Take Andrew Sullivan, for example.
Sullivan quotes the following Obama passage as further proof of "conservative values":
Over at NRO's "The Corner", one of the posts reads:
Barack Obama gave a fine speech, but it was not a speech that reflects the current Democratic Party. It celebrated America as "a magical place"; it did not bemoan our racism and imperialism. It professed that this black man "owe[d] a debt to those who came before" him; it did not call for reparations. It spoke of an "awesome God"; it did not banish Him from public discourse. It admitted that black parents, and black culture, need to change the way black children are raised; it did not blame or even mention racism. It quoted "E pluribus unum" and translated it correctly as "Out of many, one"; it did not misquote it, as Al Gore infamously did, as "Many out of one." Most of all, the speech celebrated one America, "one people," and rejected the notion of a black America, a white America, a Latino America, and an Asian America--a notion completely foreign to the multiculturalism that now dominates the Democratic Party.
Is reparations a mainstream liberal issue? No. Is unity a conservative value? Laughable, as the Republican Party has fueled its electoral dominance via the Southern Strategy -- using race to scare white southerners to vote Republican against their economic interests -- while attempting to maintain that dominance by demonizing gays.
And funny how Clegg doesn't mention Obama's warm talk of immigration, which is yet another fault line in the GOP's divisive efforts.
But that last sentence -- that multiculturalism is somehow incompatible with unity -- is perhaps the most laughable. The notion is as absurd as thinking that men are from Mars, women are from Venus, hence affirming one's sex makes unity impossible.
Heck, it's like saying rural folk and city slickers can't both be part of a united country. Ridiculous.
As for the "Awesome God" line, there's nothing conservative about citing God (unless Republicans are ready to welcome Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into their fold). Conservatives want to inject religion into public life. Obama doesn't. It's that simple.
The reason Obama has put the Right into a quandry is that he exposed, in one masterful performance, every caricature the Right has of liberalism. He affirmed our belief in government's ability to make life better without conjuring up images of "welfare queens". He affirmed the right every American has to believe in the god of his or her choice, or no god for that matter, without making it a public matter. He affirmed the beauty of multiculturalism, that we are more than white, black, Asian, Latino, or anything else, without feeding the fiction that we all want a balkanized country. He affirmed that unity is an American value, while dividing Americans based on sexual orientation or race is not.
In short, he lay the Right's arguments against liberalism to waste in one relatively short speech.
(Oh, and note the slam against Al Gore for a misquote. This Clegg joker likely hasn't heard his president speak, like, within the last four years or so. Fool me once ....)