Of all the candidates in the 2008 Presidential race, Arizona Senator John McCain is the one who is most closely identified with and supportive of President Bush's Iraq War strategy. McCain clearly calculated that he would enhance his chances to win the Republican nomination by embracing Bush (shown at left). Given that, it is with some satisfaction that I can report the McCain campaign is imploding.
Republican John McCain reorganized his campaign Monday, cutting staff in every department as he raised just $11.2 million in the last three months and reported an abysmal $2 million cash on hand for his presidential bid.
Some 50 staffers or more are being let go, and senior aides will be subject to pay cuts as the Arizona senator bows to six months of subpar fundraising, according to officials with knowledge of the details of the shake up. At its peak, McCain's payroll covered 150 staffers; this is the second round of layoffs.
The campaign said it was seriously considering taking public matching funds, which Nelson said would amount to about $6 million. He said the campaign made "incorrect assumptions" about its fundraising ability.
To make matters worse, McCain has now slipped into fourth place in Rasmussen's national poll. And the right-wing blogosphere excoriated McCain for his support of the immigration reform bill that just went down in flames.
Of course, the rumors are flying now that McCain will soon drop out of the race but the candidate denies those vigorously. It is with mixed emotions that I write this post because of the fact that in 2000 I contributed to the McCain campaign just before the South Carolina primary because of my desire to head off the nomination of George W Bush. Of course, we all know what happened there when Karl Rove unleashed his thugs to smear the former POW and Vietnam war hero. I still can't help thinking how different the world might be today if we had entrusted John McCain with the job of commander-in-chief rather than the inexperienced one-term governor from Texas.
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