December 27, 2007

PROVING, ONCE AGAIN, THAT THE CW IS ALWAYS WRONG:

For McCain, It Could Be State of Resurgence: Wide-Open Caucuses Offer Hope To a Candidate Who Has Lagged (Michael D. Shear, 12/27/07, Washington Post)

McCain had been left for dead politically this summer, and now his decision to return to a state he skipped altogether in his 2000 bid for the White House is one of the many signs that the GOP contest for president is still in search of a front-runner. [...]

McCain still trails in Iowa -- most polls peg his support in the single digits -- in part because of his opposition to ethanol subsidies and his support of immigration reform. But armed with an endorsement from the Des Moines Register and buoyed by his success in New Hampshire, McCain on Wednesday launched a three-day tour of Iowa's rural towns.

"We're getting down to the final days, and we're happy with the way things are going, but we've still got a very tough fight here in Iowa," McCain told reporters in Council Bluffs. "We're working hard, and we have a very good organization, but we have a very long way to go."

McCain plans to return to New Hampshire on Friday, where advisers hope a come-from-behind victory over Romney will catapult him into the lead in succeeding primaries. In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday titled "How we win," campaign manager Rick Davis mapped a path to victory: a "strong finish" in Iowa; the "top spot" in New Hampshire; a "well-positioned" showing in Michigan; carrying South Carolina; and a "unique ability" to compete in Florida.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2007 8:39 AM
Comments

Very smart. If he keeps Thompson under 3rd place, he wounds him mortally.

Thompson is the only real threat, and dispatching him in Iowa, if possible, would serve McCain well.

The cleverness of it all (or luck) is that McCain was viewed so damaged that no one even took him into account anymore.

The right set of attacks could have finished him off, but instead, everyone was "nice". McCain played it so well that he has tape of every Democrat saying nice things about him - anticipating that he would drop out or lose badly.


Posted by: Bruno at December 27, 2007 9:20 AM
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