Well, now that we appear to have worked through "the Obama fret
" (Polling fine to good among women, Hispanics, "working white," Jewish, swing state, etc.
,) it looks like the focus is swinging back onto McCain whose campaign right now seems a rather chaotic and slipshod affair.
You had McCain's top campaign figure Charlie Black yesterday saying
Americans dying in a terror attack could only be good for his candidate.
You've got the anti-immigration GOP livid
that McCain held a secret meeting with Hispanic leaders where he supposedly promised them "paths to citizenship."
You've got McCain out in a poorly chosen Santa Barbara
pushing offshore drilling in a state where that's not popular.... and McCain's backs off
hiding behind "states' rights..... and you've got Schwarzenegger speaking against his plan
Then, there's this gem
. When asked by Fortune magazine "What do you see as the gravest long-term threat to the U.S. economy?" John McCain responds Islamic terrorism.
Another McCain adviser is the YouTube burp of the day
in trying to defend McCain's inability to use a computer at a tech forum.
There're polls out showing Obama in reaching distance in swing states and red states (Indiana's the latest
, An early bubbling of problems
related to Cindy McCain's beer distribution company. (Opposed Mothers Against Drunk Driving on labels, markets the "youth friendly" flavored drinks.)
Bottom line. This is not the GOP machine we're used to seeing. I'm not sure if this is an off year thing, or a McCain thing, but seems to confirm that, for whatever reason, John McCain is not good running large campaigns. When he goes small, he's effective in targeted markets, but when it scales up, it always gets chaotic.