Getting to Know John McCain

A number of commentators, probably all of them Democrats, have referred to Barack Obama’s “compelling personal story.” I’m not sure exactly what is so compelling about Obama’s story, compared to that of any other Presidential candidate. What seems blindingly obvious about the 2008 campaign is that John McCain has the most compelling personal history of any candidate in more than a century.
What I’m not sure about is how many Americans are aware of it. Those of us who think about politics every day are far removed from the concerns of most of our fellow citizens. My guess–and it is only a guess–is that around two-thirds of those who will vote in November have a clear idea of who John McCain is, and what he has experienced on behalf of his country. If that is anywhere close to being right, current polls are meaningless. Because millions of Americans have yet to see ads like this:

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