Not only did Barack Obama win the presidency yesterday, but progressives picked up significant victories in the House, Senate, state, and local races. Nevertheless, pundits this morning continued to insist that the country remains “center right”:
GOP STRATEGIST BAY BUCHANAN: There’s no question in my mind [the United States is still a center-right country].
NBC’S TOM BROKAW: This country, even with the election of Barack Obama last night, remains a very centered country, or maybe even center right in a lot of places.
KARL ROVE: Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country and he smartly and wisely ran a campaign that emphasized it.
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For the past eight years, President Bush has been trying to run a right-wing country. Yesterday was a clear repudiation of Bush’s vision. In yesterday’s exit polls, 75 percent of respondents said that this country was going in the wrong direction and voted for a change.
Obama did not run as a center-right candidate. In fact, he “ran on the most progressive platform of any presidential candidate in at least 15 years.” According to a recent Pew poll, a majority of voters said that they viewed Obama as “liberal.”
Rove, in particular, has been consistently hammering Obama for being too liberal. “Nonpartisan ratings say that he has a more liberal and a more straight-party voting record than Senator Clinton does,” quipped Rove back in January. “Pretty hard to do.” Rove has also said that Obama’s policies were “anti-business” and “almost Marxian.”