I wouldn't count on anything until the last vote is counted....or not counted. Way too much funny business going on out there....AGAIN!
IT'S OVER. John McCain still hasn't told the country why he should be president.
He has talking points. He is against taxes, earmarks, and pork. But he can't knit what he opposes into a coherent economic philosophy that would inspire voters to get behind him in the final days of this presidential campaign.
He has an inspirational life story. But in this campaign, he never connected his biography to his presidential ambition, and he never told voters how it would shape a McCain administration and make him a better president than his opponent.
McCain has long years of political experience, exactly what Democrat Barack Obama lacks. But McCain is unable to explain why his experience makes him better able to lead the country.
McCain had at least one good line last night: "Senator Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush you should've run four years ago." But one good line isn't a lifeline.
The Arizona senator finally mentioned Bill Ayers and ACORN to his opponent's face. But he can't link Obama to Ayers and domestic terrorism, or to the controversial community group called Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, as tightly as Obama can link McCain to Bush. And that remains one of Obama's biggest advantages in this race.
The Democrat has other advantages, from the economy to his own eloquence. He also has the ability to do what McCain can't do: look and sound presidential.
Enjoying a surge in the polls, Obama was confident, maybe a bit overconfident in this final debate.
Obama grinned; McCain grimaced.
Each knows his destiny. One man is walking to the White House. The other is just a politically dead man walking.
Joan Vennochi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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