As Mr. Obama stands poised to claim the crown of presumptive Democratic nominee, he is, gingerly, fitting himself with the cloth of a partisan Democrat despite having long proclaimed himself above such politics. That his shift in tone was inevitable and necessary, particularly as Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, slashes at Mr. Obama as weak on Iran and terrorism, does not entirely diminish the cognitive dissonance.
Silly me. All this time I thought the primary was the time to burnish your burning partisan cred – then, having locked up the nomination and the base of your party, you move to the center to win moderates and independents.
But then again, Obama may have lost the partisan Democratic vote – that is, outside the black vote, the youth vote and the upscale coastal elite vote.
Oh and the anti-American vote. He has that one locked up, too, both here and abroad.