A must-read from Gail Collins (yes, you read that right). I have yet to see any real change in the kind of politician Obama has always been in the last month or so. Collins is right that the only true U-turn is on public financing, but that is about winning. Obama has already, on many issues, defused polarization, despite frantic attempts by Fox News, the Clinton campaign and the lazy media to force him into a super-blue box. His very emergence has done wonders for the Iraq debate. I see no reason not to think that the hopes I placed on him in "Goodbye to All That" are being slowly, fitfully, imperfectly realized.

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