If you've read enough profiles of Barack Obama, chances are you're familiar with the name Kirk Dillard. An accomplished and articulate legislator who served with Obama in the Illinois state Senate, he is frequently called on by the national media to shed light on the presumptive Democratic nominee's early days in politics.
Dillard is an unabashed admirer, one whose high praise for Obama led the campaign to feature him in Obama's first biographical television ad.
All of that wouldn't be so unusual except for the fact that Dillard is a Republican. And a delegate for John McCain.