Electoral-vote.com observed today that Republican Presidential nominee John McCain and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin have been traveling to states like Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire - states that the Republican ticket is very unlikely to win at this point -and not traveling to Nevada and North Carolina - states that are within reach for the Republicans, but in danger of going to Obama.
It seems to this observer that two things are going on with the McCain-Palin campaign. First, the Republican ticket has all but conceded the Presidency to Barack Obama. The ticket is treading water - standing by in the hope that Obama makes a fatal stumble at this late stage. Second, having essentially conceded the White House to Obama and Biden, the GOP wants to limit as much as possible Obama's ability to govern effectively. They are trying to do this by limiting Obama's margin in the popular vote. This would explain the continued negative attacks - wherever they are made. McCain and Palin may also focused on limiting the damage to Republicans in down-ticket races. Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire all have vigorously contested U.S. Senate contests for seats currently held by Republicans. In Minnesota and New Hampshire, particularly, the Democrats have good chances of winning the Senate seats. McCain and Palin, then would seem to be acting partly on behalf of Senators like Norm Coleman and John Sununu as they try to stem what appears to be a Democratic tide.