Barack Obama’s opponents have called his supporters “a cult of personality.” In less contentious terms, journalists have begun to wonder whether Democrats really have much of an idea who their presumptive nominee is and what he stands for. Anyone who claims to know the full truth about even the public man, what he really thinks, and how he thinks, is probably deluded. The Obama supporter who adds that, “Of course I understand him. He’s like me,” must be the most deluded of all.

I have to confess that I think I know Obama’s mind. He’s like me — a legal scholar.

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