The biggest question for Americans is not whether we like Barack or John, Sarah or Joe better. It is whether we have the character to recognize flattery when we hear it, and to stay focused on what matters.
The Right's non-party machinery now suddenly has a laser-like focus on creating a "surge" of voters for McCain-Palin. This machinery is vast, strategically targeted, exceptionally well-financed, and ready to rumble.
"If we win North Carolina, Obama will be president," Dean told the crowd. More voters turned out for the primary this year here than voted for John Kerry. "All it will take is registering people to vote."
Lawyers have to appeal to juries the way pols have to appeal to voters. But there's one difference: you can't squeeze all of America's voters into a jury box to hear your opening and closing statements.