McCain Moving Out of Motown
Word leaked this afternoon that John McCain's campaign is pulling its resources out of Michigan – campaign workers, money for television ads – because that state no longer looks promising. The Republicans had hoped to win Michigan, usually a Democratic state, by capitalizing on Barack Obama's supposed inability to "connect" with white working-class voters. But state polls, once close, now show a widening Obama lead. A Democratic operative who is not involved with the Obama campaign told me tonight that by rule of thumb, the McCain campaign would have to believe he was at least ten points behind to withdraw from a state where so much campaign machinery was already in place.
The reason for the retreat is easy to surmise. Nationwide, McCain's standing against Obama has weakened steadily since the financial crisis arose to dominate the news. Surveys indicate that voters trust Obama more than McCain to get the country out of this economic mess. Nowhere would this be more true than in Michigan.
The state that once was home to the world-dominating American auto industry has been suffering an economic crisis since the first Toyota Camry rolled off the assembly line. When the rest of the nation gets a cold, Michigan gets pneumonia. Cultural issues and lipstick-on-a-pig ephemera are all well and good, but a candidate who offers no hope for a better economy has no hope in Detroit or Flint or Lansing or Grand Rapids. Time to move on and look for more fertile ground.
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