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Barack Obama's move toward the center in the general election has his staunch online supporters disappointed. His defense of his patriotism has yet to win over his conservative blogging critics, already outraged by retired Gen. Wes Clark's (D-Ark.) questioning of John McCain's military service. And both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Democrats take heat from Republicans for stances on two recent topics to come before Congress, energy sources and foreign surveillance, bloggers on both sides write.

Because Obama is "cross" at Clark for raising questions about the pertinence of McCain's military service to the White House race and at MoveOn.org, kos has decided not to give the max donation to Obama's campaign this fundraising quarter. Obama should talk more about healthcare and workers' rights, which have been liberal causes, instead of adopting the right's messages about the "dignity of work" in his new television ad, writes MyDD's Todd Beeton. The Netroots online movement may become even less enthusiastic about Obama after he criticized MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad in his speech Monday defending his patriotism, writes RedState's Pejman Yousefzadeh.

Obama and Democrats don't understand that their candidate's real problem with patriotism is that he's trying to remake the United States, a country that is already inherently "good," writes Jonah Goldberg at The Corner. Efforts to debunk those smearing Obama's patriotism are one thing, but they go too far when they dismiss Obama

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