Lefties Yelp Over Obama's Rightward Moves

Cabinet positions, backtracking on taxes, Iraq not what some liberals envisioned
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:17 AM CST
President-elect Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in Chicago yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Internet left, a cash cow for Barack Obama’s campaign, is now home to some of his sharper critics, Politico reports. The president-elect seems to be turning down the heat on some red-meat ideas, like a windfall-profits tax on oil companies. And, notes one prominent progressive blogger, “There don’t seem to be any liberals in Obama’s cabinet.”

Of course, Obama’s disappointed liberals before. Shortly after clinching the nomination, he flipped a campaign promise to oppose a compromise on wiretapping into a convenient general-election position in favor. On the other hand, even lefty advocates admit, the guy has yet to govern. “He hasn’t had a first day in office,” notes the head of an environmental group.