Like a lot of progressives, I’ve been enjoying the recent leaks out of conservoworld with different factions pointing fingers and accusing each other. These are some decent precriminations, and if things go the way the polls indicate, they’ll lead to some fantastic recriminations in November and December.
It’s worth saying, though, that there isn’t really much cause for it. The fact of the matter is that the unpopularity of George W. Bush and the Republican Party made for an unpromising situation, then along came an opponent who’d raised a ton of money and as summer turned to fall the economy started skidding downward. Under the circumstances, it’s just intrinsically difficult for a conservative candidate to win. McCain and his team have engaged in a lot of embarrassing flailing around over the past few months, and they’d do themselves a favor to avoid a lot of embarrassing post-election flailing. Doubt it’ll happen, though.