Conservative pundits are being suckered by Obama

Many of my fellow conservative commentators are embarrassingly eager to search Mr. Obama’s words, groveling for hopeful signs that he is not a radical intent on changing the face and nature of our republic. Some of our Tory conservatives have clung to his words (”hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism-these things are old. These things are true”) as evidence of a deep conservatism…

I believe that Mr. Obama intends to craft a new nationalism, using the disassembled timber of our traditional values to build a new, more collectivist – less individualistic – ship of state. The planks will look vaguely familiar, but the ship will be quite different. It is as if he would disassemble the warship Old Ironsides and build with its timbers a collectivist’s Ark.