Forgetting The Campaign

Liberal activist Tom Hayden is so mad at Obama for the Afghan escalation that he is removing his Obama bumper sticker "until the withdrawal strategy is fully carried out." Alex Koppelman sighs:

It's one thing for liberals who've supported Obama to disagree with and criticize him over Afghanistan, for them to have been hoping he'd opt for a different direction. But arguments like the one Hayden's making -- and the one Michael Moore made in his recent open letter to the president -- just end up with those advancing them look foolish. It's like they dreamed up a list of policy positions for Obama, then convinced themselves that they actually were his positions.

Agree or disagree with Obama's decision, one thing is clear: The course he chose is not, as both Hayden and Moore have implied, some radical shift in his thinking.