I’d always thought this year we’d see some surprises come next Tuesday, perhaps McCain stronger in a state where he has been ruled out, a challenger not even on the national political radar defeating an incumbent in a House or Senate race.
Back in 1990, no one expected Christine Todd Whitman to come within a whisker of unseating incumbent New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.Â Her low-budget campaign tying the popular Democrat to the unpopular tax-hiking Governor Jim Florio paid off.Â “Two weeks before the election, Mr. Bradley had held a wide lead in the polls. . . . Â His final margin of victory was 55,180 votes out of 1.9 million cast.“Â Three years later, Mrs. Whitman would unseat Florio.
We’ve heard of the woes of Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha so his defeat, while welcome, wouldn’t be that much of a surprise.
I have a sense we’re in for some surprises, likely Republicans doing better that we fear, just wish I could identify them so come next Wednesday people would praise me for me foresight.Â
Do y’all have any idea what surprises might be in store for us?
And now, we’re getting to electoral crunch time when the Democrats invariably release their October surprise designed to blunt any Republican advantage in the campaign’s final days.Â As polls show a tighter race, with undecideds possibly poised to break for McCain, this “surprise” could stop any stop any last minute surge to the Republican.
Let’s hope that should there be such a surprise, the McCain camp and its allies are ready to counter it.
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