Now, the brutal reality is starting to overcome denial, and Powerline's Paul Mirengoff writes:
[T]he McCain brand has been damaged, with the assistance of the MSM, by Obama’s relentless attacks. In addition, Obama has done a pretty good job of conning voters into believing that he is, precisely, a generic Democrat.Not discounting the effectiveness of Obama's attacks or the MSM's role, I think Paul understates the degree to which McCain's defeat has been self-inflicted. To reiterate:
Accordingly, the possibility that Obama will win by 10 points or more cannot be ruled out.
- On Sept. 16, John McCain said the cause of the financial crisis was "reckless conduct, corruption, and unbridled greed . . . on Wall Street."
- On Sept. 18, John McCain said the cause of the financial crisis was SEC Chairman Chris Cox.
- On Sept. 21, John McCain said he would replace Cox with Andrew Cuomo.
- On Sept. 24, John McCain suspended his campaign, called for postponing the first presidential debate, and said he would go to Washington to push for the the bailout bill.
- On Oct. 7, John McCain proposed a $300 billion plan to buy up bad mortgages.