John McCain knows a lot of people are writing off him and his campaign, but he remains -- publicly, at least -- optimistic. In a speech to be delivered Monday, McCain had this to say, according to prepared remarks:
Let me give you the state of the race today. We have 22 days to go. We’re six points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.
Bill Kristol, meanwhile, thinks otherwise. In his latest column for the New York Times, the conservative writer says, "It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign.
"He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed."