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McCain Campaign Multiple Choice

Is this (a) between truth and self-deception, (b) between self-deception and mendacity, or (c) beyond mendacity?

From Ed Morissey:

Team McCain conference call/a>: With a mere four days left, the polls have begun to tighten in the presidential race.  Pennsylvania appears within the margin of error, and a last-minute surprise could turn the race in McCain’s favor.... [Rick] Davis says we’re witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in political history.... Crowds are huge, and energy is high. Sarah Palin is electrifying crowds and bringing people back into the game.... [T]hey have Iowa as a dead heat, and Obama seems to confirm that [by]... going back to Iowa over the weekend....

McInturff says that intensity is increasing among core Republican coalitions, and that has brought a narrowing of the gap in party identification.... [T]his will be a close election, but... McCain is very much in it.... The RNC’s ability to raise money has given the GOP parity on GOTV and in advertising. Their turnout efforts grow week-on-week, and may be the most underreported aspect of the campaign.  The microtargeting, VOIP efforts, and analytical models continues to improve the GOTV efforts.... They polled the viewers of the Obamamercial to see whether it convinced people to vote for him... “less likelies” slightly outpolled the “more likelies”.  Team McCain also noted that the money they spent on that infomercial would have bought a week’s worth of advertising in all of the battleground states.

The McCain campaign says they will outspend Obama over the next 72 hours by $10 million...