Hear me out.  Obama and Bush seem to have more similarities than you may see at first.  Both were inexperienced when they sought the highest office.  Both were running as people who could heal the partisan divide.  Bush was a “uniter not a divider.”  Obama can heal the wounds of partisanship.  We all know Bush was full of bull.  And for those who looked closely you could tell Bush was very conservative in his first campaign.  But that’s water under the bridge, the critical question now is, Is Obama full of it?  Let’s look at his record and the positions he is running on.

First he was the most liberal senator in 2007 according to a computer analysis done by the National Journal.  Just so everyone’s knows it’s not just a one year fluke.  He ranked at the 10th and 16th his other two years.  Consistently more liberal than any other presidential candidate.

http://nj.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/

How can Obama say he wants to heal the wounds of partisanship when he’s the most partisan senator.

Let’s look at his positions.  He is adamantly pro-choice, never voting pro-life.  He has maintained a 100% score from NARAL (pro-choice advocacy) in all three years in the senate.  How can he heal this divide when he clearly sides with one side.

http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/statements/obama.html

On the war in Iraq, he has consistently said he will bring the troops back on day 1 in office.  Only 46% (from a March 15-18, 2008 Gallup poll) of Americans believe we should remove our troops in the next year let alone tomorrow.  There is clearly a divide in the country on this issue but will you hear that discussed from Obama, some measure of conciliation.  No it’s more partisanship.

Health care his plan mirrored the other Democrat’s plans and didn’t include what is thought to be the key to universal health care, that is supported bipartisanly.  From the Washington Post

The lack of new ideas in Obama’s health plan in part reflects his approach. He has emphasized his freshness as a rationale for his candidacy, but that freshness has been much more about his tone and his rhetoric about hope and bipartisanship than his policy proposals, which have largely mirrored those of his 2008 rivals and the ideas that Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) offered in the 2004 presidential race.

One concept that Obama’s plan does not include is a popular idea from both Democrats and Republicans who work on health-care issues: an “individual mandate” that would require every American to buy health insurance. A landmark plan that was approved in Massachusetts last year made such a requirement, and without it, health experts say,

On the economy you get more of Obama being a democrat.  It’s hard to point to just one thing.  I’d point to his overall voting record.  To get a sense of his economic policies and votes check out this link

http://www.ontheissues.org/celeb/Barack_Obama_Budget_+_Economy.htm

What this all comes down to, is that Barack Obama has consistently shown that he is democratic partisan.  How can he bring this country together if he only represents one half of the country.  He has yet to strike a conciliatory gesture to the Republicans.  Maybe we’ll see it when he is finally the Democratic nominee.  But during the primary he has been more Obama the Panderer than Obama the Healer.