The Obama campaign's hubris is unflattering to the national political press corps, which is used to Democratic candidates who are indecisive, overly humble, or insecure. When was the last time a Democrat was actually confident about anything?

Barack Obama refused John McCain's town hall debate invitations, opted out of the public financing system, allowed his campaign to create his own Great Seal all for different reasons guided some the same strategic impulse: his campaign sees these as matters of style, not substance; not no way, not no how would Obama set foot on the fairly narrow turf that the McCain campaign claims as its own.