I guess he did–on Barack Obama (my emphasis):
There is no evidence that Obama ever sought to educate himself on the views of people on the other end of the political spectrum, much less reach out to them. He reached out from the left to the far left. That’s bringing us all together?
Um….ever read The Audacity of Hope sir? Every chapter begins with a topic (say the Constitution) and basically states: liberals believe the following, conservatives believe the following, I’m a liberal but the conservatives score a point or two on this or that point (and liberals have gone overboard on some of these in the last 30 years).
Or his time at Harvard editing the Law Review where he worked with both conservatives and liberals and was highly highly regarded (across party lines) as someone who actually listened to and did not denigrate conservatives, only disagreed with them. And the conservatives found that refreshing.
Or legislation he worked on in the Illinois State Senate that had bipartisan support.
And/or his work with Richard Lugar (along with other Republicans) and a bipartisan group pushing for a new nuclear disarmament initiative.
WTF is Sowell talking about here? Ever heard of Google dude?
There are other points in the article he makes, some of which I could agree with (as partial half-truths), others fairly dumb, but all of it gets clouded by the base ignorance of that statement (or worse he knows better and is just flat out lying and is disingenuous to score a political point). I don’t which is worse.
If he can’t get such a basic fact right, he’s pretty much taken himself out of the running for being viewed seriously on this one.
wow. Did I mention that was really really poor?
Exit question I: How can I write something that lame brained and get a nationally syndicated column out of it?
Exit question II: Is Sowell even trying anymore?
Update I: Of course there are conservative critiques of Obama (legitimate ones) to be made. e.g. He should grant more than a few points to conservatives on certain subjects. He should have less faith in big-government responses. In short he should be a conservative. But Sowell is over the top on this one.
The real issue for Obama in the general is not this idea (or even that he’s not an ideological conservative)–it’s the patriotism question. The flag pin will be raised, Pastor Wright’s and his wife’s statement about being really proud for the first time as an adult. He will be painted as anti-American hating liberal as they always are. McCain won’t, he’s better than that, but he won’t stop others from so doing (some of he’s powerless over anyway). The reptilian brain stem and emotional-irrational charges are often hard to beat–particularly when like Obama you are an actual rational cerebral person. Wrong brain stem.