When you play political games with National Security in order to raise hundreds of millions and then realize that you must change your opinion because it is an untenable and illogical stance in the face of terror, well, you reap the whirlwind...
Obama's online muscle flexes against him
by John McCormick
The same Internet-fueled power that led to historic gains in organizing and fundraising for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is now providing a platform for fiery dissent in a most unlikely place: his own Web site.
Amid criticism from the left that he has eased toward the center on a number of issues in recent weeks, the presumptive Democratic nominee has angered some of his most ardent supporters while triggering something of an online mutiny.
Thousands are using MyBarackObama.com to angrily organize against him because of a changed position on terrorist wiretap legislation being debated by the Senate right now.
The dispute has forced Obama to respond in ways never before seen in a presidential campaign, demonstrating the Internet's growing role in the democratic process and the live-by-the-click, die-by-the-click potential it holds for politicians.
The controversy centers on modifications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the government's quest to monitor suspected terrorists that civil libertarians worry could infringe on the privacy rights of others.
Obama had pledged earlier this year to oppose--even filibuster--legislation that would immunize telecommunications companies against lawsuits that challenge cooperation with federal authorities in warrantless wiretapping.
But with that immunity now part of compromise legislation, Obama has softened his stance and suggested that he will back the bill...
Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming.
Look around. If you see anyone with a hand raised, slap him in the back of the head. If that person is from Chicago, smack 'em again.