McCain Is a Cub in Bear Market

Republican getting desperate as the economy buries campaign
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2008 8:06 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., shakes hands after speaking at a rally, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, in Strongsville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – With Barack Obama making a strong showing in so many red states, wild proposals are all that’s left for John McCain to try, writes George Will in the Washington Post, because this election seems over. McCain's proposal to pad the bailout with several hundred billion more for a mortgage-buying plan may garner disapproval, but “it may be politically prudent for McCain to throw caution, and billions, to the wind.”

But McCain has apparently settled on a closing argument that “is less that Obama has bad ideas than that Obama is a bad person." The Democrat seems almost wearily bemused by it all. McCain’s choice to focus on Obama's Chicago associations while the economy tanks seems surreal—“or as a British politician once said about criticism he was receiving, ‘like being savaged by a dead sheep.’”