John Fund is a writer for the Wall Street Journal, and his take on Peter Fitzgerald is here. It's pretty good.
(The reference is to Hilary Clinton's -- as it turns out, accurate -- description of a vast, right-wing conspiracy out to get President Bill Clinton. Conspiracy isn't quite the word. More like 'corporate-funded network' since there isn't anything secret about it).
It's a good thing that Peter Fitzgerald didn't run again, because he could have beat Barack. Hate to say it, but it's true. (Unless the GOP was so alienated from Fitzgerald that they would have dumped him for Obama, but I don't really understand enough about the base Republican voter to predict that). I'm just saying Fitzgerald was very attractive to swing voters, and Barack's message wouldn't have resonated as well against Fitzgerald as it did against Alan Keyes. Man, I still can't believe that guy was the Republican nominee. Anyway, glad it all worked out!