IN presidential campaigns, candidates often warn the voters that if they vote for the other guy, something bad will happen.
But a strange transformation takes place on Inauguration Day. The presidential candidate becomes the president and finds he must do exactly what he warned the public the other guy was going to do.
In other words, his opponent was right.
And his opponent's supporters love to remind the public of what happened with a little construction that ends with "and they were right."
The first time I heard it was from supporters of Barry Goldwater, who lost in 1964 to Lyndon Johnson.
Goldwater supporters said they were told by the other side that if they voted for him, there would be 500,000 U.S. troops in Saigon. Well, they voted for Goldwater - and the forecasters were right.
It happened on Lyndon Baines Johnson's watch.
And so it goes today as I watch President Obama go down the path of John McCain on many issues.
(Obama was the No. 1 recipient of campaign money from BP employees in the last 20 years.)
(Obama received nearly $1 million from employees of Goldman Sachs.)