Yes, of course it is.
Three weeks ago John McCain was ahead, and a furious attack on Sarah Palin was underway.
And Americans were several trillion dollars richer.
Our stocks will recover if the American economy, powered by democratic capitalism's relentless innovation and productivity, is allowed to work its magic again.
That is the record of our often disparaged but inevitably triumphant attachment to economic liberty.
The task for John McCain between now and the time the last vote is cast on November 4 is to speak this truth and articulate this record and thus help repair the damaged confidence of a nation while making the case that the combination of a President Obama, a Speaker Pelosi and a Senate Majority Leader Reid poses a real peril to the ability of the American economy to recover.
Part of that challenge will be to hammer away at the record of Senator Obama when it comes to choosing his friends, colleagues and mentors. If Obama is elected, he will be tasked with bringing not just his luggage to the White House, but more than 3,000 appointees to the executive branch. Senator McCain must focus the American electorate on the record of Senator Obama in this regard, a record that includes some names that need to be familiar to the voters: William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi, Tony Rezko and Jeremiah Wright, and one organization, ACORN, with which Senator Obama has been deeply associated with for the past two decades.
Senator McCain is best defined by his relentlessness when engaged. The message is a simple one: We ought not to trust our government and thus our country to this complex web of radicals and grifters, of social engineers and elites. McCain trusts America to do the right thing, but he must at least announce to them clearly and with great candor that the fork in the road on November 4 is unlike any the voters have approached before, and he must do so in the face of a terrific wind of bad news and as yet unfocused anger.
Three weeks is an eternity, but while the beginning has been made, there is a long way to go. Straight talk has never been so necessary and so overdue.