I think we are seeing in the Barack Obama campaign is a case of sacred text syndrome in action. The Obamatologists have their noses stuck in Saul Alinsky's sacred instruction manual while McCain and his crew are doing Boyd Cycle (OODA: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loops around them.
And the interesting thing about doing the Boyd Cycle is that one need not perform the perfect action, one only has to perform an action faster than the other side in order to throw them off balance.
Of course one cannot achieve balance if one's nose is stuck in the sacred Marxist instruction manual.
(More on this subject over at CLASSICAL VALUES)(HT: Mark Urbin)