Â Ok, admit it, none of you were expecting ANY of the presidential candidates to say something like this: “Iâ€™m agnostic.” .. Granted he wasn’t talking about it in the religious sense, it’s just fun to hear politicians say such things.
Obamaâ€™s voting record is one of the most liberal in the Senate, but he has always appealed to Republicans, perhaps because he speaks about liberal goals in conservative language. When he talks about poverty, he tends not to talk about gorging plutocrats and unjust tax breaks; he says that we are our brotherâ€™s keeper, that caring for the poor is one of our traditions. Asked whether he has changed his mind about anything in the past twenty years, he says, â€œIâ€™m probably more humble now about the speed with which government programs can solve every problem. For example, I think the impact of parents and communities is at least as significant as the amount of money thatâ€™s put into education.â€ Obama encourages his crossover appeal. He doesnâ€™t often criticize the Bush Administration directly; in New Hampshire recently, he told his audience, â€œIâ€™m a Democrat. Iâ€™m considered a progressive Democrat. But if a Republican or a Conservative or a libertarian or a free-marketer has a better idea, I am happy to steal ideas from anybody and in that sense Iâ€™m agnostic.â€ â€œThe number of conservatives whoâ€™ve called meâ€”roommates of mine, relatives who are Republicansâ€”whoâ€™ve said, â€˜Heâ€™s the one Democrat I could support, not because he agrees with me, because he doesnâ€™t, but because I at least think heâ€™ll take my point of view into account,â€™ â€ Michael Froman, a law-school friend who worked in the Clinton Administration and is now involved in Obamaâ€™s campaign, says. â€œThatâ€™s a big thing, mainstream Americans feeling like Northeast liberals look down on them.â€