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Charles Fried supports Obama

Posted by Christopher Shea  October 24, 2008 01:48 PM

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It's the Weld endorsement that's making news, but there's been another notable defection by a Massachusetts conservative: Charles Fried, a former Solicitor General under Ronald Reagan and one of Harvard Law School's most respected conservatives, says he's already voted for Obama via absentee ballot.

Fried is a conservative of a rather libertarian bent, who, despite his work for Reagan in support of that administration's anti-abortion policies, now defends Roe v. Wade.

I profiled him when his most recent book was published.

PS. It cannot be a good sign for McCain that in this Boston.com gallery, "Crossing Party Lines," the only person pictured who's crossing lines for McCain is Joe Lieberman. Everyone else is moving in the other direction. Charles Krauthammer somehow makes it into the gallery even though he's a diehard conservative backing -- McCain. In his column today for the Washington Post, Krauthammer condemns conservatives who are abandoning the ship.

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16 comments so far...
  1. Seems Weld is still being 'overserved.'

    Posted by Devon Allen October 24, 08 02:45 PM
  1. Well, I was going to not only vote for McCain but volunteer for the campaign, but someone or something seems to have turned JM inside out. That campaign is now running *against* America rather than for it and even though I happen to like some of their key policies better than the Democrats (I can't think of any Democrat policies I agree with) I'm voting for Obama.
    Voting for the Republicans again would be voting against my country. I refuse to do that.

    Posted by The Republicans Left Me October 24, 08 02:49 PM
  1. I applaud your thoughtfulness, RLM, and I do hope that many clear-headed Republicans like yourself will see this as an opportunity to unify our country, and get back to overcoming the challenges that face us all. I'm so sick of the Red state, Blue state, real America, elitiest America garbage we have all had to endure the past 20 years. We all LOVE our country! Rest assured, Obama will be relying upon the valued imput of both Republicans and Democrats, and like Lincoln, his Cabinet will reflect the best and brightest from both parties.

    Posted by Lynn Mary October 24, 08 09:30 PM
  1. 1. I am absolutely amazed. Obama sails in with total uncritical adulation from the MSM. Neither He nor his proposals have been subjected to rational scrutiny, but what else is new?
    2. Every criticism against Palin applies double against Obama. If Pailn were a Democrat and Obama a Republican, with no other changes, the media attacks would be exactly the reverse.
    3.So Fried supports Obama. This just demonstrates a major Republican problem, half of them are Democrats in disguise and Republicans of convenience.

    Posted by Morris October 24, 08 10:01 PM
  1. Typical of the Globe. Everyone else is crossing to Obama. Everyone else? Everyone?

    Posted by Phil October 24, 08 10:21 PM
  1. If you look back to the days after 9/11, we were one country. Somehow we lost that feeling of unity and went back to red versus blue and those things that divide us. It may not happen, but there is a chance that an Obama election may bring this country together again and this time, not because of a tragedy, but dare I say it, because of a triumph brought about by Americans - both red and blue.

    Posted by P.K. Toureck October 24, 08 11:59 PM
  1. We don't all love our country. The Democrat Party has been hijacked by fanatics: globalists,subversives, etc., many of whom DO NOT love the country, as it is. If they did, why the consistent chatter about "change"????? Obama is anti-democratic, anti-free speech, anti-capitalist,anti-American Rube. His affiliations (Ayers,Dorhn,Wright,Stroger,Rezko,Davis,ACORN,Khalidi, are decidedly antagonistic to America as the Founders intended it to be.

    Posted by Boston Patriot October 25, 08 12:02 AM
  1. Lets see...Morris....Mr. Obama a Harvard Law review Editor one of 41 ever and the only African American. A Senator of the United States Of America from Illinois...( You've heard or President Lincoln's State) Or Mrs. Palin (not Pailn) five colleges for a BS in Journalism. PTA,Mayor(5k people) and Gov. of Alaska......Ummmm lets see....I would take Mr. Obama as a Republican in a second.....Can you imagine fox and Rush going after a Democratic Palin...oh! mine the carnage!

    Posted by Louis Sar October 25, 08 12:29 AM
  1. Charles Fried has shown over and over and over through the years that he is a true conservative with true principles. That breed does exist out there -- we just don't see many of them running for office. His vote reflects what must have been an agonizing decision that something larger than tax philosophy is at stake in this election. RLM has it right. Obama is trying to win by uniting the country, McCain by dividing it. The trickle of Republicans who see this in waning days of campaign is turning into a flood.

