Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008
By Margaret Talev | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — From the beginning, Barack Obama's special appeal was his vow to remain an idealistic outsider, courageous and optimistic, and never to shift his positions for political expediency, or become captive of the Inside-the-Beltway intelligentsia, or kiss up to special interests and big money donors.
In recent weeks, though, Obama has done all those things.
"I don't expect him to be a moral paragon. You don't get to where he is if you are."
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