...is that people there go on the record with inconvenient quotes at inconvenient times. I direct you to today's New York Times:

“I think you’re seeing a turning point,” said Saul Anuzis, the Republican chairman in Michigan, where Mr. McCain has decided to stop campaigning. “You’re starting to feel real frustration because we are running out of time. Our message, the campaign’s message, isn’t connecting.” ...

The difficulties of the McCain campaign have led some Republican leaders to express concern that he could end up dragging other Republican candidates down to defeat. “If Obama is able to run up big numbers around the country,” said Mr. Anuzis, the Michigan party chairman, “the potential for hurting down-ballot Republicans is very big.” 

Granted, other state party chairmen also offered downbeat assessments. But none were quite as unhelpful as Anuzis.

--Noam Scheiber