Barack Obama, July 31st
Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name, you know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.
Jonah Goldberg, today
More than most candidates, Obama needs to appear like a plausible commander in chief because he’s not only inexperienced (during the last Summer Olympics, he was still an Illinois state legislator), he’s novel. The name, the skin color, the cosmopolitan upbringing: Fair or not, all of these things give Obama the aura of otherness that is both part of his charm and a potential handicap.
Just so you don't have to read any of more of his bullshit, the shorter version of Goldberg's column is this:
Republicans will attack Obama for acting like he's already president and for not acting like he's already president.