Who is he trying to convince? Us or himself?
“Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.
Listen. Partisans are locked and loaded. Independents are breaking toward Obama and swinging away from McCain hard. The only thing left for McCain has been to go negative. That doesn’t typically play too well with Indies. They are not the types to be persuaded at this late date with smears and gutter level political ads. In fact, the opposite could be true. They may look at it as confirmation that they’ve made the right choice. I’m not aware of a campaign being down double digits 3 weeks out and coming back to win on the strength of negative character assassinations. Gallup had historical polling that was interesting, but I can’t find the link to it.
It sounds to me like the McCain camp is trying to right the ship by first talking themselves into this new “right where we want them” mantra, then trying to get independent voters to buy in as well. I got a feeling it’s not going to work.