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McCain Campaign Imploding

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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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Comments (4)

Steve Crickmore:

Larkin, I just think McCain might have been plausible in 2000, but after 8 years of Bush, there is no way he would get elected as kind of Cheney redux, albeit without the torture...I worked on the McGovern campaign at the Democratic National Convention in Miami in 72. Almost all the people I knew were working for him were volunteers. Politics certainly has changed.

Conservative Friend:

"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."

Different yes, better??????

Don't lose sleep over it.

What Willis Was Talking About:

To make matters worse, McCain has now slipped into fourth place in Rasmussen's national poll.

I wonder how much of the drop is related to S. 1639 (formerly S. 1348), the so-called "grand bargain" immigration bill? In McCain's homestate, a new law signed Monday by Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) created the state crime of hiring illegal immigrants. Arizona is tired of McCain and his support of amnesty. Not winning his party's presidential nomination may end up being the least of his worries.

What Willis was Talking About:

So, one of us sees no issue with compromising our borders, our national security, American jobs, legal immigration, etc. in favor of an emerging constituency. Most of the hispanics I've talked to (and I live in the southwest, so I've talked to plenty) who are here legally (keyword) are more desperate for border security than I am. With 56% - and growing - of America concerned about illegal immigration, this may not turn out like you planned. You place your hope in amnesty. However, I care less about my guys being in power than I do the welfare of my beloved country.


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