Professor Pitney was recently quoted in an article in the Detroit Free Press on the subject of Obama’s status as an idealistic outsider. Pitney addresses some of Obama recent moves:
Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College in California, said that while Obama might be shaking the faith of some idealists with some of his shifts, politically, “he’s probably doing the smart thing.”
This year’s election is more likely to be decided on Iraq and the economy, Pitney said, adding, “This is the transition between a fantasy campaign and a real campaign. In a fantasy campaign, you are in the clouds and never compromise. In a real campaign, you compromise.”
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