Shrinkwrapped has an interesting take on the election. He notes that both candidates have some troubling authoritarian tendencies:
Thus far we have seen authoritarian tendencies in both candidates. John McCain’s authoritarianism has been nowhere more apparent than in his presumption to understand better political speech than our founders. Our founders understood that controlling political speech was the first step toward tyranny and explicitly declared that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” John McCain has exhibited an authoritarian bent in other areas as well, arising from his conviction that he is more noble and pure minded than others. This is of concern…
Barack Obama has explicitly directed his followers to restrict the free speech of those who have the temerity to oppose him. My post on Joe the Plumber last week documented some of the troubling ways in which his supporters have attacked a citizen whose only crime was to elicit an unhelpful comment from Barack Obama. Of great concern, Obama not only made no attempt to rein in his supporters but has used techniques which border on the extrajudicial to intimidate and silence his opponents int he past. Thus, while I find reason for concern about both candidates authoritarian tendencies, I remain much more concerned about Barack Obama’s apparent comfort with efforts made to intimidate and silence opponents.
Meanwhile, Robert Robb at RCP thinks both parties ought to lose the election. With Congress’s approval below 20% and the President’s not much better, the fervor for a political messiah seems a little odd — but then again, maybe the explanation is quite simple.