The dagger in any election is if you can peel away a significant slice of the other side's base. It's always a fight to attract the independents and non-partisan "moderates, but if you can actually get into the opponent's base, it's all over. Ronald Reagan was unbeatable because of "Reagan democrats", socially conservative democrats who liked him better than their own party's candidates. It's no secret that conservative republicans are not crazy about John McCain. While they are put off by obama's far left positions and dubious associations, many admire his personal narrative. Still, he needs a bold stroke to get any significant number of conservatives to pull the lever for him. He is in a box because any policy initiative he might adopt to appeal to conservatives would be anathema to his moveon. org base. What to do? There is a simple step that would destroy McCain with conservatives but would not be that big a deal to obama's supporters. Obama should come out and announce that he will pardon imprisoned Border Patrol agents Campean and Ramos. Their prosecution and absurd prison terms infuriated conservatives, and it was the final straw that turned many of them against Bush. McCain has refused to weigh in on the issue. Obama would instantly transform himself from a threat to a hero to many conservatives, while appearing compassionate to his liberal base. A win-win proposition for Obama that would utterly destroy McCain.