I think Barack's flexibility on energy has helped him out in the polls already. Here's a few points you can take out of his poll numbers right now to get ahead of the game:
"His rapid rise benefited ironically from his ability to "transcend race," we have been told repeatedly. That's another way of saying that he seemed to offer Americans a way to reduce race to something that would not matter anymore. Americans want to believe that race doesn't matter and apparently we will only believe it if we hear a black person say it."
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
Contrast that with the Kurtz's Barack Obama's Lost Years in The Weekly Standard.
"Indeed, race functions for Obama as a kind of master-category, pervading and organizing a wide array of issues that many Americans may not think of as racial at all. Understanding Obama's thinking on race, for example, is a prerequisite to grasping his views on spending and taxation."
Status update: Obama still had a radical left-wing pastor who preached for 20 years and this has yet to be re-introduced as a general election issue.
Does Obama think white supremacy is the organizing principle of the USA? (As Wright does.)
Does Obama think 9/11 was an inside job? (As Wright does.)