What amazes me most (and really, it shouldn't) about the 1983 Obama article is that it has just now been "discovered."
Oh yes, the article exposes his radical viewpoints, his anti-militarism, and his anti-nuclear proliferation viewpoints, but how is it that the piece just now comes to light? And would it have made any difference if it had come out earlier? In answer to the second question, not really. I don't think it would have swayed many votes one way or the other. I think the article just shows what most of us already knew about him.
What amazes me though is that this new "discovery" shows that the media just hasn't done the digging to find these pieces that it should have done during the campaign. The worse alternative would be to consider that they DO have these articles and papers that Obama wrote, and are just choosing not to reveal them. If the New York Times can chose to sit on the story of a captured journalist for several months, it's not too much of a stretch to think they could also sit on unflattering articles by Obama. Just a supposition.
Obama has been quite secretive and quiet about his college years. He's written two memoirs but we can't find anything he wrote at Columbia or Harvard? Seriously?
This 1983 piece reveals, as others have pointed out this morning, his radical and naive views of nuclear disarmament. I don't think this article is particularly shocking or revealing. We already know this about him. He expressed these views during the campaign. Does it matter that he felt this way in college? Not really; not to me. We already know he has little sense of history and a naive outlook on foreign policy. He has not grown intellectually one iota since college. He still believes we can all hold hands and make nice and the world will be a happy, peaceful place.
I'd be more interested in seeing what other papers are out there. Has he written anything about Israel? Race relations? Could he have written anything at Harvard that might have given us insight about how he wants to shape the Supreme Court? Anything on Cuba or Venezuela? Ever? Any of these things could have informed us during the campaign. The press chose not to go there.
We are in dangerous hands, but we already knew that.