A reader writes:
As a Obama supporter through the primaries, all these shifts have me questioning pretty much everything I thought I believed about this guy. Who again is running for Bush's third term?
This strikes me as over the top. Telecom immunity is not - to most people - a huge deal. Renouncing public financing is simply pragmatism, and doesn't make him vulnerable to major donors given his large donor base. In fact, none of the positions I cited in that post are that new. More developed perhaps - especially on the faith-based initiative - but no major reversals.