Time: When You Know You Are Losing

Time

When You Know You Are Losing

There is now a pattern emerging from the McCain campaign and its surrogates. Instead of trying to persuade Americans who aren’t in their camp (the sign of a campaign that thinks it can win), they are trying to de-legitimize them (the sign of a campaign that thinks it can’t).

That’s what you hear in Sarah Palin’s disquisition in Greensboro, N.C., on “these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.” (So what does that say about the rest of the country?) That is what you hear in Nancy Pfotenauer’s suggestion that there’s a difference between Northern Virginia and “real Virginia.” It is what you hear in Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s crazypants rant about–well, I really don’t know what. And it is what you hear in a robocall strategy that is as ridiculous as it is cowardly. (On that score, Republican Sen. Susan Collins deserves credit for calling for a stop to it in her state.)

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