On Meet The Press, there was a fair bit of unanimity on Barack Obama’s political shifting from two people who don’t always agree on political analysis.
From Mike Murphy:
The question is do you race for the center so quick that people begin to think that you can slide under a closed door? Then it becomes kind of a character issue on where do you stand. So I think, I think that’s up in the air right now. I think in some ways what Barack has done, he’s getting closer to John McCain on the issues. It’s almost an endorsement.
From Andrea Mitchell:
And one problem he has in moving to the center and perhaps not doing it as artfully as he might have, is the net roots, the left wing of the party, the liberal wing of the party. If it becomes a character issue, they will be much less passionate. The young voters who’ve been mobilized may not turn out. He has to tap into that enthusiasm. And already 22,000 people were utilizing his own Web site to complain about that vote on wiretapping. And, you know, his–using his own technology against him. So he’s got to worry about that.
What neither of them spent any time pondering was his contention (and those of some pundit apologists) that he hasn’t really moved at all. That argument is so patently absurd that the media mavens, whether from the MSM or from the Right, spend no time on it. But if Obama sticks to his guns, insisting nothing has changed at all, does he eventually become the subject of ridicule even from the MSM?
It has become very popular to paint Republicans as out of touch and out to lunch, be it on the economy or Iraq. But the danger for Obama is that on Iraq, and even about himself, he seems to be in denial. That’s a dangerous place to be, as any Democrat will tell you.