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It takes an individual a lot of work to labor under the illusion that Senator Obama represents a "transformational" form of politics. His is a candidacy that purports to represent "change" without actually delivering on the specifics of what that "change" might entail. Some of his economic advisors are fans of the deregulator Milton Friedman, his foreign policy advisors are hawkish, center-right policy wonks and he has many friends in storied firms on Wall Street. This, my friends, is not "transformational"; it is more of the same, packaged in a shiny, new wrapper. Real change in America would require the transformation of our society from a more laissez-faire, market force, multinational, consumer economy to a mixed-economy of tighter government regulation, strong public utilities and schools and policies seeking to end the erosion of the middle class. Surely, this is not the sort of "transformation" that Senator Obama has in mind. This sort of change would entail many sacrifices across the political and economic spectrum. This sort of change would not sell so well in these days of media monopoly and sound bite candidacies. No, his is a much safer, media driven apparatus, designed to flatter and appeal. It worked wonderfully in February, but now that the klieg lights are on him, he doesn't seem so special after all.