A reader writes:

With regards to the idea that Obama's campaign has been ineffectual over the last few weeks, I can't help but give these guys all the benefit of the doubt.  They've run a nearly flawless campaign, aside from the Wright episode.  I'm reminded of the tactics of Muhammed Ali versus George Foreman in their great boxing fight of the early 70's... I can't help but wonder if Obama's campaign is purposely taking all of the best (worst?) that McCain's campaign can come up with during the current Olympic buildup/downtime with the thought of turning everything into a downhill run to victory from the conventions on.

I can't help but think we're seeing political rope-a-dope ...

Well, it wouldn't be the first time I've worried about Obama's seeming reluctance to fight back. But my worry is simply about him losing control of the narrative of this campaign.