Is Mr. Obama's self-conception in line with his gifts, depth, wisdom and character? That's the big question, I suspect, on a number of minds.
As for Mr. McCain, I think he had the best moment of the month this week at the big motorcycle convention in Sturgis, S.D., when he was greeted with that mighty roar. And his great line: "As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day." Oh, that was good.
There's a thing that's out there and it's big, and latent, and somehow always taken into account and always ignored, and political professionals always assume they understand it. It has been called many things the past 50 years, "the silent center," "the silent majority," "the coalition," "the base." The idea of it has evolved as its composition has evolved, but the fact that it's big, and relatively silent, and somehow always latent, maintains. And watching that McCain event—vroom vroom—one got the sense it is perhaps beginning to pay attention to the campaign. I see it as the old America, and if and when it reasserts itself, the campaign will shift indeed, and in ways you can even see from 10,000 feet.
Indeed, & I recall some EU-nuch Kraut Kommentator noting he's just seen "POTUS 44" in Berlin in front of rapturous empty-headed EU-nuchs of the same ilk that cheered Adolf three generations ago.
Americans, happily, will decide this election, not the two Left Coasts & self-appointed elites from the Academy and Hollyweird---not forgetting crooked unions or crooked trial lawyers.
The noisy lefties who don't want their phones tapped, but do want their noses in your business & hands in your wallet can't wait to get the Democrat tax machine in charge of the country.
But I think four more years of waiting for Obama to "season" a bit isn't too long.