Obama’s policy change dismays liberal support

Barack Obama disappointed his most liberal supporters last week by following a well-worn path in American politics.

5th July, 2008

Barack Obama disappointed his most liberal supporters last week by following a well-worn path in American politics.

It is standard operating procedure for presidential candidates to emphasise the issues most important to their grassroots supporters when they are competing to win their party’s nomination. Then, with a primary victory in the bag, the typical candidate tacks towards the centre.

That is exactly what Obama has been doing, on issues from the war in...

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