Person of the Day: Barack Obama

| Thu Jan. 18, 2007 4:00 AM EST

BARACK OBAMA, who, in his pre-presidential campaign, is being flooded by requests from groups that want to support him. One is called "Sportsmen for Obama." "I don't agree with everything he says about guns," Rep. Brandon Phelps said. "He would never do anything to hurt hunters, because he has bothered to get to know us and listen to us." Chicago Tribune, 1/17

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I don't think I understand the full nature of what's happening here, but it feels different from previously held political wisdom. Does Obama represent a new way to govern, or just a new way to win?

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