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McCain: DHL politics

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan looks at the last month of the campaign and concludes that she actually believes McCain can now win this thing.

In his appearance yesterday in an Ohio town that might lose DHL jobs overseas, McCain did his best to duck the role campaign manager has Rick Davis played on the issue, and he called on DHL's CEO to come to OH to discuss what's happening.

The Washington Post: "Mindful of the state's place on the electoral map and the need to demonstrate empathy about the economy, McCain told about two dozen company employees and civic leaders he would do everything possible to stop the job losses. He said he will urge the German owners of DHL to visit with residents of Wilmington."

"But he also told them to prepare for the worst. 'I don't know if all of this will work. I have to say that. I have to give you straight talk. I do,' he said. 'I can't assure you that this train wreck isn't going to happen, but I will do everything in my power to see that we avert it.'"

The DHL-Rick Davis angle to yesterday's McCain event got covered just about everywhere this morning. More from the LA Times: "McCain's campaign said Thursday that Davis has not lobbied for DHL since 2005 and had no role in the current controversy. He took a leave of absence from his lobbying practice to run McCain's campaign. But the politically sensitive case has embarrassed McCain, who has railed against the role of special interest groups in Washington, and it threatens to undermine his efforts to capture this crucial state in November."

"In news releases, conference calls and local street protests, Democrats and union groups have blamed McCain and Davis for backing the original deal, and accused McCain of ignoring the workers' plight. During a campaign visit last month, Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, met with Wilmington's mayor, David Raizk, and pledged his help if elected."