I am excited about Obama's project of building a new coalition based on finding rational common ground on controversial issues. The question is this: common ground with who?
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My interest is not to derail Obama's campaign from within, but to keep a place at the table for his activist base.
Imagine how inspired you would have been if, instead of turning and running, Obama interrupted his campaign schedule to lead the filibuster against the FISA legislation.
It is one thing for a presumptive nominee to adjust policy positions to reach out to constituencies he wants to bring in to his coalition. Warrantless wiretapping has no constituency.
Some of you may decide that my FISA position is a deal breaker. That's ok. But I think it is worth pointing out that our agreement on the vast majority of issues that matter outweighs the differences we may have.
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