Maybe I’m too pessimistic.

Maybe I was wrong when I thought Obama sounded like empty rhetoric.

Maybe I was cynical in thinking he is, after all, just another politician. Maybe when/if he’s elected President, he’ll go all crazy lefty on us, and we’ll all laugh the nervous laughter of those who have just barely escaped disaster. But I’m not gonna bet on it.

New York Times Editorial – New and Not Improved

We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general election. But 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.

The Progressive – Obama’s Faith-Based Folly

If you give a church a million dollar grant to cover a program it’s already running, that frees up a million bucks for that church to go find converts.

Is that really what our tax dollars should be doing?

What about the First Amendment’s establishment clause?

Obama waved at it, right before he ran it over.

Ariana Huffington – Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers

I looked at the Obama campaign not through the prism of my own progressive views and beliefs but through the prism of a cold-eyed campaign strategist who has no principles except winning. From that point of view, and taking nothing else into consideration, I can unequivocally say: the Obama campaign is making a very serious mistake.

Amy Goodman – Obama Runs to the Middle

It may be the strategy of the Obama campaign to run to the middle, to attract the independents, the undecided. But he should look carefully at the lessons of the 2004 Kerry campaign. John Kerry made similar calculations, not wanting to appear weak on the war in Iraq. Uninspired, people stayed home. There are millions who care about the issues from which Obama is distancing himself, from FISA to gun control to gay rights to free trade to the death penalty. Rather than staying home, they should recall the words of Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

And, not to be a total downer….

Ari Melber – Online Activists Keep the Pressure on Obama

While most Americans settled into a relaxed Independence Day weekend, Barack Obama tried to quiet mounting criticism from supporters over his decision to back a new White House spying bill. In an unprecedented letter released on the afternoon of July 3, Obama addressed the thousands of supporters who organized a large protest on his social networking portal.