John Hinderaker makes the salient point here:
This whole controversy illustrates a basic point about politics. Those who are heavily into politics think in terms of policy and pay relatively attention to the personal qualities of candidates. Most voters, on the other hand, are less interested in ideology and focus more on who the candidate is. This leads to a disconnect between the political class and the average American, who is likely to be puzzled at best as to who, and what sort of a person, Barack Obama is.
One thing has been clear, at least to me, from the beginning about the man who is now President of the United States. The only thing that Barack Obama believes in, really, is Barack Obama.