Election ’08: Taking Stock of McCain with Three Weeks to Go

With just 21 days until the election (and, incredibly, early voting already begun in many parts of the country), Sarah Palin appears to have hit her stride. Unfortunately, her running mate seems to have stumbled badly.

While the Alaska governor is out there correctly noting that the Democratic nominee has a history of “palling around with terrorists,” John McCain is telling his own supporters he doesn’t fear an Obama presidency-and getting booed for it. In the polls he’s sliding almost as fast as the stock market did last week.

Sen. McCain says not to worry, that he is another “comeback kid” (thanks for the Clinton allusion). Stocks that go down also go up, right? The Arizona senator says he and Palin have team Obama right where they want them: overconfident. Isn’t that what losers always say before the end?

McCain famously said once that he’d rather lose an election than a war. Now, however, it appears that he’d rather lose an election than win an election. Let’s tick off some of the mistakes: Talking tough in ads but then appearing to weasel out of it in the campaign and during debates; hiding Sarah Palin for too long before sending her out unprepared; failing to put together a coherent economic message (though that hasn’t stopped Barack Obama); and failing to challenge Obama’s gaseous proposals on the facts.

Yes, he has team Obama right where they want to be: in first place, with McCain receding quickly in the rearview mirror.

Regarding the ethics investigation of Sarah Palin that concluded over the weekend, this appears to have been another trumped up frenzy with little substance. The governor broke no laws but was supposedly guilty of abusing her authority because she pressured an underling to fire a scumbag trooper. The report noted that just firing the official for insubordination would have been fine. So “Sarah Barracuda” appears to have been too nice in this instance.

Memo to Palin: Next time, just fire the guy.

Now that this brouhaha is over, it’s time for the MSM to put the same energy and resources they invested into “troopergate” into investigating Obama’s ties with Ayers, Wright, ACORN, Rezko, and all the rest. Voters have a right to know. The fact that the media won’t do their job is the real scandal.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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