...[T]he question is, "What purpose is Obama's intelligence devoted to? And is the end result going to be smart or stupid?"
The answer I propose is simple, perhaps too simple, but I think it serves as a good-enough first approximation: His intelligence is devoted to being a smarter version of Harold Ford. Okay, a lot smarter version of Harold Ford. But still, Harold Ford.
Why stop there? I hear Obama and Toger Woods have a lot in common.