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(D) His advocating decriminalizing marijuana in January 2004 versus his Oct. 30, 2007, position opposing its decriminalization.

(E) His jaw-dropping same-day flip on having Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel.

(F) His shameless reversal on NAFTA.

(G) His nearly immediate backtracking on whether Iran poses a serious threat to America.

(H) His progressive position shifts on Iraq - as documented by Peter Wehner and Michael Barone - from “don’t go in, stay in, and get out.”

(I) And his vigorous defense then abandonment of both his pastor and his church.

The common thread, in a word, is expedience. It is not toughness; it is not savvy; it is not gravitas; and by all means, it is not admirable.

Barack Obama is every bit as politically calculating as Bill Clinton but twice as smooth. And if that doesn’t jolt you, you’re sleeping.

David Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated columnist, author and a lawyer. His book “Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today’s Democratic Party” was released recently in paperback.