'A wonderful man'
The post mortems are way too early (I agree McCain will lose the popular vote but he can certainly still win the electoral college) but still fascinating and this in particular suggests that the weekend will bring some revelations about the McCain mess-up on the VP choice Bloomberg? The party would have rebelled.
This meanwhile from Politico might shed some light on a psychological blow represented by the Powell endorsement:
"POWELL = McCAIN'S "FAVORITE LIVING HERO" -- Politico's Roger Simon brings it: "The scene is the Straight Talk Express, the old Straight Talk Express, in 1999 -- the one stuffed with reporters asking John McCain question after question and getting answer after answer, hour after hour. McCain is enjoying himself, even when the reporters, having exhausted all serious topics, turn goofy and play 'favorites' with him, asking him his favorite tree (cottonwood), favorite breakfast cereal (Raisin Bran) and favorite toothpaste (Colgate). And then there is this exchange that I recorded for history: Favorite word, a reporter asks. 'Principle,' McCain says. Favorite dead hero. 'Uh, Julius Caesar,' McCain says. Favorite dead hero within the last 2,000 years. 'OK, off the top of my head, Lincoln,' McCain says. 'Although the more I read and study, the more intrigued I am by Teddy Roosevelt.' Favorite living hero. 'Colin Powell,' McCain says instantly. 'Served his country. A wonderful man.'"