"Equal rights," while always counted in the litany of core liberal and progressive principles and "values," always is set aside or thrown under the bus in favor of some real or imagined political expediency.
With the kind of pushback he's been offering, Obama oughta be looking to play cribbage this November with the guys at the assisted living home for Democrats. Except that Obama had himself a siddown with Bill Clinton.
National security rated only passing mentions -- broad generalities when specifics were called for. This despite the fact that the Bush years have given us so many tragic specifics to remind the American people of.
Obama can better connect with working-class voters by talking to them about education. That's the issue. He should drop in on small groups of folk, like Bill Clinton does, and sharply focus his answers and his questions!