The news media's long-awaited scrubbing of Barack Obama's concrete plans for governing has begun and, not surprisingly, it doesn't take long. The Democratic presidential contender's famously inspirational speeches offer little sustenance for wonks.
Obama's supporters and advisers refer pesky policy inquiries to the campaign website, but it is difficult to connect the dots between this internet data dump and a candidate whose public comments reveal little evidence that he has read it himself. As Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, an Obama fan, concluded after examining the web site, "I'm still puzzled about where to locate Obama on this policy map."
Politically speaking, it is probably true that Obama does not need to sweat the policy details. He has so far made it to the brink of success in the Democratic race without specifics. And his admiring crowds appear content to chant "Yes We Can" without bothering to finish the sentence.