I think it is becoming more and more apparent that Obama made a serious political error in not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate, the thing the majority of the people in his party wished him to do. Biden is a fine man, but I cannot help but agree with the political assessment of this man:
Commentary: Obama wrong to spurn Hillary, pick Biden - CNN.com
Obama missed a chance to unite his party, solidify his base, and merge his campaign into one of the most effective political organizations in US history. Instead he left a political opening for a man who is a deft and experienced politician to fracture his base and gain momentum at the close of the election, and I think at the heart of this error may be a sin of pride on Obama's part, and we all know what the old saying is about that.
Each campaign seems to have it's one moment - Kerry in not responding immediately to the Swift Boat Smears is last time's example, Obama not choosing Hillary will probably go down as his. Time is growing short, I hope Obama can figure some way to pull it out, and I hope that if he does win, McCain changes from his current new personna, which I think is in the cards, because the person he really wanted for VP was Liebermann.
While I am extremely disappointed in McCain in so many ways, especially the person he choose as VP (which may become the key to his undoing) , he deserves credit for this brilliant move - he rolled with the punches, took life as life was offered to him, and chose an effective strategy for dealing with it. It is easy to see how he survived his time as a POW, it is those kinds of qualities that makes him what he is - a survivor, and perhaps, a great leader.