Moving along -
Does anyone REALLY like McCain? Is anyone REALLY energized about his candidacy? Does anyone actually say "HEY OMG MCCAIN! I LOVE THAT GUY!"?
I mean, I KNOW a lot of people do. There are a lot of people out there who are excited about the guy - but uh....
I know, personally, exactly ONE person who will definitely vote for McCain - and I don't think he's exactly excited about McCain. I'm sure there are more people around me who like him, but I'm just not seeing it. I'm not exactly sheltered, either - I know a lot of conservative people, and I live in a flyover state. I mean, here I am, in an accounting firm, and people are excited about Obama. Weird. I've heard, more than once "well, this is the first time I'll vote Democrat!".
So... I'm beginning to think McCain's a bit nervous, right about now. His best hope was to run against Hillary Clinton - she's someone who most Republicans HAAAATE, so it would have been easier to energize the base. Obama, on the other hand (at this point) actually seems to be attracting Republicans and 3rd-partiers into the mix (IE me), which has got to be terrifying for McCain and his prospects.
I was listening to Rush Limbaugh a while back (yes, I do on occasion. shut up.) and he said, essentially, that a McCain / Obama election would be about ideas instead of personality. Of course, he's of the opinion that Obama has no good ideas, but whatever. I think he's right - this election, at least as far as I can see it, will hopefully work on ideas.
Here's the more likely scenario: McCain is going to do everything he can to scare people into voting for his ticket. The talk radio waves will be filled with accents on the HUSSEIN middle name, and vaguely worded allusions to his wife hating white people and being unpatriotic (both sentiments I find absolutely deplorable - no wife would support her husband in a political race for the presidency and slog through all that crap if she was unpatriotic. She would have encouraged him to, you know, make millions as a partner in a law firm or teach or whatnot - but politics? Come on!). McCain will say that Obama's policies will leave the USA insecure and dangerous. Immigrants will hop the border. Black men will rape white women. Dogs and cats will live together and the walls of some precinct in New York will weep blood. Mass hysteria.
Yep. It's gonna be a fun election. And by fun, I mean that I am pretty sure that I will want to hack off my own ears with a rusty spoon by November.