Des Moines, IA - Senator Barack Obama, speaking before a crowd of veterans today, signalled a major change in his positions by referring to "a historical challenge" instead of his earlier phrase "an historical challenge".
"This is a major turnaround of great concern to the American voters," said Karl Rove, "Obama won the Democratic primaries, drawing millions of new voters by talking about 'an' historical challenge. But now that he's secured the nomination and has to face McCain, he's dropped the "n" and talks of 'a' historical challenge. The major question is: will the media ignore this reversal on an issue of great concern to the voters?"
Pundits agreed. "This is yet another major, major issue before the voters of this country," intoned a man in a suit on television. "The question is whether we can trust a man who says "an" one day, and then suddenly says "a"? Does this show a lack of experience? Do we really know who Obama is, rhetoric-wise?"
The Obama campaign was quick to react to this newest attack. "Obama has consistently used both forms of the indefinite article as needed," said a spokesman, "As president, he will consider all views, including that of the grammarists on the ground, and refine his usage according to facts as they develop. But, in the end, the decision is his to make and he will select whichever form of the indefinite article is better for America."
But it may be too late. "We are solidifying an image of Obama," said one host of a corporate media program, "As a man who changes his opinions when he learns new facts. Is America really ready for that sort leadership?"