"Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continued to criticize the radical professors with whom Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has associations," per ABC's Jake Tapper. "McCain attacked Obama for associating with both William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi on CNN's 'Larry King Live' tonight."
Said Palin, on the stump: "Among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism rather than the victim. What we don't know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he professes to support. . . . If there's a Pulitzer Prize category for excellence in kowtowing, the LA Times wins."
The RNC gets right to the point with its closing argument ad: "Would you get on a plane with a pilot who has never flown? Would you trust your child with someone who has never cared for children? Would you go under with a surgeon who has never operated? Can you hand your nation to a man who has '. . . never been in charge of anything?' Can you wait while he learns?"
What keeps GOPers going? "Let's just say that McCain's campaign now relies on hope more than Obama's does," Slate's John Dickerson writes. "They hope that the Obama organization isn't as impressive as signs suggest it is. They hope that the greater enthusiasm apparent among Democrats turns out to be less than advertised on Election Day. They hope that the public polls that show a big Obama lead are poorly designed, overstating participation by young voters and African-Americans. They hope undecided voters will all break to McCain in the end."
"It would take what one analyst calls a 'perfect storm' of events breaking his way in the campaign's final days, but he could come from behind, overtake Barack Obama and pull off the greatest upset in 60 years," McClatchy's Steven Thomma writes.
"He'd have to squeeze out more support from independents, score higher with his "Joe the Plumber" warning about Obama's tax and economic polices, and hope that enough undecided voters swing his way to help him sweep almost all the states that now are considered tossups."
In the battlegrounds:
The St. Petersburg Times calls Florida McCain's "most precarious battleground state": "Saddled by reports of infighting and disagreement, the McCain campaign is trying to present a unified front in the last week," write Alex Leary, Janet Zink and Adam C. Smith.
The scene in Virginia: "Foreign journalists are flying in from Australia, Japan and Venezuela, intrigued by the paradox that the onetime capital of the Confederacy could be key to electing the first African American president. A tour group from Finland chose to spend its time hunting for Obama supporters at a Civil War reenactment," Faye Fiore writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Surely he doesn't think the job will be easy: The Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Weisman gets out in front of the coming clash in Congress:
"It's better to let things evolve than to revolve. Revolutions are dangerous," cautioned Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the House Majority Whip, who advises a pragmatic approach to governance that would begin with items that have proven bipartisan support before tackling ambitious elements such as universal health care.
"He's a national leader, Clyburn," House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel of New York snapped back, embodying the views of liberals who want to move fast on the most ambitious version of Obamanomics possible. "I'm thinking of his constituents, and he doesn't have the slightest clue what he's talking about."