The most entertaining part of this election season for me has been watching the Changeling and his handlers turn a 7 point lead into a 5 point deficit by carefully hewing to the standard Democratic formula of playing to the mythical center. Sure, it didn't work twice before, but the third time's the charm, right?
That's why I found the choice of Joe Biden as VP particularly yukworthy. McCain has hammered Obama on his lack of experience for the past month—so how did the Obama campaign respond? By putting some gray hair on the ticket. The message is clear: sure, our guy is a lightweight, but don't worry, there'll be an adult in the room with him at all times. The Obama campaign has done more than its share of backpedaling over the past few months, of course, but in this case they're actually backpedaling on their own candidate. It's enough to make you wonder if Bob Shrum has joined the team.
I'm a little sad that the Democrats won't have a chance to match their staggering achievement of losing twice to George W. Bush—since I think they may well have been up to the task—but seeing how they manage to blow their endless list of advantages will still be good for a few laughs over the next few months. Almost as fun as watching the dismay of the fervent believers in an inevitable Democratic victory, as they run headlong into the reality that they share the country with people who literally believe that their golden boy is the anti-Christ.