There is certainly praise for McCain's past leadership and early primary victory, but that went downhill.
...the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated.And crucially:
The choice of Sarah Palin epitomised the sloppiness. It is not just that she is an unconvincing stand-in, nor even that she seems to have been chosen partly for her views on divisive social issues, notably abortion. Mr McCain made his most important appointment having met her just twice.In contrast:
Of course, Mr Obama will make mistakes; but this is a man who listens, learns and manages well.