On hand at the aftermath of long and bloody skirmish, General George Patton (George C. Scott) looks across a still smoking battlefield and, referring to war, declares, “I love it. God help me, I do love it so.” Just before uttering that famous line of dialogue, Patton tells an aide with certainty that he knew the Germans were going to lose. His aide seemingly unconvinced, Patton adds “The carts,” and points out the primitive wooden carts employed by the German army to move their wounded and supplies in lieu of mechanized vehicles that a lack of fuel has rendered useless.
I had my own “wooden cart” moment a week before the Vice Presidential debate. Given the factors that strongly favor Democrats in November, I was always doubtful that John McCain could beat Barack Obama. But the closeness of the polls still left room for hope.
My epiphany occurred when I tried to get a McCain lawn poster from a local campaign office here in Michigan. I was told that because they were out of signs, I had to go on a waiting list. A waiting list? I wondered exactly when these signs would come in (December?). A GOP friend of mine, more familiar with Michigan campaign operations, told me that because of McCain’s limited funds, it made more sense to spend money on TV ads rather than yard signs.
That’s when I knew McCain was going to lose.