Obama Advisers Please the Right, But Not Much

Two 'pro-free-trade' centrists guide him, up to a point
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 6:23 PM CDT
Obama Advisers Please the Right, But Not Much
Austan Goolsbee is one of Barack Obama's top economic advisers.   (Getty)

(Newser) – If Barack Obama takes office, conservatives can take a small measure of comfort knowing that  two of his top economic advisers have generated angst on the left for being "centrist, pro-free-traders," writes Cesar Conda in the Weekly Standard. Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman—the latter a Wal-Mart defender—have even earned praise from the likes of George Will. Still, Conda, warns, let's not get carried away.

"To date, they have shown little appetite for fighting for free-market views and appear perfectly comfortable working for a candidate who is running on a statist platform of protectionism and bigger government," Conda writes. Favorable reviews from admirers on the right will mean little if, for example, Obama gets into office and overturns NAFTA.
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