Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain campaign: Plan A isn't working, so it's time for Plan B

Based on today's news, traipsing around the country letting voters get to know him isn't working for McCain, so the Senator with the worst attendance record is heading back to work, hoping that *not* letting voters see him will help his candidacy.

The McCain campaign, which for the last couple of weeks has all but ignored the crisis in the financial services sector (hereafter referred to as "Wall Street"), other than to say that "the fundamentals of the economy are strong."

Today, though, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll of Americans (hereafter referred to as "Main Street") shows Barack Obama is widening his lead over McCain in their quests for the presidency.

The McCain response? To "suspend" his campaign and request (beg!) that the Obama campaign cooperates with his Hail Mary pass attempt and do the same. (BTW - I'm not the first to use the "Hail Mary" allusion - Rep. Barney Frank called McCain's ploy "the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either footballs or Marys.")

Breaking: Obama has declined to suspend the campaign or to postpone Friday's first presidential debate, scheduled to take place in Oxford, Mississippi.

I do have one question (of the semi-rhetorical variety) - Has anyone with the McCain campaign researched the success rate of Hail Mary passes in the NFL?

I don't know the actual stats on that, but in all the games that I've watched, out of dozens of attempts, I can't recall more than three or four that worked.

Bottom line: while the election is less than a month and a half away, it's still too early to go to "gadget" plays born of desperation (as much as it disappoints me as a Democrat and an Obama supporter, he's just the stronger candidate right now. He's *not* walking away with the election. Yet. :) )


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