Okay. I was alive this past week, and I couldn't help but notice that the following things occurred:
- The economy collapsed, putting McCain's party at a distinct disadvantage.
- McCain, nevertheless, said the "fundamentals of our economy are strong."
- Then he said they weren't.
- Then he said that by "economic fundamentals" he meant "workers," a definition no one else in the world uses.
- McCain's response initially was a big government approach to fighting greed.
- Followed by a small government approach to fighting regulation.
- Prominent conservatives like David Brooks, Chuck Hagel and Charles Krauthammer, threw a big wet blanket on McCain for his choice to put Sarah Palin on the ticket.
- As did incoherent McCain enthusiast Richard Cohen.
- Karl Rove warned that the Palin frenzy was going to cool down.
- Which is wise, because it is.
- Meanwhile, McCain's surrogates are getting worked like speedbags all over the media.
- Including a chorus of the piss and moan blues after the rough treatment the McCains received on that perennially hard-hitting news show, The View.
- One prominent surrogate said that Tina Fey, of all people, was "sexist."
- The same surrogate said that John McCain and Sarah Palin didn't have the acumen to run a company.
- Those remarks forced the McCain campaign to "disappear" her.
- Not so for the idiot who went in front of reporters to claim that John McCain invented the BlackBerry.
- And then John McCain decided, "Heck, why not ramp up some pointless diplomatic conflict with Spain?"
After that sort of week, one might expect that the negative poll trends that bedeviled Obama in the run out from the Republican National Convention would begin to reverse themselves. And, you know what? They have.
BUT FORGET ALL THAT. Because Mark Halperin, over at his Kooky Komic Book Of Politics, sees it differently: "Obama Closes Strong, But McCain Wins The Week." Which raises one question. Why is Mark Halperin TOTALLY BOGARTING THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS HE'S SMOKING?