Nagourney & Bumiller report:
After a turbulent week that included disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin and signs that Senator John McCain was struggling to strike the right tone for his campaign, Republican leaders said Saturday that they were worried Mr. McCain was heading for defeat unless he brought stability to his presidential candidacy and settled on a clear message to counter Senator Barack Obama.
The concern here is touching, but it seems pretty obvious that McCain’s problems have less to do with his campaign tactics and “message” than they do with events in the world. Either McCain is the victim of bad luck, or else he’s the victim bad conservative policies producing bad results, but however you see that it’s pretty far-fetched to think that more clever campaign gambits could have pulled this out for him.