It's amazing how quickly things can change.
Two years ago, the stock market was humming along, there was no credit crisis and the most important issue on voters' minds was the war in Iraq.
Last summer, gas skyrocketed to more than $4 a gallon in many parts of the country. The stock market began to plummet, and trillions of dollars in retirement savings were wiped out. An unpopular president became even more unpopular as the economy continued to deteriorate.
In recent history, the support of evangelical Christian voters has been more important to the Republican Party than ever. Without it, George Bush would likely have lost the 2000 and 2004 elections. These days, it's hard for a Republican to get elected without strongly opposing abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control. But during a recession under one of the most unpopular Republican presidents in history, John McCain has quite a mountain to climb to become a candidate that conservatives will really want to rally behind.