Are they bluffing?
This quotes a McCain advisor as suggesting that the race for some of the battleground states might be a bit closer than it seems. The McCain team is telling anyone who will listen that all is not lost.
I spent today in Pennsylvania where McCain's people are suggesting that a kind of subterranean surge is taking place. It's invisible to those of us who pal around with the mainstream pollsters but apparently it's showing up in their internal data.
Having attended a McCain rally tonight in Pottsville, Pennsylvania - loads of enthusiasm and a sharp eye kept on the press (one woman challenged me for yawning before the rally began and seemed pretty sceptical when I claimed it was genuine fatigue) - I'm certainly happy to concede to the McCain people that they have a firm base in Pennsylvania but at some stage, the private information is surely going to have to show up in the public polls.
One thing everyone agrees on is that McCain really needs Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes and the public polls show him well behind at the moment.