ABC News, December 2012 - President Barack Obama believes that if he were president 25 years ago, his economic policies would make him a moderate Republican.
During an interview with Noticias Univision 23, the network's Miami affiliate newscast, Obama pushed back against the accusation made in some corners of south Florida's Cuban-American and Venezuelan communities that he wants to instill a socialist economic system in the U.S. The president said he believes few actually believe that.
"I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans or Venezuelans, Americans who believe that," Obama said. "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican."
Justina Justice, Firedog Lake, 2010- The "liberal, Rockefeller Republicans," now Obama Republicans, have hijacked the Democratic Party. We’ve been duped by Obama Republicans.
The socially liberal Republicans, no longer able to control their traditional fiefdom, looked to the Democratic Party for their future. They created the Democratic Leadership Council, and under its banner began a campaign to wrest control of the Dem Party from its traditional labor union and progressive base. Commandeering their wealth and political connections, they succeeded, first with Bill Clinton’s presidency, and now with Obama’s.
The liberal Republican DLCers who chose Obama as their candidate, were able to use the hard work and enormous energy of Democratic progressives in the newly revitalized Democratic Party (thanks to Governor Howard Dean and his activists) to elect Obama with resounding national support, courtesy of eight terrible years of George W. Bush.
Then, when Obama took office, he fired Dean and the other Democratic Party activists who had gotten him elected and relegated the Party to the hands of the cipher Kaine, who obligingly disappeared into the woodwork, taking the party’s national presence and organizational network with him.
Worse, upon his election, Obama placed all the Republican DLC corporatists in positions of power in his administration. Who needed lobbyists when the CEO’s who had been raping our economy for eight years were still calling all the shots and writing all the legislation?
These liberal Obama Republicans who have now taken power and are bent on destroying the traditional Democratic Party, represent the same interests as the former Rockefeller Republicans. They eschew the racism and overt religious moralism of the right-wing religious conservatives who now dominate the official Republican Party, but they still represent and carry out the corporate interests of the Rockefellers and their class.
The Rockefeller, now Obama, Republicans, are in power. We Democrats put them there. They now control our government and our Party. We’ve been hijacked.