Quick diary to alert everyone that McCain might well take another impetuous maverick move before the debate on Wednesday.
The balloon has been hoisted up by Bill Kristol in today’s New York Times:
It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign.
He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.
Over at Fivethirtyeight Nate Silver has been reading the runes…
He notes how the Drudge report has been desperately trying to headline minor variations in McCain’s losing edge as a new ‘momentum’ and comes up with the following prognostication:
The McCain campaign is planning on a major “reboot” of its campaign in some point in advance of Wednesday night’s debate.
What the McCain campaign really, really doesn’t want is for this move to be portrayed as desperate stunt.
The only way for McCain to do that is for him to convince the media that he already had the momentum. The campaign will probably try and claim the moral highground, perhaps contrasting McCain’s repudiation of the woman who called Obama an “Arab” on Friday against John Lewis’s comments from Saturday. They will suggest that McCain found his voice, and made the “maverick” move of telling off the Beltway Republicans who were urging him to go for blood.
It won’t be an easy spin war for them to win. But they’d seem to have little left to lose, and if the media is reminded of the “old” McCain, they may tend to give his narrative the benefit of the doubt.
Forewarned is forearmed. How to we frame this new spin before it happens?