Again, I say that he is only guaranteed a win if we who are outraged do nothing! I have read enough here to see the begining of an upset if we pool our resources, tag our listservs and donate to his opponent.
While I am NOT a religious man, I do appreciate your fifth point, because since we are going to have someone in office who does profess a religon (faith), it certainly is best that it is a person as you describe there.
This country is facing the greatest challenges it has ever known and we, those of us with the most deeply held convictions, still bicker about the most petty inane things.
Call me and mine what you like. Senator Obama represents the hope of most Americans for a better conversation (his numbers prove that, and unless you are a really cynical person, you can not relly believe that 258,000 diverse Americans are all/mostly enamered by the charisma of this one man). I am no policy wonk, but I know that I want someone who understands his role as described (implicitly and explicitly) in the Constitution of the United States. Someone with gravitas who will reach for and grasp the full dynamic of the office and make sound decisions for ALL Americans.
Not only should we be excited that so many people are part of this historic movement we should celebrate the fact that Senator Obama is willing to go through this process. I, personally am proud to be called an "Obamaniac". In fact I would like to invite all like-minded Obama supporters to join us in San Diego in calling for a "Barack Obama Visibility Birthyday Bash" on Aug. 4 to celebrate the Senator's birthday, help the 3Q numbers by buying/wearing Obama shirts and pins and reall showing the country/world what 258,000 supporters look like.
There are no good option for reversing any of the poor decisions made during the Bush Administration, especially the war. Those of us on the left who insist on a rigourous extraction seem to refuse to see that we broke and we must fix it.
We have a moral obliqation to thw world to "... be as as cautious getting out as we were reckless going in."
Senator Obama has always been as right as he has politically couragous since the begining of this whole fiasco.
I Trust him to lead this country back to its rightful place on the world stage.