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    Some strategists and pundits are saying that the race is over. Sure, poll numbers have been tilting toward Obama but is McCain really out? Today's buzz: Is the race too close to call? 

    • Karl Rove wrote in the WSJ that many voters have yet to decide whom they will vote for and denies Obama a win at the debate, calling his economic plan "villain." Take-away: "To win, Mr. McCain must demonstrate he stands for responsible conservative change, while portraying Mr. Obama as an out-of-the-mainstream liberal not ready to be president."
    • McCain is "a dead man walking," writes Rosa Brooks in the LAT. A global economic crisis, two wars and ongoing threats of terrorism are closing in on the Republican candidate. Take-away: "The era of GOP dominance of U.S. politics is over."
    • Team McCain has honed in on the tenuous connection between Obama and Bill Ayers and exhausted it to an embarrassing degree, wrote Gail Collins in the NYT. Image if we were all responsible for the actions of those with whom we had loose associations. Take-away: "If Barack Obama is responsible for the Weather Underground ... I am pretty sure that I am on the hook as well."  
    • The candidates need to toss out old promises and spell out how they plan to govern as the economy hemorrhages money with two wars waging on, wrote David Broder in the WaPo. Take-away: "Obama and McCain are stubbornly repeating promises they made in happier times -- tax cuts for all, new health benefits, big government-financed projects."
    • The media has been the only constant in the election and their choice is Obama, wrote Dorothy Rabinowitz in the WSJ. Take-away: "To point out the prevailing (with honorable exceptions) double standard of reporting so favorable to Mr. Obama by now feels superfluous -- much like talking about the weather."