We know that they do it, so why do we act surprised?
When President George W. Bush ran for office, he ran as a “Compassionate Conservative” that wanted to stay away from “nation building.” Then this man proceeded to not veto any legislation until the Democrats took power, ballooning the government—and, oh yeah, there was that war in Iraq.
Pres.-Elect Obama made similar promises to his supporters. He’s in favor of the Freedom Of Choice Act (FOCA), which would invalidate all state laws regarding abortion and make abortion legal for all nine months of pregnancy.
He’s made statements against the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by Pres. Bill Clinton and makes it so that other states do not have to recognize a same-sex marriage that was performed in another state.
However, now that he’s won, he’s going back on his statements about these and some of his spending plans because most of the time there’s a huge difference between what a candidate says on the campaign trail to get elected and what they’ll actually do.
I mean, when California can pass a Constitutional Amendment backing traditional marriage, the Democrats would be fools to overturn DOMA, but you can be sure that the enraged gays will attempt to demand it, even as they are now boycotting things owned by Mormons.
This is, however, part of the good checks that we can look forward to. The Democrats are going to be leery of certain topics because (just like the Republicans in 2000) they want to not just have power for the next two years, but for a generation. And picking fights with things that the majority oppose is a recipe for losing power.