A few weeks ago there the media was all aflutter about “Obamacans,” Republicans for Obama. It didn’t seem like anything to get worked up about to me. But now we’re seeing not just Republicans for Obama, but actual conservatives for Obama — “Obamacons” rather than “Obamacans.” Justin Raimondo is one of them. Jeffrey Hart is another. A third will be featured in the upcoming issue (March 24) of The American Conservative.
I have to say, I’m tempted. Obama’s health care plan, though not something I can support, is a whole lot less awful than Hillary Clinton’s plan. And Obama’s foreign policy easily beats Clinton’s and John McCain’s. Obama at least might get the troops out of Iraq someday. 2008 still looks like a good year to cast a ballot for a principled but screwball third-party candidate — I’ve never voted Green before, so maybe I should look at Nader, though I’m more inclined to vote Libertarian or Constitution Party. But I’ll kick around in my head the idea of supporting Obama.
And just to show how scrambled the political spectrum become in American politics, there’s this op-ed by George McGovern — “Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion” McGovern — in the Wall Street Journal. McGovern sounds surprisingly libertarian:
Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior. Much paternalist scrutiny has recently centered on personal economics, including calls to regulate subprime mortgages.
Bill Kauffman has made the conservative case for McGovern before, and there’s more in Kauffman’s forthcoming book, Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism. McGovern and Obama are not conservatives or libertarians. But next to the Nixons, Bushes, and McCains that the Republican Party has produced, these lefties start to look passably good.