In the fashion of someone coming to the debate late (and hasn't had time to do more than skim the post), I'd like to point out that paradox was mistaken when he declared that John McCain didn't have a base. Because he actually does. His base are those intrepid reporters and pundits in love with his "maverickness". He might not be reaching the Republican base, but he sure has won the hearts of the folks who think they speak for the average man.
Your turn now.