We might well want to pity John McCain for his intense "Obama Envy" in the immediate future. Although he may not yet know it, this is why John McCain will lose the election, unfortunately for him.
How do I come to this conclusion?
John McCain witnessed 250,000 Europeans taking time out of their day to come hear Barack Obama speak at a gigantic rally in Germany. Poor John McCain, who couldn't compete, chose to deride Obama's popularity instead. Loudly and repeatedly, he called Obama a celebrity not ready to lead. The Question that remains? Why would anyone want to vote for the candidate that cannot draw a crowd? Let alone why would one want such a candidate to lead them? The world is 4 to 1 in favor of an Obama presidency...and yet that is not desirable? Is that really the case? Personally and secretly, neither I nor John McCain really think so.
John McCain, after talking up Barack Obama's lack of experience, decidedly named a Vice Presidential choice who is way less experienced than Barack could ever be. The media, seizing on the "new excitement" injected into the McCain campaign, tried about as hard as they sold us the Iraq war, to sell us Gov. Palin. She's a "Rock Star" they announced; a formidable presence on the ticket, they exclaimed; a real "game changer" they concluded! And so, ad-nausea and in unison, the corporate press compared Palin to Obama for two straight weeks.
The problem for McCain is that, once the dust settles, the message remaining will be; John McCain chose to put on his ticket, an "Obama Wannabe"; someone who could stir his base as much as Obama stirs his. This really is just another sign to the world that McCain just might have a case of "Obama Envy".
Then John McCain, who has been campaigning on experience, dropped his own campaign slogan altogether and ripped off Barack Obama's instead. To date, did John McCain even have a slogan, and if he did, what was it? If you can't remember, then you see the obvious problem John McCain has. McCain's blatant attempts to steal Barack's message for Change exemplifies again that John McCain has "Obama Envy". And the question is, why would anyone want to vote for a man who demonstrates so clearly that he, himself, lacks any original ideas? Why vote for a bad imitation, when one can vote for the real thing? Be mindful that the candidate with the distinct and consistent message usually wins the election, e.g., "It's the economy Stupid".
Meanwhile, to his calculated delight, John McCain's Sarah started attracting crowds; hailed as record breaking by a breathless fawning media. The women are ordering Sara Glasses, they giddily reported. Of course this is oddly similar to the stories of women buying up Michelle's dress after she appeared on The View. Problem is as later reported, crowd size at the record breaking rallies didn't live up to their billing; 8,000-9,000 as opposed to 23,000 is quite a deflation for the McCain Camp. Evidently, trying hard to be "Obama" is not as easy as it sounds.
So please, those who believe that the sky is falling and John McCain might win this thing, spare me! He won't. The many reasons why may not have crystallized for you yet, but they have for me. You see, John McCain's greatest pitfall in this election, when one day we look back, was that John McCain would have rather been Barack Obama than to be who he was as a candidate.
The analysts will then understand, and no matter the anxieties you currently feel; McCain's biggest downfall was his great big bad case of "Obama Envy".