I've seen similar comments about McCain's campaign and have thought the same myself from time to time. But considering what he's up against the fact that he's still in the race is a considerable accomplishment. McCain is running against Obama, the media, ACORN, not to mention boatloads of cash.
Obama's war chest dwarfs McCain's. John McCain kept his word and accepted public financing for the general election. Barack Obama did not keep his:
Advantage Obama. Big advantage:
Imagine the reaction of the New York Times or the Washington Post had John McCain renounced his promise to participate in public campaign financing, proceeded instead to amass $600 million and outraise the publicly financed Barack Obama four-to-one, and begun airing special 30-minute unanswered infomercials during the last week of the campaign.
Think the media would portray it as a savvy move by McCain?:
Obama's massive fundraising -- whether it winds up at $70, $80, $90 or $100 million in September (and October) -- justifies the political savvy of the Illinois senator's decision to go back on his previous pledge to accept public financing for the general election.
While McCain, who did accept public funds, is limited to roughly $84 million in the general election, Obama has been free to raise and spend what he likes -- leading to huge spending edges in emerging battlegrounds like Florida, North Carolina and Indiana.
Pledges are for losers I guess.
The financial advantage is huge. But his accomplices in the media provide him an even bigger advantage:
...we have never quite seen anything like the current media infatuation with Barack Obama, and its collective desire not to raise key issues of concern to the American people...
In addition to the example above, Hanson cites three more areas of national interest that were largely ignored by the media. In making the case for The End of Journalism Hanson also provides a window into the political environment John McCain must navigate - and overcome. It's a lose-lose situation. When McCain is forced to address legitimate issues the media should be reporting on, he's accused of negative campaigning. Rather than respond, Obama simply calls them "distractions" and everyone just moves along. Those reporters who do try to get actual answers are sent packing.
No doubt John McCain has made mistakes in his campaign. So has Barack Obama. But at this point, if all he needs is a "bump at the end to win", I'd say he's done pretty well. And I pray he gets that bump.