McCain Seeking Way To Win Without Winning

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:41 EDT
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McCain is giving up on Colorado, and is instead focusing on Pennsylvania.

Barack Obama is up an average of 11 in Pennsylvania.

This means one of two things: either John McCain plans to go full-out Reverend Wright for the next two weeks (in which case it’ll actually be for about two days after the McCain campaign spends the next week mumbling about it, releases a web ad, and then McCain is forced to back off it after someone at a rally yells, “Burn a cross, see what he thinks about that!”), or McCain is running the Bush 2000 game where he spends his last few days running in states that don’t look like toss-ups in order to make the race seem more competitive than it actually is.

I kind of get the feeling that McCain’s going to go out with a spectacular whimper, railing about socialism to dwindling crowds while Palin runs a separate and far more popular campaign speaking directly to the conservative id. We’ll be waiting with baited breath for that last flash of Rovian competence…and I’m just not sure if it’ll ever come. Thoughts?

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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