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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This is an article you want to read.....

The final stage of implosion is upon us with still 11 more days until the election.
With despair rising even among many of John McCain’s own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—-much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.....

Top Republican officials have let it be known they are distressed about McCain’s organization. Coordination between the McCain campaign and Republican National Committee, always uneven, is now nearly dysfunctional, with little high-level contact and intelligence-sharing between the two.....

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.

The real killer is that this far enough in front of the election that, if they don't get it together, it could create a mini-wave that will further affect enthusiasm and turnout. I mean, if this is the message coming down, how hard are those volunteers going to work on election day?

And how do those downballot races look without turnout?

This is the way over the cliff.


  • If McCain really does have an effective stunt left, it would require a well-coordinated machine to push that message nationwide in such a short time. Or if some disastrous gaffe should occur in the Obama campaign, everyone in the McCain effort would have to organised and on-message to capitalise on it. Otherwise, a potential 4 point gain becomes a one point gain lost in statistical noise.

    Lastly, McCain bragged two months ago that he would win in the last 48 hours with a massive GOTV effort. It looks like he may instead be occupied trying to keep his team together.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale , at 8:47 AM  

  • I agree completely. On top of their own internal chaos, the media appear to have moved on. They're now talking process and horserace.

    And after the "Joe the plumber" tour of Florida, and the recent "socialist" jag, it would take a whole lot for the media to give credible coverage.

    If the polls started moving off one of these, the media might cover it, but if the media doesn't cover it as literal, the polls don't move, you know?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:58 AM  

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