Alex: I just watched the video (and saw Barack recently when he appeared in Maine before state's caucus). To my mind, he has a spectacular intuitive/political sense in regard to what issues to address and what to let pass, and how to tie in his campaign themes (e.g. mention of Christianity blunts rhetoric/claims some others would seek to attach to him in regard to his religious affiliation) within that effort. His most recent handling of the Chicago financial benefactor potential scandal also seems to be making the best out of what appears a potentially very bad situation. Give all the details earlier and his candidacy would likely be derailed. Wait later and he appears highly evasive (at a minimum).