“The truth is that it is the excesses of McCain’s own party from which the country needs to be saved. That McCain is now attempting to seize the mantle of ‘change’ for himself is profoundly absurd. And that he expects the American people to swallow it is profoundly insulting.” — from Esquire‘s endorsement of Barack Obama editorial, the first such declaration in the magazine’s history. Coming at this stage of the game with Obama heavily favored, the impact isn’t what it might have been. If Esquire had run this last June or July, it would have been a different deal.