Where was the funny, smiling, engaging John McCain all this time?

Perhaps if John McCain had shown even an iota of the humor and wit that he displayed at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner today, and that he sometimes did on David Letterman’s show tonight (when he wasn’t repeating campaign lines), he would have been much harder to run against.

But that wasn’t who we saw.

Is this how a maverick thinks he wins? By putting on his smiling face in the last two weeks of the campaign after we’ve seen him saying he’s got to go back to Washington D.C. — only to do nothing to help, and to declare he’d suspended his campaign, yet to have the negative ads run on all media outlets? By picking a governor facing ongoing investigations and by picking a plumber-friend who hasn’t paid his taxes as his Everyman? We’ve seen the bad side of maverick decision making in the final weeks of the campaign. And this is why Obama is ahead. He’s cool, collected, and he thinks before making his moves. And with an army of ants helping him bring out voters in places we’d never expected to find them, he just might win this thing.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.