    Posted by Tom Lee October 25, 08 07:05 AM
  1. L.M.
    How is UhBama going to "be relying upon the valued imput of both Republicans and Democrats, and like Lincoln, his Cabinet will reflect the best and brightest from both parties," when he has never reached across the aisle as a Senator? He is the MOST Liberal Senator. You don't get that tag if you are a noted Bi-partisan.
    I don't know where to begin with your comment. "I happen to like some of their key policies better than the Democrats (I can't think of any Democrat policies I agree." How do you justify voting for Uhbama?

    Posted by Bill Sullivan October 25, 08 09:06 AM
  1. How can one say that Palin lacks experience, she has more experience than Obama and he may be our next President. Seems they are right, Obama just may be the next Messiah, a total unknown, speaks very well promises us the world and we just follow. Like lemmings.

    Posted by Vic October 25, 08 10:20 AM
  1. Its hard to support a party (republican) who has betrayed the core values conservatives live by. You must be so embarressed. Fiscal conservatives have been railroaded by its ugly little cousin, the ignorant social conservative . This kind of crisis should have been created by the Welfare/Democratic party...look at this world crisis!!! It hurts your pockets. Its must of been fun to stand on top of that soap box, ignoring the social injustices that plagued this country and only concerning yourselves with the welfare of wall street. The final straw must of been Sarah Palin, anyone with a half of brain cell knows that this country WILL NOT SURVIVE with another folksy moron near the white house. "Joe six-pack" "Joe the plumber" "Mavericks"...a conservatives' worst nightmare! Finally we see its not about RED and BLUE, we are all facing the harsh reality that there are severe reprecations when any one party abuses power. What happen in the last eight years is so immoral, so UN-american.

    Posted by chico October 25, 08 12:26 PM
  1. It's encouraging to see staunch Republicans crossing party lines for the good of the Country. There really is no point in clinging to the fiction that our values are adequately represented in a two party system. Until our basic needs are met at home, it should be criminal for our elected officials to spend over $1 trillion (about $3 billion per week*), in a violent effort to provide "stability" in Iraq. All of our prewar intelligence indicated that this would likely be impossible, and none of the stated justifications for the invasion existed in fact. While bankrupting the Treasury, the current administration failed to regulate predatory lending practices that fueled the economic collapse. There is no disputing that the money wasted in Iraq could have meaningfully improved our inadequate health care, education and national security infrastructure; here on U.S. soil where it stands to reason we should benefit most from the distribution of our hard earned tax dollars. We cannot in good conscience permit business to continue as usual in Washington. I believe that our true enemy is ignorance, and no matter where one stands on the political spectrum, it cannot be ignored that Senator Obama is not our best hope for positive and meaningful change.

    * http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030702846.html

    Posted by Peter Crane October 25, 08 03:23 PM
  1. As an Independent , I am proud to be voting for John McCain. I have admired his willingness to take the right stance and reach across party lines to get things done in Congress, and there is no question of his patriotism and experience. I have been disappointed in the media and in the "bye" Obama has gotten in this season's political coverage. I am also concerned about Obama's ability to control the Pelosi/Reid/Frank components of his party.

    As an addendum, my mother, an avid Hillary supporter and lifelong Democrat, is voting for John McCain-the first time she has voted for a Republican since Eisenhower. These are interesting times in which we live....

    Posted by Tina October 25, 08 06:52 PM
  1. Wow, Morris, that comment shows a great deal of ignorance towards Fried's views and history. You're belittling one of the staunchest, most prominent lifelong conservatives around as a "Democrat in disguise" and "Republican Of Convenience"? Do you think before you comment, or does it hurt too much?

    I guess some people will say anything to avoid having to admit that their candidate has simply made terrible choices that undermine people's faith in him to lead this country.

    By the way, those of us who read have seen plenty of rational scrutiny of Obama's policies. The internet is there for you. Use it. Don't close your eyes to what you don't want to see, and then claim it doesn't exist.

    Posted by Mike Kirby October 26, 08 06:55 PM
  1. By the way, Morris, if half of the Repubs are secretly Democrats, well, then there's got to be a good reason the GOP can't attract loyalists while the Democrat can.

    Posted by Mike Kirby October 26, 08 06:57 PM
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