obama, as a black candidate, has to come out with a message of unity in order to overcome fears and prejudice people might hold against him, who wrongly think that he would only be preoccupied with so called black issues. obama has to reassure people that he would govern inclusively.
obama isn't calling for capitulation to the newt gingrich/tom delay wing of the republican party.
-i am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in washington are over. i have done more that any other candidate in this race to take on the lobbyists and i have won [his work on ethics reform]. they have not funded my campaign, they will not work in my whitehouse and they will not drown out the voices of the american people when i am president.
-i am in this race to take those tax breaks from the companies moving jobs overseas. and put them back in the pockets of the hardworking americans who deserve it.
-i am running for president because i am sick and tired of democrats thinking the only way to look tough on national security is by talking and acting and voting like george bush republicans.
-when i am this party's nominee, my opponent wont be able to say i voted for the war in iraq. or that i gave george bush the benefit of a doubt on iran. or that i support bush/cheney policy of not talking to leaders that we don't like. and he will not be able to say that i waivered on something as fundamental on whether or not it is ok for america to torture - because it is never ok. that's why i'm in it.
-as president i will end the war in iraq. we will have our troops home in 16 months. i will close guantanamo, i will restore habeas corpus, i will finish the fight against al qaeda. and i will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century. nuclear weapons and terrorism. climate change and poverty. genocide and disease.
But it is my view that until he embraces being a progressive who fights for his beliefs, he will never be such a figure.
too often, people are seduced by rhetoric. it doesn't take much to develop talking points that excites the base. it's like people have forgotten some candidates will say anything in order to win the nomination. do we really want the race to develop into who can out pander whom? or do you want people to put forth a platform they're confidant they can deliver. i prefer realism to pie-in-the-sky empty promises.
to me what is more telling is what people did before they began their run for the highest office. obama not only delivered healthcare while he was in state senate, but while he was a community coordinator, he worked to ensure city services got allocated to underserved communities.
for anybody to try to paint obama as anything but a progressive- isn't aware of his history.