I won’t claim I read all the Obama coverage so you don’t have to, but here are links that added to my knowledge rather than subtracting from it:

  • Is Obama “too pious” for nonbelievers? PZ Meyers of Pharyngula thinks so, and Frederick Clarkson of Talk to Action has slagged Obama for echoing religious-right talking points in a June 28, 2006, speech. But Chicago blogger, grad student, and unbeliever Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist thinks their standard is unrealistic. Writing at the Institute for Humanist Studies, Mehta takes heart from that same speech: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” concluding that “It will be some time before we see an atheist in the White House, but for many of us non-religious Americans, Obama might be the best candidate we will see for quite some time.”
  • Given that the liberal-conservative spectrum isn’t very nuanced, how liberal is Obama’s voting record? The indispensable Brendan Nyhan gives the gist using a more sophisticated measure than usual, developed by UCSD political scientist Keith Poole. Obama ties with Hillary as the 14th most liberal voting senator.
  • Jameson Campaigne offers a surprisingly good analysis from Real Clear Politics by Jay Cost: “He seems to claim that he can move our political spirit beyond partisanship. If there was substantial evidence on his résumé that he can indeed do this, he would be better off. Barring that, it all boils down to his personality…. The wager Obama placed this week is that the country’s desire for partisan transcendence will be greater than its skepticism about his capacity to deliver it.