would be resolutely anti the America that he intends to shape. I think he sincerely believes he could deal with the mullahs and make them less anti-American than they now are, once they realize how he is reversing a lot of what offends them (and him) about America.”(Underscoring Forum’s.)

Clinical and detached in tone, McCarthy’s analysis is a cold blast of reality — particularly for the GOP Establishment and for those pundits who still believe that the president has just lost of his way or is simply inept. 

We agree with McCarthy neither is the case:

“I don’t think he is weak at all. To the contrary, I think he has strategic goals that he pursues in highly disciplined, tactical pragmatism. He is a force to be reckoned with, and I don’t think you reckon with him by hopefully assuming that, on some level, he shares our ideas about what’s best for the country and the world. I credit him for wanting what’s best — but only as he sees it.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

McCarthy is right to remind us that —

“. . . {I]f you look at the sweeping changes that have occurred in the past five months, I think what I argued before the election about the significance of Obama’s Leftist background and radical connections was on the mark.”

But read the McCarthy post in its entirety here.

Faithful readers will recall that we wrote here last year about some of Mr. Obama’s pre-White House ties to the Left.

We are up against “a force to be reckoned with” in McCarthy’s words — in our words, a serious revolutionary perspective quietly shared by many of those viewed as America’s elite.  They may be a minority in numbers, but they are highly influential.

The Obama appeal also offers, in our view, a kind of substitute religion for many members of this post-Judaeo-Christian class. Just last weekend a long-time friend and respected member of the government class casually described with approval a recent speech of the president’s as “religious-lite.”

But who is able to stand with conservatives at the bridge?

Some Tea Parties reportedly scorned the Beltway Republicans as well as the Obama program.  Republican officials like Michael Steele or Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, however their skills and accomplishments might have been appropriate to another era, appear out of their depth fighting president Obama’s challenges.  (We have already made our points here and here about the formal House Republican leadership.)

This is not about just about making legislative deals with, say a president Clinton, over welfare reform. Nor about winning an occasional legislative skirmish in the Senate.

This is about conservatives developing our own “strategic goals” that we “pursue [with] highly disciplined tactical pragmatism.” We are up against the concerted implementation of a coherent Leftist vision. It is not at all clear that establishment Republican leaders know how to meet this challenge — a fight so alien to their experience.

A crucial question for us all: how do we organize to bring the voices of the conservative base and the conservative half of Senate Republicans as well as the House Republican Study Committee together in some kind of well-coordinated daily push- back

The Obama White House has a serious coordinated outreach — for example, one along these lines.  This particular effort of talking heads and White House staff  is emblematic of a broader powerful outreach effort to which we should be constantly responding.

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