Barack Obama: General election presidential candidate

Recent positions taken by the junior Senator from Illinois have me wondering if the general election version of Barack Obama would have ever made it past the primaries. Arianna Huffington has even blasted Obama today, suggesting that “moving to the middle is for losers.”

—— Ed Morrissey has documented yet another BO flip flop, this time on gay marriage. It’s safe to say at this point that not even Obama’s most senior advisors can sort out his various positions on the issue.

—– Many on the left are now panicking over the AP’s report today that suggests Obama has plans to “expand” Bush’s faith-based programs, programs that have been thorns in the side of the left for years. The Obama campaign is denying some of what the AP reported, but not the underlying point of the article, which is that he is on board with the expansion of the programs. Here’s his speech on the topic, made today in Zanesville, Ohio. It’s all part of his plan to “reach out” to evangelicals “once loyal to Bush.”

—– ABC News’ Political Radar blog is reporting a “shift” in Obama’s stance on welfare reform, and documents other Obama shifts on Social Security, unconditional talks, and gun control laws.

A little shifting/flipping during a general election is expected from most candidates, but in my opinion Obama is taking it to a level not seen in several presidential election cycles. That said, he may have bigger problems than the possibility that some on the far left turning from him over his general election metamorphosis if his campaign surrogates continue to denigrate McCain’s service to our country which has happened eight times in the last few weeks, the most recent one happening yesterday, in spite of Obama’s passionate declaration on the same day that no one should devalue McCain’s service.

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