This snippet from the Huffington Post’s current lead article illustrates what’s bugging me:
EDIT: It’s not so much the specific issues that Obama has begun to embrace as it is that he seems to have made such a shift from bucking the system to gaming the system. Maybe this is the sort of thing any politician needs to do to win a general election – but shifting to the center and making very calculated political choices in order to appear tough and manly and “uncowerable” is still a deviation from his “change” movement and thus a blow to the progressive principles he was espousing before.
Do I think Obama should be confidently strong on national security? Sure, but I thought he had a pretty strong thing going last month – so to undercut himself now by going all hawkish on the telecom immunity stuff in the FISA bill, that’s sad, and in my opinion totally unnecessary.
Do I think Obama should strongly assert his faith and smack down the false crap that gets spread around about him from the radical right? Sure, but I don’t see why that means he needs to make sure there are no Muslim-looking people in-frame behind him while he’s making a speech, or why he can’t say something like “I’m not a Muslim, but even if I were, what would be wrong with that?”