McCain Campaign Ain't Dead Yet

John McCain, as US Senator of Arizona and 2008 Presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop in Claremont, New Hampshire, July 14, 2007.
This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
Is it too late for John McCain?

Just weeks left before the election and there is a growing chorus of republican luminaries who are urging McCain to drop the attack ads.

Drop the volatile language, and go back to being John McCain.

The brand new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Barack Obama has now mounted a ten percentage point lead nationwide.

Under any circumstances, that would be difficult to overcome. But Obama also has a huge war chest.

Tens of millions of dollars to spend in these last few weeks, to not only saturate the airwaves. But to fund an already formidable ground game, that has shown its ability to get out the vote.

Three weeks can be an eternity in politics.

It was exactly one year ago when McCain was declared politically dead.

His campaign a shambles, many of his key people had been fired. They wasted millions of dollars and his poll numbers were abysmal.

McCain headed to New Hampshire and held town meeting after town meeting, people said he didn't have a chance.

The lesson; never count him out.