So Where Do Things Stand?
Obama can't reach or break fifty percent consistently even with the media cheering him on and McCain is stuck in the forties somewhere. If America is looking for real leadership in 2008, I suspect many are still wondering where the hell it went.
Gawd! Would someone make this election stop? I have to believe much of America has had it by now. As far as where things stand, McCain remains a very long-shot to win. And the problem is, as usual, McCain.
With numbers in the low to mid-forties, he's never truly inspired or provided a rationale for a McCain presidency, other than don't vote for "that guy." That's rarely a winning strategy. Can it pay off? It could and even might, but I wouldn't bet on it.
Watching Goldfarb twist in the wind the other night because he dare not mention Jeremiah Wright was pathetic and emblematic of McCain's approach to the attack component of the campaign. We want to hit him hard, oh but not that hard. What a freaking joke. So once again McCain takes the high road and has the carpet pulled out from under him. If that's good judgment, then there's actually a conservative on the ballot this year. Fact is, there ain't – not in the top slot, anyway.
Peggy Noonan locks up her seat at State dinners and completes her decline into old age, irrelevancy and emotional tripe that does America no good and ultimately means nothing with this bit of meandering nonsense today. It's time for Noonan to retire and go west to roam the hallways of the Reagan Library as an inconvenient ghost from the past.
I expected a week of mounting attacks from McCain. It appears his campaign had a poor start way back when he drifted through the South doing townhalls instead of staking a claim. And I guess he never planned for a close. Monday was good, McCain won the news cycle. Since then, it's been nothing but the usual crap. The numbers haven't been closing, certainly not like they needed to for a McCain win. As of this moment, it looks like McCain has nothing left.
Are there enough undecideds and perhaps last minute switches to throw this thing to McCain? I can't rule it out. But a significant number of Americans don't really want to see either of these two guys become President. And that, more than anything else, might be the take away from this year's run.