This today at the very end of an AP story trying to downplay the extent of its presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s changing positions on critical issues:
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds argued Obama "put politics ahead of principle" on numerous issues and "has proven his rhetoric to be nothing but empty words and broken pledges that are at odds with his left wing partisan record. Barack Obama is wrong: everyone's been listening and still nobody knows what Barack Obama truly believes."And this from a NY Times editorial July 4:
Senator Barack Obama stirred his legions of supporters, and raised our hopes, promising to change the old order of things.There’s more like that before the Times pouts:
He spoke with passion about breaking out of the partisan mold of bickering and catering to special pleaders, promised to end President Bush’s abuses of power and subverting of the Constitution and disowned the big-money power brokers who have corrupted Washington politics.
Now there seems to be a new Barack Obama on the hustings. First, he broke his promise to try to keep both major parties within public-financing limits for the general election. His team explained that, saying he had a grass-roots-based model and that while he was forgoing public money, he also was eschewing gold-plated fund-raisers. These days he’s on a high-roller hunt.
… Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who did not play old political games.Yes, he was “the candidate who proposed to change the face of politics.” But that was then; and now is now.
But the Times shouldn't be too hard on Obama: he did signal he was a “change” candidate.
Something else: he promised to “unite America.”
He hasn’t done that yet, but he's made a start by bringing McCain and the NY Times together.
Here's the AP story, "Obama denies shifting to reach political center;" and here's the NYT editorial, "New and Not Improved."