Poor John McCain.
The man's campaign started off slow, went into a water ditch at the first turn, and now the reeds are closing in around him. As he fumbles with the door locks, the water rises around him. It's still early yet, but so far, things are not turning out well.
How bad it it? Consider this: While Barack Obama was giving an exciting and moving speech in front of a massive and enthusiastic European crowd of more than 200,000 people assembled before the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (crowd video here), John McCain was reduced to speaking in a near-empty supermarket aisle in front of a dairy case in Ohio.
And no, that's not a euphemism; It was a real dairy case.
But wait: it gets worse.
It turns out that the "just-an-average-consumer" that the McCain camp trotted out for the press corps to interview was actually a local Republican party operative.
Apparently the McCain campaign does not know any real people in Ohio. Ouch!
Deciding to further accentuate the contrast between competence and incompetence, Senator McCain decided to ride Obama's media coat tails by decamping to the nearest German restaurant -- "Schmidt's Sausage Hause" in Columbus, Ohio.
What's funny here is that this "Sausage Hause" appears to be a senior-citizen "Hooters" complete with an accordion player, a tuba player, and a few frauleins flashing just a little cleavage.
Poor John McCain. The romancing of Ohio, is not going well and, according to Real Clear Politics, neither is the rest of it.
McCain is behind in California, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Iowa, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusettes, and Maine ... to name just a few.
Obama is nudging out McCain in Colorado, New Mexico, New Hampshire, and Indiana.
McCain is even getting beat in Arizona fundraising by Senator Obama -- and not by a small margin either.
Meanwhile, McCain's earlier taunting of Barack Obama for having not gone to Iraq in the middle of the presidential campaign cycle, has turned around and bitten the Arizona Senator in the ass.
Partly in response to McCain's challenge, Barack did go to Iraq, where he was greeted by adoring U.S troops, made TWO consecutive 3-point jumps shots, and even had his peace plan endorsed by Iraqi President Maliki.
Just to further gild the lily, the President of Afghanistan welcomed Senator Obama warmly -- along with his proposal to send more troops to Afghanistan to kick the Taliban's ass and actually go out and find Osama Bin Laden.
Osama Bin Laden? Wow ... almost forgot about him. Hmmmm... Wonder what he's up to?
What has been John McCain's response to his free-fall through the stratosphere and into the nether-world of irrelevance?
Believe it or not, it's been to send out an email asking folks like me which of these two videos I liked the best.
And what are these videos? Nothing more than a parade of press commentators saying they are knocked out, admire, and are totally inspired by Barack Obama.
Whiskey- Tango- Foxtrot.
Apparently in the Bizzaro World of John McCain, it's a very bad thing if the press corps (a smart subset of the American people) respect you and are inspired by your words, action and policies.
Woooeeeee! There's a novel political theory! No wonder John McCain is losing! If all you are selling is resentment against the press corps, you have very little to offer.
John McCain, it's time to snap a jelly pack, because you are toast.