Lew, Fuld wasn’t expecting that knockout punch, but GOP stalwarts said McCain needed to land one tonight — or else.
For instance, a friend who used to work for Congressman Fred Eckert sent me Eckert’s piece today: “praying for more saves by Sarah is not a strategy,” he writes. “McCain must wake up and stop pussyfooting around.”
So what did McCain do tonight in the three minutes I watched? He bragged about “reaching across the aisle” to Feingold (campaign finance “reform”) and Lieberman (War war war). Eckert is correct: the ticket’s appeal to conservatives gets weaker every day as the neocons feed Sarah the Kryptonite and McCain acts like he needs CPR. Bob Dole in 1996 was more electrifying.9:39 pm on October 7, 2008 Email Christopher Manion