You can almost hear the sighs and see the eye rolls. James Carney writes that, although John McCain is way, way, way behind and you, informed and savvy reader, know better, “his central argument — that the race is not over, that he might still pull this thing out — is not completely unreasonable.” Well, not completely. Because people still have to turn out. And vote. And McCain has a pretty good arguments on national security served up by Barack Obama’s running mate. And because the whole country is saying the same multi-syllabic word (“redistribution”). Oh, and because the polls have been wildly wrong at times and lack a consistent model for turnout.
Carney sums up:
Heeding calls from the likes of Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell not to take the state for granted, Obama is returning for rallies both Monday and Tuesday of this week. Absent a seismic event that changes the entire election dynamic, such an outcome for McCain is unlikely at best. “It’s a very long shot,” says a Republican strategist who advises the campaign. “But it’s not impossible. At least it’s something to hold on to.”
Isn’t that sporting of them — giving those poor Republicans “something to hold on to.”
I don’t recall all this “election over, don’t bother” mantra in any previous election. From day one, the MSM has attempted to wrestle control of the campaign from the hands of voters and the opponents of Obama. They aren’t about to give it back now. More candid MSM reporters are fessing up about their lacking of due diligence in “vetting” Obama. But they aren’t about to acknowledge, after all that hard work, that voters always get the last say. ( You can hear them tut-tutting, “But really, can you believe those Republican candidates still working and trying to convince voters that that nice, moderate Obama is some wacky socialist?”)
McCain may not be able to pull it out, but we now know the appropriate standard for a future elections when a Democrat may be trailing by single digits with a week to go: “Give it up, guys.” Right?