Barack Obama "is the only possible choice to lead the country," says Esquire, though the magazine’s position is less an endorsement of Obama and more a treatise against John McCain. Obama has failed to define his key campaign theme of change “except as all those things encompassed by the phrase ‘Elect me’”—but he still represents a departure from George W. Bush that McCain does not.
Despite his “dithering,” Obama believes in the commonwealth. More importantly, the health of Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens is declining. These things make Obama the only viable candidate. Meanwhile, McCain’s run has been "cheap and dishonorable," and has forced the Arizona senator to become a "parody of himself." "Not even the presidency," write the editors, "is worth what it's made John McCain do to himself."