June 27, 2008

EVERY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION JUST BOILS DOWN TO...:

For Obama, a Pragmatist’s Shift Toward the Center (MICHAEL POWELL, 6/27/08, NY Times)

Barack Obama has taken a stroll this week away from traditional liberal political positions, his path toward the political center marked by artful leaps and turns.

On Thursday, he seemed to embrace a Supreme Court decision, written by the court’s premiere conservative and upheld 5-to-4, striking down Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns.

Mr. Obama seemed to voice support for the ban as recently as February. On Thursday, however, he issued a Delphic news release that seemed to support the Supreme Court, although staff members later insisted that might not be the case.


...whether the Democrat can convince Americans that he isn't a liberal. Southern white Evangelical governors -- Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton -- have succeeded. The prospect of a black nationalist Cook County Senator doing so is improbable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2008 11:42 AM
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