Quin, I agree with nearly everything you say. I would just add one thought. In a week in which conservatives dreaded the President stepping on the lines of a much more persuasive and articulate spokesman for the war –Gen. Petraeus — there is a good reason to put emphasis on a candidate who is articulate, persuasive and needs little re-write/”clarification” after he addresses key issues. If Bush taught us anything it is that excellent communication skills are not window dressing but are essential to a successful president.