ABC News’ Rick Klein reports in Monday’s Note:
Four weeks out, what does it say that . . . Team McCain is hoping that Bill Ayers has one last bomb in him — just enough to blow up the presidential race?
. . . That it’s the McCain campaign that has to telegraph its intentions to keep the base from sitting the rest of this one out?
. . . That Karl Rove has gone from nudging along McCain strategy to sounding the GOP alarm bells?
. . . That Palin Power needs to be employed to save a single electoral vote in Nebraska (and that she wants both Michigan and Jeremiah Wright in play — her campaign’s moves notwithstanding)?
. . . That GOP jitters are spreading across the (diminished) map?
. . . That Sen. John McCain is turning a page only to find an old story he doesn’t like to hear told?
So we reach the nasty stage — with Ayres and Rezko (but not Wright — unless Gov. Sarah Palin gets her way) back among us.
But context is everything, and might these attacks have been more effective a few weeks ago — back when convention wisdom wasn’t congealing, back when the map wasn’t crumbling, back when the GOP aides wasn’t fretting/sniping/panicking, back when this race still looked wide open?
It’s not (just) the fundamentals of the economy, it’s the fundamentals of the campaign: McCain is looking to rock a race that has already been through as big a storm of perceptions as we’re likely to see.
He’s relying on old connections and shady associations to raise doubts about Sen. Barack Obama — when it might be too late to make it all stick.
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ABC News’ Hope Ditto contributed to this report.