Upon careful reflection, though, I think we can narrow the explanations to these three. Two of which are bad. Ah well, we never had odds like those with Bush.
1. He actually believes these are the right positions. Not good.Oh come on, it's not that inconceivable. If I were Obama, I'd be deploying strategy number three.
2. He doesn't believe them, but he's a black man trying to get elected in America--cut a brother a break. Not as bad, but it does tend to undermine his "change" promise.
3. He recognizes that generation-changing, massive-scale change can only be done by someone who is not seen as a revolutionary and who has the help of his foes. He is therefore offering a small token of his bipartisanship so that when he tries to push something like single-payer healthcare or radically greening agendas through, he'll have allies abounding. Call this the benevolent Machiavelli. It's a longshot, but I'm an optimist.