While McCain is familiar and his record is fairly clear, Obama is a Rohrshach Test: what you see really reflects your inner desires rather than reflecting Obama himself.
I see a similarity to when the Israelites—not satisfied being ruled by judges—demanded a king. They were not satisfied with God as King ruling from heaven with judges to advise on the ground. Security concerns and other reasons led people to want a king and strong, centralized rule.
It seems that many Obama enthusiasts really want a King… someone who can, through proclamation, make new laws and start new programs. This is the way he talks… as if there will be no politics if he is president. Just elect him and all the politics will go away and everything he promises will come to pass. These are not powers of a president, but an absolute monarch. It is naive. It is dangerous. It is naive because our system does not give absolute authority and dangerous that so many want Obama to have these powers.
Too many Americans want a King… meaning a federal government with many more central powers… to push through a lot of grandiose and expensive liberal ideas… on the basis that they are for the good of all of us (at least those who are not rich)… they don’t feel the need for checks and balances as long as Obama is president.
Obama is our country’s Rohrshach Ink Blot and enthusiasm for him reflects very un-American desires. We remember that the left admires Europe so much with its centralized power and history of monarchy. We would never say directly we want a king but the Ink Blot tells us otherwise.