I've said before that John McCain is in a Catch-22: Republican right-wingers don't think he's conservative enough while the independents and moderates who liked McCain in 2000 feel sold out as McCain tried to embrace the right wing.
But McCain's problems are far worse.
The WTMJ poll tonight showed 43% of Wisconsin Republicans saying the economy was the top issue, not far behind the response by Democrats to the same question.
McCain, though, sticks with the "commander-in-chief" mantra, apparently slow to learn from Mitt Romney that the economy is an issue.
Plus McCain needs energy -- not his campaign, but him.
Barack Obama is offering young people challenge and hope. McCain skews old -- and needs to find a way to appeal to younger voters.