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Obama’s Collapsing Map

Tuesday, September 23, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Time, like the New York Times, is pretty much an extension of the Obama campaign, so it must have caused great gnashing of teeth around the magazine to read Jay Newton-Small’s piece recognizing that Obama is rolling up the carpet in state after state he has spent millions on.

It is already clear that ten states hold the keys to the White House, and that McCain and Palin are doing very well in two of them, Florida and Ohio, while Obama struggles to hold on to blue states Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and McCain tries to keep Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico red. Dems are shaking their heads that after all this hype and fund-raising and with a fresh round of economic woes, Obama hasn’t pulled away. Chris Cillizza has the latest round of state polls, and in only one of them –Wisconsin– is Obama currently outside the margin of error.

Dems see a situation where the rookie Obama can stumble and hemorrhage support in a single news cycle while the veteran McCain just keeps it close or stays a point or two ahead in key states and wins at the close. It isn’t what they expected. It wasn’t what they were promised. It is why they are so much more nervous than the GOP.

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Today’s Conference Call With Team McCain

Monday, September 22, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jennifer Rubin, also on the call, has a summary and a link to the audio.

I hope JR is right about the campaign and wrong about the economy when she writes:

Bottom Line: Wow. There is a lot of downright antagonism there toward the MSM. Moreover, there is an obvious plan now afoot: spend the next 43 days “educating” the public about Barack Obama and making this about leadership. Will it work? Perhaps, but it may be the only realistic counteroffensive McCain has available in a hostile media environment and a collapsing economy.

More On The Obama Dirty Tricks Team

Monday, September 22, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Geraghty the Indispensable has the latest. (RobinsonandLong.com).

UPDATE: In a conference call underway now to highlight the new “Chicago Machine” ad, McCain Palin campaign manager Rick Davis blasted the “very negative” campaign run by Obama since the convention, and notes he is “amazed by the level of personal attacks” launched by the self-declared new kind of candidate.

In response to a question about a story in this morning’s New York Times having to do with Davis’ past work for the Homeownership Alliance, senior strategist Steve Schmidt also unloaded on the New York Times for having abandoned its journalistic traditions and becoming an extension of the Obama campaign. Chris Cillizza has the details here.

In response to my question about this morning’s story about the possible source of attacks on Sarah Palin and the past attacks on Stanley Kurtz and David Freddoso, Schmidt noted the “fierce campaign of intimidation waged against any critic of Obama,” and promised to look into the new story closely though he challenged the MSM to investigate the ties between David Axelrod and the Winner firm and whether the internet smear campaign was being run de facto by the Obama campaign. Schmidt also used the question to demand increased scrutiny of the Obama-Ayers relationship.

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