In response to the original point I won't comment on the specs as they have been adequately debated. Having had both D300s and D7000 my impression is that they provide a different shooting experience especially with respect to size and the buttons. The feel of the two cameras (ergonomics) is totally different.
I greatly enjoyed my D300s and the ability to customize on the fly with buttons, but I did not enjoy hiking with it due to its size. I loved it on a tripod. I enjoy the compactness and other attributes of the D7th but miss the ability to bracket more than 3 shots.
While the shooting experience of the D7th, D600 and apparently the D7100 is similar, a D300 or possible successor is a different beast. I have moved in a different direction, but a pro-type DX body would make sense for those who prefer the feel of a bigger camera but don't want the huge and expensive FX lenses. Just my thoughts.