Ben Shapiro
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The Democrats' early advantage leaves John McCain precisely where he wants to be -- flying below the radar, garnering the warm feelings that will assuredly accrue to a man who has served his country for decades and now faces an uphill battle. McCain is eminently human, a quality that both anointed demigod Obama and ice queen Clinton lack. His age may actually help him here -- if the American public gets the feeling that McCain is defending himself from the bullying tactics of a younger frontrunner, it may rally around him.

In 2008, leading the charge has largely resembled leading Pickett's charge -- the first in the footrace is the first to fall. The underdog has the sympathy. The underdog can avoid the glaring, weakness-exposing political spotlight. Advantage: McCain.

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Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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