William Kristol was becoming apoplectic, Hillary Clinton was sounding optimistic, and the McCain campaign was being perhaps a tad unrealistic — or so read Monday’s political barometer as an ABC/Washington Post poll indicated that the Obama campaign had taken a 10-point lead in the presidential race.

ABC News:

It found that 59 percent accused McCain of negative campaigning, while 35 percent said McCain is addressing the issues.

“I think we’re headed for a very big win,” Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., told “Good Morning America” today.

Conservative Republican William Kristol wrote in The New York Times that the McCain campaign is “close to being out-and-out dysfunctional.”

“If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed,” Kristol said.

McCain, speaking today in Virginia Beach, Va., acknowledged his campaign was trailing, but denied the race was over.

“The national media has written us off. Sen. Obama is measuring the drapes,” he said to a cheering throng. He added, ” My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”

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