It’s going to get ugly

29 days to go before the elections and one thing is clear: it’s not going to be pretty. Sarah Palin kicked it off this weekend by trying to link Obama to William Ayers. Think link is a fairly tenuous one, but crystalizes the McCain strategy for the homestretch: try to raise doubts about Obama’s character while diverting attention away from the economy. Will it work? It can’t win McCain the election, but may could help stop the bleeding in the polls. What he really needs is for the economy to recover and for some sort of major international crisis to occur. And during that crisis, he needs to look a lot better than he did during the recent bailout proceedings. And he has to hope that the polls are seriously underestimating the “Bubba” factor. And he has to hope that this doesn’t get too much attention:

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