When his record on these matters is contrasted with Al Gore's, it becomes even starker. The reason many Americans are excited about the possibility of Gore's return is not because we loved how he carried out the 2000 election. It's because of what he has said since then. He has spoken out fervently in defense of the United States Constitution, its law, its justice system and its core principles.
Gore has roared while Obama has whispered. This makes an enormous difference. A real difference, not something based on guesses and theories as to how many Americans might hold nebulous prejudices.
Is it too late? Not by a long shot. Speeches are what Obama is good at. So, can he rally? Absolutely. Can he show decisive leadership rather than just good political instincts? Absolutely.
But he hasn't done it yet.