The argument that John McCain is somehow a better choice for commander-in-chief because he has "experience" is specious. As many have said before, there is no set of experiences that prepares you for the presidency. It is a unique office, part executive, part inspirational, part strategic, part managerial, and wholly make-it-up-as-you-go-along. Herbert Hoover was one of the most "qualified" presidents we've ever elected, with a resume that promised great things. He had everything you'd need for president, except the one trait that mattered most: the ability to lead, to inspire, to speak to those better angels of the American republic. Abraham Lincoln, as most of us know, was probably one of the least "qualified" candidates to run for the highest office, but while his resume was thin, his talents were unmatchable. So let's agree that experience, by itself, is no predictor of how a candidate will do in office once he's elected.
What matters is character, judgment, and the ability to lead and inspire. And in that regard, given how McCain has behaved over the last six months, in contrast to Obama, why does this race remain so close?