51 weeks ago — on 1.16.07, as the ’07 Sundance Film Festival was just starting and only days before the Academy would officially announce that Dreamgirls would not be a Best Picture nominee — N.Y. Times reporter Jeff Zeleny wrote that Senator Barack Obama took his first solid step into the Democratic presidential race by opening “an exploratory committee to raise money and begin building a campaign designed to change our politics.” And man, the acid cynicism that rained down from 85% to 90% of the HE talk-backers was like…whew. Proud of yourselves?