So who said this this back in late 2005?
"I don't think I have a place in history yet. I got elected to the U.S. Senate. I haven't done anything yet."
That was the humble, grounded Barack Obama, newly elected to the US Senate. And what has he done in the Senate? Well his proposal to surrender to Al Qaeda in Iraq in January of 2007 was shot down. Otherwise, not much.
McCain could run a positive campaign emphasizing experience and his energy plan. Don't ask Hillary how the experience thing went - she had a bad experience with experience because she lacked experience.
But on energy, McCain has something to please (or irk) everyone. Offshore drilling polls better than might have been expected in California, Obama can't pronounce "nuclear", and enviros know McCain has been a Senate leader on carbon cap and trade schemes (don't tell righties).
Energy is a real problem needing some leadership from Washington provided by a guy who has experience working with both sides to get things done. Obama has never demonstrated that ability and has not currently adopted energy positions with appeal to the right. McCain has repeatedly displayed his ability to
sell out the right work across the aisle.
Should be a winning issue.
MORE: On offshore drilling - sure, McCain opposed it with oil at $40/barrel. But why can't the "right answer" balancing the value of the oil against the environmental trade-offs change with improved, cleaner recovery methods and a tripling in oil price? Not a flip-flop, but a adjustment to new facts. Quite Keynesian.