McCain Slipping In New Hampshire

Things aren’t looking so good for John McCain in New Hampshire, where he once stood strong:

Fergus Cullen, the state GOP chairman, was trying to put the best possible face on a bleak political landscape here, when he said over lunch on Thursday, “McCain’s doing his job keeping it competitive here in New Hampshire.” It is telling when “competitive” is the most upbeat adjective that a party chairman can muster.

That verdict was offered before the Boston Globe released a New Hampshire poll Sunday, which showed Barack Obama leading McCain by a lopsided 54-to-39 percent margin in a state that John Kerry carried by just 9,000 votes in 2004.

Perhaps these numbers explain this shot of McCain’s shuttered office….

[Photo via Nielsen Hayden]