Caught in the Middle

Why Obama's centrist shift is turning off his truest believers

Callie Shell / Aurora / for TIME

As Obama courts the middle, he risks appearing like a typical politician.

The problem with a people-powered movement is that eventually the people want a say. John Rosinski, an engineer in Orlando, Fla., always believed in the you-centered philosophy of Barack Obama's campaign. So he and more than 22,000 other supporters who banded together on Obama's website were furious when the Illinois Senator, despite their petition, voted July 9 for a bill that would allow the Bush Administration to continue its program of wiretapping without warrants, a measure Obama once swore he would filibuster. To Rosinski, that's apostasy. "I really don't know right now if I'll vote for him," Rosinski says. "He is...

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