Seven days is a long time in the world of presidential politics, so with early voting already underway and still a few days left for an October Surprise, who knows what will actually happen on November 4. Luckily, every blogger, columnist and pundit has come up with his or her own permutation of possible outcomes to keep you busy reading until next Tuesday.
In this week's Newsweek, Jonathan Alter explores the what-if scenario of a Sen. John McCain win in
Why McCain Won. Alter falls back on historical truths - the failure of the
youth vote that the Democrats are depending on, and the fear of racism
affecting the outcome in areas like the
A look back to the 1980 election from American Experience recalls a real-life scenario. When the
The viral "what if" scenario on the Web this week is MoveOn.org's blame campaign, aimed at getting Democrats to the polls. Using psychology to shame people into voting, the site includes your name in a video and accuses you of not showing up to vote, thereby costing Sen. Barack Obama a vote.
Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic ponders an Electoral College/popular vote split. And as we move through the week, NPR's Ron Elving offers some things to watch for beyond the numbers game. But you do also have a week left to make your own predictions and compare them to the experts on the NPR/NewsHour map.