Despite their occasionally centrist-sounding rhetoric, the Democratic candidates for president are no moderates. This is becoming particularly clear with Barack Obama, especially in light of several recent comments he has made. Obama ended last week by expressing his support for “age-appropriate sexual education” for students in kindergarten. He started this week by saying in the CNN debate that he would engage in negotiations with dictators like Kim Jong-Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Hugo Chavez. Further, he said he would walk the picket line with strikers as President. None of these positions reflects the attitudes of independents or swing voters. Instead, they are representative of Obama’s strong courtship of far-left voters.
At the Republican Leadership Council, we direct our energy toward strengthening the sensible center of the Republican Party. Through the far-left viewpoints of Barack Obama, I’m reminded that the other party has its own problems with extremism, too.