This article, comparing the Obama phenomenon to the Diana one touched on something that has been bothering me. The triumph of appearance over actions. Barack Obama has no accomplishments of a Presidential character on his resume. John McCain has a dozen of them.
Barack Obama (and his party) resisted the measures that would have prevented or ameliorated the collapse of the lending market. John McCain lead the charge to change the GSE (Fannie/Freddie for you normal people) structure against the pork barrel types in his party. Yet he suffers for the economic collapse caused directly by government intervention in the housing market along lines that he opposed.
Barack Obama explicitly states he will defund military weapons systems and pander to foreigners with American foreign policy. He has never in his life done anything hard as far as can be determined. There has been no tough choices for Obama. His votes of "present" and his extremely thin skin to criticism (to the extent anyone ever does) are also not formers of character. He seems most comfortable, and is most loved, in the cosseted, rarefied groves of academia.
John McCain springs directly out of John Wayne's America. He is "Lieutenant Dan" come to life. Yet we may have reached a point (with the help of the economy, Bush fatigue and McCain's refusal to attack Obama early as a Leftist) where a soft, unaccomplished liberal can waltz into the White House on style and the love of protective elites in the media.
This has nothing to do with his participation in a socialist political party, association with domestic terrorists and race baiting ministers. Those at least hint at the steel of a Leninist. Many of us don't like Hillary but none of us think she is weak.
It is the softness of the man, rather than his chomskyite views, that will invite foreign adventure by our adversaries. Biden hinted at this but I think it touches on something basic. Barack Obama seems like someone who backs down in a tight spot. Weakness is provocative.
Maybe he has the qualities of a fine princess but he does not seem to have the background, character or strength to be President. I hope I'm wrong but so far nothing hints that I am.
John McCain warned Reagan against putting Marines in Beirut. He was not heeded to and disaster followed. He warned Rumsfield to change course in Iraq. He was not heeded and disaster followed (until he was heeded on the surge). He warned Republicans not to spend so much money and implement programs they could not pay for. He was not heeded and they lost Congress. He warned against Fannie/Freddie. He was not heeded and disaster followed. Now he warns us against Barack Obama. If he is not heeded, disaster may follow.