Voting for John McCain in 2008 was not a hard decision for me, because Barack Obama had made it clear that his vision for America was at odds with the values America stands for. Since then, I’ve opposed Obama in columns and worked on investigative pieces aiming to expose what I consider to be his socialist agenda.
On Tuesday night, I saw the Barack Obama who spoke in 2004, and I wondered to myself, “Mr. President, where have you been?”
Unfortunately, it was too little too late.
The question lingering in my mind now is, “Who is the real Barack Obama?” Is he the centrist candidate who believes in the U.S. or the radical who wants to “fundamentally transform” it?
Whatever the truth, Obama’s unusual presidency may very well end in January. If it does, it will be because centrist Americans who cherish America’s fundamental values aren’t willing to take a second chance on him.
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a former member of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry’s 2004 presidential election legal team and a former White House intern for President Bill Clinton.