For an upcoming JQA, I spoke with Katie Connolly, a political correspondent for . Connolly was granted behind-the-scenes access to the McCain campaign under the agreement that none of the reporting would be published until after Election Day. One question not included in the printed interview was, how did the McCain camp handle the final weeks of the campaign?
Connolly replied: “After the financial collapse in September, senior advisers knew the outlook was grim, but they continued to believe there was a path to victory, however slim. They decided not to tell McCain that he would likely lose while they believed his candidacy still ‘had a pulse,’ as one adviser put it.