The Britney Spears comparison that McCain used on Obama sure smells of desperation. It's an argument that basically says, millions of people support Obama because he's popular, not that he's popular because they support him. It's Yogi Berra logic: "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded." Using Britney is an attempt at getting in touch with voters' inner angry old man. "Get off my lawn!" is what McCain is really shouting. It's not about whose playing the race card, McCain is instead flouting his decrepitude, his inner lawn shouter.
For me, Obama is saying so many things that resonate with exactly what I want to hear, that I'm suspicious. I've noticed that my pseudo libertarian, free market economics world view has begun to crumble when my paycheck comes up short each month. The sweet sound of protectionism and the promise that the government will solve all my problems is intoxicating. A couple more stimulus checks and I'll be out of credit card debt. It's the lure of the Ring of Power, however, so I'm trying not to give in too much. It's tempered by Obama's backsliding on promises that frankly I had wished he hadn't made. The backsliding is problematic, although the message is much improved. It blows most of his credibility for me, however.
Before George W., I might have slipped into middle-aged Republicianism. However, now I plain don't trust them and doubt I ever will. I wonder if this is true with other people like me in the country? I wonder if Republicans will become a dying breed, much like bridge players? At best, they'll re-organize and let those more in-step with the country run their party, with a promise never to listen to half-wits again or those with shiny new theories they want to employ on the world stage. They can promise, right? It doesn't matter if you believe in half of what a group says, if the other half has elements you find repugnant. Democrats, for me, are at worst, misguided and ethically challenged, rootless opportunists. But that's a classic definition of a politician, right?