McCain wins!

Who needs to debate when you can just declare victory hours in advance?

Published September 26, 2008 4:50PM (EDT)

You have to hand it to the people on the McCain team: Their combined predictive powers are truly amazing. In fact, they're so good at seeing in the future that they knew John McCain had won tonight's debate even before he officially announced that he'd be attending.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza notes that an ad proclaiming "McCain wins debate!" was already running on the Wall Street Journal's Web site Friday morning. (A screen shot of the page can be seen here.) The reader who tipped Cillizza also saw a second ad that contained a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: "McCain won the debate -- hands down."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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