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Will Liberals Rise Up and StronglyAttack the Obama TargetedAssassination Program?
February 6, 2013
showing that Americans inclined to racially blinkered views wound upopposing policies they would otherwise support, once they learned thosepolicies were endorsed by President Obama. Their prejudice extended to thebreed of the president’s dog, Bo: They were much more likely to say they likedPortuguese water dogs when told Ted Kennedy owned one than when theylearned Obama did.But Tesler found that the Obama effect worked the opposite way, too: African- Americans and white liberals who supported Obama became more likely tosupport policies once they learned the president did.More than once I’ve worried that might carry over to bad policies that Obamahas flirted with embracing, that liberals have traditionally opposed: raising theage for Medicare and Social Security or cutting those programs’ benefits. Or hawkish national security policies that liberals shrieked about when carried outby President Bush, from rendition to warrantless spying. Or even worse,policies that Bush stopped short of, like targeted assassination of U.S. citizensloyal to al-Qaida (or “affiliates”) who were (broadly) deemed (likely) to threatenthe U.S. with (possible) violence (some day).