Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

The Wall Street Journal blog describes senior McCain aide, Mark Salter, as "giddy." It quote him as saying:

We feel like we've been saying all week. We're well within the margin or on top in all these battlegrounds.  We got a real good shot at catching the guy."

A really good chance at catching the guy.  Now, how would that me?  Here are some of the national polls coming out today:


Obama 53
McCain 44

Democracy Corps

Obama 51
McCain 44
Nader 2
Barr 1


Obama 50
McCain 43


Obama 50
McCain 42

No candidate for president since Andrew Jackson in 1824 has captured more than a point lead and not won the Electoral College, but Salter believes the data supports a McCain win, a McCain win that they have been guaranteeing all week.  

Now Mark Salter might be giddy because he doesn't get enough sleep.  Or he might be giddy because he is drunk or high.  Or he might be giddy because he is absolutely certain they are going to win.  I would like to know what you all think would make Mark Salter giddy on the eve of an apparent landslide loss?

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Giddyness is oftentimes

also a symptom of denial.

by aggieric 2008-11-03 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Giddyness is oftentimes

Very true.  It's one step away from a liberating "fuck it".

by Jess81 2008-11-03 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Giddyness is oftentimes

I don't think it's either denial or "f it", I think its more of a case of trying to put a positive spin on it and keep voters and would be McCain voters motivated, so that they don't say "F it" and stay   home. I wouldn't read too much into it.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-11-03 12:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Giddyness is oftentimes


by Jess81 2008-11-03 02:16PM | 0 recs
I vote for high.

Studies show a link between cannabis and displays of giddiness in the face of impending doom.

by Bob Sackamento 2008-11-03 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

Because 28 years of Reaganite orthodoxy are finally over, and the world has rotated on its axis

by brit 2008-11-03 10:24AM | 0 recs
Re: 3 point "loss"

Samuel Tilden won the popular vote by 3 points over Rutherford Hayes (50.92% to 47.92%) per Dave Leip's Atlas.  Tilden lost the electoral vote by 185 to 184 in an election that was clearly stolen through a series of 8-7 votes by a commission with 8 Republicans and 7 Democrats.

A behind the scenes deal traded the Presidency to the Republicans in exchange for ending the Federal army occupation of the US south.

by David Kowalski 2008-11-03 10:39AM | 0 recs
Re: 3 point "loss"

If you've ever read post-civil war histories, comparing the number of black people voting and the number of lynchings before and after the withdrawal of federal troops is just astonishing.

by Jess81 2008-11-03 02:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

They have to be that way. They can't give up, because they'd face absolute mutiny. And frankly, their supporters ARE real people, they deserve to see this fought to the end. Just because it's an impossible battle doesn't mean it shouldn't be fought.

Not to mention that reputations are on the line. They have to keep people energized so they keep their margins from being too low.

Joe Scarborough said today that when he mentioned to a Republican official that he thought Florida was tightening that the guy just laughed at him and said, "it's OVER!" Mark Halperin and the other guy whose name I can't remember said the same thing. More than any poll, that made me realize what was happening. That was said on FRIDAY.

by vcalzone 2008-11-03 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

If he's truly giddy, I'd say it's because subconsciously he knows that as of tomorrow he will be free of the burden of living a lie - of having to pretend that the Republican party's dishonesty, contempt for the rule of law, divisiveness and intolerance are 'patriotic' attributes of 'real Americans'.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-11-03 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?
He is Giddy because he is a spy from the Obama camp feeding McCain false intel  
and bad advice  lol
by wellinformed 2008-11-03 11:00AM | 0 recs
False Hope

I like it.

by iohs2008 2008-11-03 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

Hysterical laughter is also a symptom of hysteria.

by DawnG 2008-11-03 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

He is giddy because he is an asshole. A giddy asshole.

by Iago 2008-11-03 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?


McCain is getting crushed in the national polls, but there are a few places where the state polling is showing slight drift. It's not nearly enough to offer any real hope of winning, but it's enough for Salter to justify his own existence (not to mention his paycheck) so he's taking it to the right-wing outlets and milking it for all it's worth.

And that ain't much.

by BobzCat 2008-11-03 11:43AM | 0 recs
Don't read anything into this

This is SOP for losing campaigns. They can't let on that they know they're gonna lose or they'll lose by even more because the diehards will stay home or not volunteer, etc.

This doesn't mean anything. I'm sure Mondale's or Dukakis' or Goldwater's people were saying stuff like "the online poll that counts is on Election Day" right up until the polls closed.

by vawolf 2008-11-03 11:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

Who looks at national polls??? Why are you looking at national polls? I believe Obama will win but you have to look at state polls...Its as Obama said: 51 separate elections.

by obama4presidente 2008-11-03 12:06PM | 0 recs
It's great living in an alternate reality,

especially when your entire world is crumbling all around you.  

In psychological terms, they call it insanity.  

by ProfessorReo 2008-11-03 12:30PM | 0 recs
Must have been smoking something

Or is it inhaling?

by ann0nymous 2008-11-03 12:49PM | 0 recs
I disagree with the polls

I think Barr will get more votes than Nader

by ann0nymous 2008-11-03 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Why is senior McCain aide "giddy"?

Or he's giddy because they know how to steal elections. Remember when Bush wasn't even concerned about the Florida vote? And why wasn't he concerned?  Because they knew they were going to steal the election.

by venician 2008-11-03 01:12PM | 0 recs


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