A side question on my mind during the lead-up to the debate I’m hosting tonight about the relative merits of John McCain and potential spoiler Bob Barr:
Might paleoconservatives (especially if Edwards ends up on the Dem ticket, though Hillary as v.p. seems increasingy inevitable) see even Obama, never mind Barr, as a more pious, populist, and antiwar candidate than McCain? Indeed, might we yet see, say, Pat Buchanan endorsing Obama? (I predict Buchanan’ll endorse Barr, actually, but if he were to express an opinion on the two major-party candidates, I wonder what he’d say.)
We know that even some moderately-conservative and/or libertarian folk sympathize with Obama to some degree, such as Manhattan Institute ethno-linguistic analyst John McWhorter, McCain critic Matt Welch, and self-contradicting post-hawk Andrew Sullivan. It seems not just that many people like Obama but, more eerily, that many people want to like Obama, which makes him more of a political vortex. I remain immune.