McCain benefits from a long-established reputation as a man who says what he believes. His shifts in position that have occurred in this campaign seem not to have damaged that aura. Obama is much newer to most voters, less familiar and more dependent on the impressions he is only now creating.
If only David Broder had some ability to actually impact perceptions of prominent political leaders. Maybe somebody should give him a column in an important newspaper and frequent television appearances. Or maybe if Broder believes that McCain's reputation for straight-talk oughtn't be impugned by the facts, he might deign to offer us an argument as to why that's the case rather than sniffily informing us about auras.
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