You know they are running scared when they have to trot Condi Rice out to stump for the dumbass. (WP):
“In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 election, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice has traveled across the country making speeches in key battleground states, including Oregon, Washington, North Carolina and Ohio. In the next five days, she also plans speeches in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.
The frequency and location of her speeches differ sharply from those before this election year — and appear to break with the long-standing precedent that the national security adviser try to avoid overt involvement in the presidential campaign. Her predecessors generally restricted themselves to an occasional speech, often in Washington, but counting next week’s speeches, Rice will have made nine outside Washington since Labor Day. “
My main tickle about this piece is the fact that my state, NC, is now in play as a swing state that needs to be tended to in the home stretch. Bush is up only 50-47, which is within the margin of error. In 2000, for instance, it was strongly in the Red zone, 56 Bush, 43 Kerry.