With the Presidential election only 3 weeks away, John McCain faces a stark choice: Will he go down in history as a principled conservative who lost an election standing on his convictions? Or will he go down as an opportunist who lost while bringing out the darkest elements in American politics?
With the national and international financial system in a midst of collapse, Americans worried about saving their jobs and their homes, the Iraq War lasting longer than World War II, and Osama Bin Laden still holed up in the mountains of Pakistan, 72 year old John McCain is a man whose ideas and persona are out of step with this moment in history.
After 8 disastrous years of Republican rule under George W. Bush, all of the tides of history point towards a Democratic victory on November 4th. Obama's principle obstacle to the Presidency has been whether a majority of Americans were ready to accept him as Commander in Chief. After his performance in the first two debates, and his calm and steady response to the financial crisis, Obama seems to have passed that threshold. Obama holds commanding leads in national polls and in all the states won by Kerry in 2004, and is also leading in 9 states won by Bush. The election now appears to be shaping up as a possible electoral vote landslide combined with large Democratic pick-ups in the House and Senate.
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