It’s no surprise Democrats are certain of victory in Tuesday’s
presidential election. And it follows that they’re thinking ahead on
what direction the new administration will take.

But this WSJ headline is a bit startling, nonetheless:

Liberals, Sensing Victory, Try to Pull Obama to Left 

A phalanx of liberal think tanks and interest groups —
anticipating a Democratic victory on Tuesday — are mobilizing to push
Sen. Barack Obama to the left of his campaign positions.

Push Sen. Obama to the left? He was rated the most liberal
senator in the Senate by the National Journal. There was nobody left of
him. Are these unchartered waters?

Wait….it says “to the left of his campaign positions”. So this
phalanx of liberal think tanks and interest groups see Obama’s campaign
promises and statements as drifting more to the center. Maybe for
political expediency.

Here’s a rundown on some of their plans:

The Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive
Washington group founded by a former adviser to the Rev. Jesse
Jackson’s presidential bids, is organizing a conference for this month
on creating a government-funded investment fund for public works
projects. The Center for American Progress recently released a
two-year, $100 billion plan for producing renewable energy…

Last month in Washington, an organization recently formed by Martin
Luther King III, son of the slain civil-rights leader, attracted more
than 100 leading activists on poverty and other social issues to a
daylong conference. Mr. King demanded that the next president appoint a
cabinet member dedicated to eradicating poverty. In a keynote address,
Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs called for substantially
higher tax collections to fund government investments in energy
production, public works and eradicating poverty and other ills…

The Center for American Progress likewise backs higher taxes based
on a “pro-growth” structure steering funds to schools, health care, job
training and technology innovations.

Higher taxes? That’s not part of the change Obama has promised, (and the promise was change you can count on).

But this version of change is already in the works.

Some groups already have emerged as Obama advisers, such
as the Potomac Coalition, a collection of African-American former
Clinton appointees and Senate aides, that advises the campaign on the
economy. The members, many of whom now work on Wall Street, urged Sen.
Obama to back the addition of homeowner assistance and a contracting
provision for minorities and women in the $700 billion rescue of the
financial sector.

And how does this tax-and-spend planning square with his campaign?

Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said Sen. Obama will stick to the tax-cut proposals he has outlined in the campaign.

For now.

But after the election, if this goes the way these groups plan, will the media stick with their ‘no questions asked’ policy?

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....