...to BrianFaughnan's quite good post, but I decided it was worth it's own blog:
Obama has two problems, here. The first is that he needs to "respond to every criticism leveled at him by a Republican operative," simply because his party's mythology is full of stories about The Democrat Who Wouldn't Fight Back (instead of, say, The Democrat Who Fought Back Like an Idiot). He doesn't dare buck them on that. Interestingly, there is a Democratic politician who was and is pretty good at deflecting Republican criticism; a few lessons from him might help Obama turn his campaign around completely.