Let's see here. Just about every poll indicates North Carolina is clearly a swing state in this election. And yet, where is John McCain running his campaign here? In Florida.
By late July, Obama had 11 campaign offices in the state. McCain, who coasted to a 74 percent win in a primary held two months after he had clinched the Republican nomination, was still (as of midsummer) coordinating his North Carolina campaign out of a regional office in Tallahassee, Fla.
Now, even if you allow for our blue-tinted glasses, this is a colossal strategic blunder on McCain's part. Is he counting on some silent majority we don't know about?
To be truthful, I don't find this nearly as hard to believe--after all, he hasn't opened any offices in Indiana either. Some Indiana Kossacks suggested that McCain isn't opening any offices there because if he loses Indiana, he's probably lost the election. Could McCain be thinking the same thing about North Carolina.