Decision 2008: Between Barack and a Hard Place

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This week, Matt Taibbi takes a hard look at Obama and sees a vague, buttery-smooth creature of the middle. Is there enough there to elect? It may not yet be clear, Taibbi writes, but at least the senator's charm throws a harsh light on who NOT to elect. Consider this quote from the piece and let us know what you think.

The Illinois senator is the ultimate modern media creature — he's a good-looking, youthful, smooth-talking, buttery-warm personality with an aw-shucks demeanor who exudes a seemingly impenetrable air of Harvard-crafted moral neutrality. If Hillary Clinton even dares to open her mouth within a hundred feet of him at any time during the campaign, she's going to come off like a pig digging for truffles. Even Edwards — the so-called "slick" candidate from '04 — sounds like a two-bit suburban Buick dealer next to Obama. You get past the "issues," and it's a wipeout.