"McCain ... would have a free hand to exploit a paper trail showing Obama's evolution -- opponents would say reversals -- over the past decade from liberal positions on gun control, the death penalty and Middle East politics. He would exploit Obama's current position in favor of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and beginning diplomatic talks with U.S. adversaries like the dictators of Iran and Venezuela...
"Here will be the real kitchen sink: every damaging comment or association from Obama's past, mixed together with innuendo and downright fiction, to portray him as an ... exotic character of uncertain values and weak patriotism... [T]he current uproar over [Obama's] impromptu sociology lesson in San Francisco about "bitter" voters in Pennsylvania raise questions about his self-discipline, and his understanding of how easy it is for a politicians in modern politics to lose control of his or her public image." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/040
His much-touted 2002 speech wasn't as anti-war as he'd like you to believe. In the speech, he never said "Do not attack Iraq", or "If I were in the Senate right now, I'd vote against any resolution that could in any way be construed as giving the President the authority to send troops to Iraq." That gave him deniability, in case the war went well. http://www.barackobama.com/2002/10/02/re
"[T]hose looking to the Obama campaign as a means of ending American militarism will be sorely disappointed. The Illinois Senator has vowed not to reduce the ballooning US military budget--which consumes an estimated $700 billion annually--but rather to increase it. He has called for the recruitment of another 65,000 soldiers for the Army as well as 27,000 more Marines. He has vowed to put 'more boots on the ground' in the 'war on terror,' the pretext invented by the Bush administration to justify 'preemptive war,' i.e., military aggression aimed at asserting US hegemony over the oil-rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia.
"As for Iraq itself, his promises to end the war are belied by his pledge to keep American forces in Iraq to defend 'US interests' and conduct 'counterterrorism operations,' a formula that would see tens of thousands of US soldiers and Marines continuing to occupy Iraq and repress its population for many years to come." http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/feb200
That all sounds pretty muddled to me--muddled, or opportunistic.
From a Chicago Tribune article that is posted on Obama's website: "Obama acknowledges, with no small irony, that he benefits from his race. If he were white, he once bluntly noted, he would simply be one of nine freshmen senators, almost certainly without a multimillion-dollar book deal and a shred of celebrity. Or would he have been elected at all?" http://obama.senate.gov/news/050626-when
And so did John Kerry, in support of Obama, just a week or so after Ferraro's statements:
Yes, but the problem is that Obama ISN'T magnanimous. He's very selfish and wants everything his way. If he doesn't get it, he stomps his wittiw foot and his little helpers fan out and attack whoever is asking for fairness.