Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Obama Wins! U.S. Moves from Right to Center-Left

Sorry to have been out of touch, Gentle Readers.  Between working to elect Barack Obama (and re-elect my Congressman, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), working on my book and trying to buy a house, I haven’t had time to blog or even answer email.  After getting some sleep, I will start working on email and moderating comments to this blog that have backlogged.  I’ll start regular blogging again by the weekend.


November 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. ‘Centre-left’? That depends on your viewpoint. From a British perspective, he looks more like a centre-right politician (i.e. someone who would be equally at home in David Cameron’s Conservative Party or Gordon Brown’s Labour Party). Whether he can bring about the change he has promised remains to be seen, but today I am thanking God that the world has been saved from McCain and Palin.

    Comment by Lawrence | November 5, 2008

  2. We’ve missed you, but welcome back on a most exciting day. I am ecstatic. I had hoped this day would come, and I believe that this is a great day for American, and possibly for the world. My hope is that Barack Obama will create the kind of good will in the world that George Bush broke. But, there is much work ahead!

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | November 5, 2008

  3. Yeah, but Mitch still won! Gotta celebrate whatever victories my side had.

    Comment by James Pate | November 5, 2008

  4. From an Antipodean perspective too, Obama is relatively conservative and more at home with our centre right party equivalent to the Tories. Despite that, like Lawrence, I am grateful that the world has been saved from McCain and Palin.

    Comment by steph | November 8, 2008

  5. You have to realize, Steph and Lawrence, that the U.S. has been captured by a rightwing ideology since 1980. Our “center” has moved considerably rightward since I was a teen in the ’70s. Even Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton had to do things and phrase things in a way that was shaped by the Right: Movement Conservatism shaped the discourse and determined the field on which politics was played. The very TERM “liberal” was demonized (and, even today, polling shows that few people want to be called “liberal” in the U.S.). Nevertheless, when one asks broad values questions, with the painful exception of gay rights, polls show most people holding traditionally liberal or progressive values.

    So, as his books show, Obama jettisoned the term “liberal,” and began promoting liberal/progressive values as broadly AMERICAN values–a brilliant rhetorical strategy. And, the American people never got to see first hadn the damage that Movement Conservatism could do until it took over the all branches of our government (both houses of Congress, the courts and the presidency) in the Bush II administration. The American people began to reject that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in ’05. In ’06 Republicans lost hugely in Congressional elections and today it happened again and we elected Obama. This BEGINS our shift to the left. But it will take us years (and the Dems have to be successful) to move the U.S. political center back to what it was.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | November 8, 2008

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