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Friday, October 17, 2008

Blog for Iowa: McCain's Iowa strategy: Three theories

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

Theory One: If you ask McCain why he thinks Iowa is still in play, he gets a glint in his eye and says that his campaign has been called dead before and they've always been wrong. There is almost a Palin-esque wink, like just wait until you see what I've got up my sleeve. Well, Bryan Lefwitz over at DailyKos believes that we have now discovered what McCain thinks he's got up his sleeve. Lefwitz reports that the McCain campaign has been robo-harassing Iowa flood victims with calls that claim lack of federal help is Obama's fault. They are also targeting these folks with nasty mailers. ... Theory Two: ... Iowa appears to be one of the few places left, in spite of Obama's 12-point lead in the Iowa polls, where McCain thinks negative advertising will work. And once he's lost NM and CO, he must have Iowa to win. Theory Three: In an elaborate poker analogy, andysbg at DailyKos hypothesizes that McCain's inexplicable refusal to pull out of Iowa is actually a tell. "The tell occurs when the player, to their detriment, unintentionally reveals their otherwise hidden intent," Andy writes. Continuing to stick sorely-lacking funds into the Iowa campaign, McCain and his incompetent handlers are actually trying to win Iowa for other purposes, such as bragging rights?

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