Thursday, October 23, 2008

John McFreefall

There's this:
At his Northern Virginia headquarters, some McCain aides are already speaking of the campaign in the past tense. Morale, even among some of the heartiest and most loyal staffers, has plummeted. And many past and current McCain advisors are warring with each other over who led the candidate astray.

One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what he said were senior McCain aides – a breach of custom for even the worst-off campaigns.
And there's this:
A big batch of battleground polls came out early Thursday and brought almost universally bad news for John McCain. The Republican nominee's path to the presidency is now extremely precarious and may depend on something unexpected taking control of a campaign that appears to have swung hard toward Barack Obama since the end of the debates.
And then there's this:
Republican John McCain is not going to make his election night remarks in the traditional style _ at a podium standing in front of a sea of campaign workers jammed into a hotel ballroom. Oh, the throng of supporters will hold the usual election night party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4.

But the Republican presidential nominee plans to address another group of supporters and a small group of reporters on the hotel lawn; his remarks will be simultaneously piped electronically to the party inside and other reporters in a media filing center, aides said.

Bonus video:

How is it possible...but delivering a campaign ad in Spanish makes Obama appear even more suave than usual.


R.A. Porter said...

You ever do something often enough that you're pretty good at it, but not quite often enough that you can do it on muscle memory alone? For me, that would be tennis. I've played for over 30 years, but I take enough breaks that I have to think about what I'm doing in order to be successful. But that tends to make me a bit tense and nervous.

I find myself clenching my jaw and generally tightening up during points, always worried about my next misstep or mishit.

As this campaign winds to a close, and I watch this inevitability train pick up steam, I'm finding myself tensing up just like that. It's not a natural feeling, having my guy running ahead in the polls and improving his lead; it's not a natural feeling to think my guy might win. So I'm watching the campaign and getting tighter as I worry about the next misstep or mishit.

I just hope we can get through this point without it happening. I hope we can make it to November 5 without tripping or shanking one into the net.

And I hope my jaw can make it till then.

Anonymous said...

You probably saw this but Larry David recently said that waiting for this election to be over is like waiting for the results from a biopsy.

Anonymous said...

ps: I love the Spanish ad.

I hear Palin's coming out with one in Pig Latin.

Mark Netter said...

I believe that, should Obama win, you will hear the sound of collective exhalation across this nation. Some of us have been holding our breath for eight years. Some for four, some for just a couple. We, the People, need the relief.

However, should McCain emerge as the surprise victor, the balloon will stay full, stretched, painful.