McCain should drop out now and...

arrange for Mitt Romney to step in in his place (I assume this is somehow possible.)

Why? Well, he’s losing for starters.

Second, he would be *actually putting country first *by letting the most qualified and most competent person compete for the job at hand, which has now become centered around the financial crisis. Remember: Romney lived in the world of high finance and private equity, but emerged from it with zero negatives.

Third, think through the tactical consequences. We own the press for a long time. We are focused on the same opponent, while they have to invent a whole new playbook (and can’t, in time.) Not to mention that we are putting forward someone with actual credibility on the issue.

It could work!