I think your "Ross Perot" argument is misplaced. It is the same argument used by the republicans to explain away why Bill trounced them. Bill ran as a change agent just like Obama. The republicans had run up the national debt, unemployment rate was high and people were losing their jobs and homes. Bill got the largest share of the Clinton-Perot-Bush votes. Had it been a Clinton-Bush race, Bill would have won. Had it been a Clinton-Perot race, Bill would have won. Why? People wanted change. Obama has history on his side. He will win if he stays focused and does not get side-tracked by the flavor of the week - Palin.
There is no doubt that the republican base would have been galvanized and united, had Obama picked Clinton as his running mate. However, the Clintons have beaten them TWICE, despite the republicans' rally against them. The Clintons know how to beat them. The republicans treat the Clintons as "pigs"; these same republicans are well aware of what happens to them whenever they attempt to wrestle with the so called pigs. Remember, Bill beat them twice despite all the vicious mud-slinging against Bill.
If we Democrats want the White House, we have beat the republicans on ideas as well as remind Americans what life could be under a Democratic administration. I have yet to see an ad from Obama camp showing the many homes that are boarded up today and contrasting them with the booming economy of the 90's. Take a picture of the long unemployment lines and show it the electorate through a well crafted ad. We are wasting our time here talking about Palin instead of focusing at the task at hand.
In fact, these so called pundits are not doing Obama any favor. If anything they are alienating Clinton voters. Alter, Matthews and co are piling on at the time we need unity in the Democratic Party. Enough already!
Thank you for you sincerity about your feelings for your church. I wish you continued faithfulness in your church fellowship. It would be helpful to keep reminding those of us who believe in Christ that "there is no black church and there is no white church; there is only the Christian church". If we follow and adhere to the Golden Rule, maybe, just maybe, we will live to see fairness and justice practiced all over.