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Game Over. Obama Has Won.

I can see no way the McCain campaign can save themselves. After the fiasco of the Palin Veep pick and the press ripping her to shreds for numerous lies, the McCain campaign taking over the Alaska governor's office, and her disastrous ABC interview where she didn't know one of President Bush's most important changes to US foreign policy, the McCain campaign decided that the press wasn't allowed to talk to her (to be fair they decided this before the ABC interview, but thought that interview would be a soft touch). Unsurprisingly, this has led to Palin's relationship with the press getting so bad that the press started revolting (What? Did they have a spare supply of spines laying around?)

Now it's gotten disastrous. Even the normally conservative Wall Street Journal is ripping McCain to shreds. McCain, in a panic, has suspended his campaign and asked to delay the Presidential debate, allegedly to work on the financial crisis. Obama has pointed out that the American people need to hear the candidates speak on this issue and pointed out that in today's world, you need a president who can do more than one thing at a time. It doesn't help that McCain cancelled a Letterman interview, claiming he needed to fly back to Washington, but Letterman found out, live, on air, that McCain was three blocks away at a rare Saray Palin interview.

Of course, the latest Palin interview has also been a disaster because when Palin mentioned McCain's attempt that imposing some regulation for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Couric asked if Palin could mention a single other instance in McCain's 26 years in Washington that he's pushed for more banking regulation but Palin couldn't name a single instance.

Now, after the McCain campaign has changed the debate format to make things easier for Palin, they're asking for her debate to be postponed.

This all begs an obvious question: if Palin is ready to be second in command, why can't she take over McCain's campaign in his absence? It's not like she's got anything better to do right now.

First Palin, then the economy. This has to be one of the biggest campaign collapses I've ever seen.
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I so hope you're right. I'd just moved over here before the 2004 election, and I was 100% sure Bush could not possibly win that election. I'm keeping this post on my 'read and hope' list. I hope, hope, hope you're right.
I had better be right. Otherwise, the rest of the world will know that the USA is just business as usual :(
Maybe McCain's decided that Obama would be the best man for the job, and this is all just a way of making sure he doesn't get in himself.
Hey, aren't you due to be ID carded from November? Gotta keep tags on you pesky foreigners ;) Of course, everyone else is to follow in 2011... :(
Hmm, given that the creator of Calvin and Hobbes has never allowed anyone to license his art, that's an copyright infringement you could report.
Your conclusion is based on a flawed premise.

Remember, all the people who care even a little bit have made up their minds already. The campaign is now not about people who pay attention. It's about scrabbling for the votes of those who watch enough TV to see political ads but are not engaged enough to actually remember what they see for longer than day or two. Those people, the "undecideds," the people absolutely least qualified to choose our commander in chief, will elect our next president. And they are not swayed by anything but the last attack ad they saw right before they stepped into the voting booth.

So this election is still wide open and up in the air, because those who are swayed by logic have already decided. Logic won't decide the next president.

And that's the flaw in your logic. And that's why McCain is not necessarily done for, even if logic dictates that to be true.
If I didn't live in an area where 99% of my neighbors are voting McCain without even considering other options, I'd find this terribly funny. As it is, I find it terrifying.
Minor Nit: Thomas Frank & WSJ
"Even the normally conservative Wall Street Journal is ripping McCain to shreds."

Notice that that article is by Thomas Frank, who is an incendiary and erudite critic of conservatism, especially free-market conservatism: http://tcfrank.com

What's surprising to me is that the "normally conservative" WSJ hired Frank to join the loony-right wingnuts on its editorial page. I'd love an explanation.