The indignity of worrying about Arizona

THE INDIGNITY OF WORRYING ABOUT ARIZONA…. I got an email this morning from Time magazine, noting the latest Time/CNN poll numbers from “battleground” states. The list included Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina … and Arizona.

Oh, the indignity of it all. (For the record, the poll shows McCain leading in his home state by seven, 53% to 46%.)

The recent polls showing a fairly competitive contest in Arizona apparently aren’t a fluke. Greg Sargent reported late yesterday that the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee are now concerned enough about the state to start using robocalls. Here’s the script:

“I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because Barack Obama is so dangerously inexperienced, his running mate Joe Biden just said, he invites a major international crisis that he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America. This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee and authorized by McCain-Palin 2008.”

The substance of the message is, of course, blisteringly stupid. But under the circumstances, that’s not really the point.

As Greg explained, “The call means Republicans are sinking resources into a state that obviously should have been a complete lock for McCain, with time fast running out. Simply extraordinary.”

McCain will return to Arizona early next week, to vote and to prepare for an Election Night event. Any chance he might hold a rally before Tuesday, just in case?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.