GOP frets about McCain's prospects

October 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A little over three weeks before election day, some Republicans are growing increasingly concerned about John McCain's ability to mount a comeback.Many are questioning his tactics and even his campaign's main thrust.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says McCain has to make the case that he's different from President Bush and better than Barack Obama on the economy. Gingrich says, quote, "If he doesn't win that case, it's all over."

Some say the media aren't giving McCain a fair shake. And some say the campaign should have sought to plant doubts about Obama's past associations months ago, rather than wait until the final weeks. Doing so now, they say, makes McCain come off as angry, grouchy and desperate, playing into Democrats' hands.

According to longtime Republican consultant Alex Castellanos, McCain "doesn't need an attack strategy, he needs a comeback strategy."