As last week’s third Democratic debate once again revealed, Barack Obama’s attempt to avoid sounding divisive and "politics as usual" has mostly backfired. While Obama often sounds like a college philosophy professor during these debates, Hillary and others have excelled by making their viewpoints short, to the point, and with emphasis.
With last week’s third debate at Howard University, the focus was upon issues particularly important to minority communities. As the first black American with a realistic chance of winning the presidency, Obama should have taken the opportunity to dominate the debate. But the loud applause he received when first appearing on stage was by far the loudest ovation he would get the whole night.