First, happy new years. Here's to a better 2008 than 2007.
Second, I richly anticipate the reaction in the comments threads on Daily Kos at the news that now Obama's taking shots at trial lawyers, in an attempt to cut off Edwards.
Methinks Obama doesn't understand something here. He belongs to a political party. Now I know, it may be hard to accept, he and his handlers may wish to go back to a gentler time when partisanship was seen as antithetical to the values of the new Republic, but those days are long gone. He is, for better or worse, a Democrat. And as a Democrat, taking shots at groups that are the favored punching bags of Republicans doesn't help. They are associated with Democrats. He is a Democrat. Thus, attacking them will, indirectly, hurt Obama.
And since Republicans are masters at indirect attacks, they will definitely use this to hurt Obama.
Oddly enough, I don't think Obama's inexperience is hurting his policymaking. I am wondering, however, whether or not his inexperience is hurting his politics. This was just dumb.