John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.
By virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.
The pack is out of session for the next seven weeks campaigning for another term. So perhaps this is a good time to get a little reflective and sentimental before campaign season really heats up in October.
If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.
Senate Republicans last week prevented repair of a law that 99.99 percent of Americans hate and condemn and would vote 50 times to repeal, given the chance. The GOP blocked a bill that would have ended tax breaks bestowed on corporations for offshoring factories and jobs.
Not only is he juggling four highly fragile international crises simultaneously, but in the very small windows of time he has in Washington, he needs to fulfill his constitutional duty by appearing in front of the United States Congress for hearings and briefings.
From billboards linking the UAW and Detroit to a state senator's warnings that unionization could threaten the plant's tax incentives, the battle lines between pro- and anti-union forces extended far past the Chattanooga factory floor where about 1,500 workers toil each day.