Is Obama a genius…or an idiot? (Sprinting to the Center!)

Obama’s hardcore fanboys will surely stand by him no matter how he morphs because they weren’t in love with his positions anyway–he was just an idol to them.

But Obama’s slip-sliding on almost all issues since the beginning of the campaign and his recent Olympic-quality sprint to the center have left those who are actually trying to determine where he stands dazzled by his lack of a core. Calling Obama a flip-flopper is an insult to John Kerry. In fact, Kerry was downright stalwart compared to Obama.

Obama is the most enigmatic politician to come along in my life time. He is either the most brilliant political strategist in the world…or he’s a complete idiot. Only time will tell.

In today’s Chicago Tribune, there is an article that discusses some of the cracks in the dam that are certain to multiply as the campaign matures. Here’s an excerpt and link…

Obama’s online muscle flexes against him
“Fans use his Web site to rip shifts in policy”

By John McCormick | Chicago Tribune reporter

The same Internet-fueled power that led to historic gains in organizing and fundraising for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is now providing a platform for fiery dissent in a most unlikely place: his own Web site.

Amid criticism from the left that he has eased toward the center on a number of issues in recent weeks, the presumptive Democratic nominee has angered some of his most ardent supporters while triggering something of an online mutiny. Thousands are using MyBarackObama.com to angrily organize against him because of a changed position on terrorist wiretap legislation that awaits Senate action as early as Wednesday.

The dispute has forced Obama to respond in ways never before seen in a presidential campaign, demonstrating the Internet’s growing role in the democratic process and the live-by-the-click, die-by-the-click potential it holds for politicians.

Read the rest…

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