I have been very critical of the utter hypocrisy that permeates throughout the conservative movement. I also essentially agree with Andrew Sullivan's assessment that many conservative leaders are deplorable frauds in regards to government spending. Yet, the record needs to be set in the public arena that President Obama is no stranger to reckless, partisan politicking.
Take the upcoming vote to raise the debt ceiling. Every serious thinker knows that a rise in the debt ceiling must happen or the government shuts down and the economy tanks for good. Only partisan blowhards who put their own careers ahead of the country would vote against a rise in the debt ceiling. President Obama and his advisers have essentially said such in recent days.
Yet, in 2006, President Obama voted against a rise in the debt ceiling. A few days ago, Robert Gibbs defended that vote by saying that Obama knew what the outcome was going to be, so it didn't really matter how he voted. Sorry, but that is a lousy excuse.
A quick google search shows that this story have been relayed by (other than the mainstream media) Fox News and some conservative blogs. I have not heard any Republican leaders mention it yet, but I might have missed it.
So may I make a suggestion?
Instead of trying to pin down Obama as a Kenyan socialist who hates white people and wants the terrorists to win, why don't we base our critiques of him on actual facts and reality? When Rush Limbaugh accurately attacks Obama for his hypocrisy regarding the debt ceiling, independents and moderates don't listen, because, well, Rush is a crazy partisan. He says a lot of things that aren't true, why should this instance be any different? Credibility is earned. It doesn't come through golden microphones or giant chalkboards.
I am afraid that the conservative movement has lost its credibility and that when we cry wolf too many times, independents and moderates stop listening.