Barack Obama’s general-election shift to the center is in full effect on issues from spy powers to taxes, and the liberal left is getting a little steamed, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Democrat's support for cutting corporate taxes, an undivided Israeli Jerusalem and—perhaps most importantly to left activists—the domestic spy-bill compromise have introduced "an element of distrust," one says.
The left now has "a strong reason not to trust him or give him the benefit of the doubt," one blogger says of the man who won the primaries by running to the left of his opponent. But few insiders are surprised at the shift on Iraq (a slower drawdown) and Iran (no automatic meeting). Said one, “He can’t win if the center isn’t comfortable.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)