In the latest Maureen Dowd column in the Times, I found a Maureen Dowd paragraph and an Aaron Sorkin dream conversation between Obama and fictional president Bartlet ala the West Wing.
I love Sorkin, I always have. I thought the column wasn't bad. It wasn't great... it wasn't bad. The piece instructs Obama to essentially find his balls he seems to have lost since many of the post-primary consultants came on and started moving him to the center. Ball Loss Syndrome (BLS) is a difficult problem in politics, that typically comes after a new hire has convinced the candidate to be something else for fear he/she might lose. BLS affects more each year.
Symptoms of BLS include: Pandering, commercials talking in front of a flag or church, pictures with dogs, buying dogs, decreased online outreach, increased tv media buys... It is on both sides of the isle: McCain lost his balls sometime around the 2004 election when he traded in Maverick for Panderer. Obama only recently lost his balls when he seems to have decided he didn't want to upset anyone.