By Mark Halperin
is nearly impossible to rattle. His aides and friends are fond of pointing out that his emotional highs are not too high and his lows are never particularly low. It is Obama’s almost preternatural calm that will be ‘s main obstacle at Wednesday night’s final in Hempstead, NY.
Above: Workers prepare the stage at the site of the third and final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 14, 2008.(Jim Bourg/Reuters)
With less than three weeks to go before Monday’s unprecedented stock market rebound and Tuesday’s campaign announcement introducing a new McCain , voters largely continue to blame the Republicans for the financial crisis and the gloomy mood of an unstable nation. At the same time, the impact of Obama’s massive fundraising advantage has hit full force, flooding with television ads, direct mail, and well-paid armies of local organizers. As Obama’s lead has held (and even grown in some polls) pundits and political strategists in both parties have begun to assertively predict an easy Obama win, possibly producing a self-fulfilling wave., the faces a daunting overall task. He is so far behind in the national polls and in most key individual states that it is difficult to assemble a single combination of to get him to the necessary 270. Despite
Under these challenging circumstances, and with a vast audience of voters tuning in, McCain will enter the debate hall for his last chance to shake up the race…