Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

David Freddoso, who knows more about Barack Obama than not just anyone but everyone combined in the MSM, remarks that is it not just the fact of Obama’s associations with a cast of bizarre characters:

McCain must also point to Obama’s failures of leadership in connection with these associations, for this is far more important than the associations themselves.  .  .

He then finds yet another conflict of interest involving a law client:

The client, Robert Blackwell, had just paid Obama $112,000 in his capacity as a private attorney for one of his corporations. State Senator Obama and [aide Dan] Shomon then helped Blackwell obtain $320,000 in state tourism grants to hold ping-pong tournaments.

It is not as if self-dealing, executive skills, and integrity aren’t issues in a presidential campaign. So it remains baffling why these were not front and center from the start of the general election. Perhaps the McCain camp underestimated the media’s unwillingness to bring some of this up on their own. Maybe the McCain team imagined it would do this all in the fall and unfortunately got swamped by the economic meltdown. Or they could have be lulled by their own success this summer in narrowing the gap in the polls through the “celebrity” attacks.

Still it remains a bit of a mystery and, in the end comes, down to McCain himself. One suspects he never had his heart in the effort that was needed: a systematic and sustained effort to reveal Obama as a Leftist and a craven product of machine politics.