McCain will win in November, and by a landslide, barring some unforeseen event. Obama is the most talented and persuasive politician of his generation, the intellectual superior of all his competitors, but a fatally insecure personality. American voters are not intellectual, but they are shrewd, like animals. They can smell insecurity, and the convention stank of it. Obama's prospective defeat is entirely of its own making [because he did not choose Clinton as his running mate].
— Spengler, Asia Times Online, Sept. 3, 2008.
Obama may not be the right person in 2008. McCain may not be the right person in 2009. Suffering is certain.
There are plenty of people to whom the crucial problems of their own lives never get presented in terms that they can understand.
— John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, 1931.
May this not also be true of nations?