"You could think of this as trying to summit a mountain," a senior aide to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tells Byron York in the National Review.
"Both campaigns have to summit the mountain. In most elections, one campaign has some kind of advantage over the other — maybe they get a ten-minute or a half-hour head start — but both sides have to climb the same face of the mountain. In this election, we’re not climbing the same face of the mountain. They’re climbing the side of the mountain with boardwalks and latte stands and playgrounds for the kids, and we’re climbing the side of the mountain with axes and ice picks, and one slip and you’re dead."