Skip to comments.McCain Without Money (also, news of Fred Thompson campaign)
Posted on 06/08/2007 12:43:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
George W. Bush's 2004 campaign fund-raisers and contributors are being bombarded with appeals for money by Sen. John McCain's heavy-spending, money-short 2008 campaign.
McCain is concentrating heavily on the rich target of lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. They have been invited to multiple McCain fund-raising events held in the nation's capital, currently a $1,000-a-ticket reception June 26 at the Capitol Hill Club with a potential "event co-chair" asked to raise $50,000. A large percentage of the Bush fund-raising team remains uncommitted, a signal that the Republican establishment is not satisfied with the present field seeking the party's nomination.
McCain's money-raisers are hard put to reach the $10 million goal set for the second quarter of 2008 by the June 30 deadline, after collecting $12 million in the first quarter. McCain raised $2 million in April and $3 million in May, and is expected to reach $2-3 million in June -- falling short of the $10 million goal and of what his opponents have raised.
Washington super-lobbyist Ed Gillespie is prepared to step aside as state Republican chairman of Virginia after only six months if asked to join President Bush's senior staff as director of communications holding the Cabinet-rank of counselor.
Dan Bartlett, brought from Texas by Bush in 2001, has announced his resignation from the communications slot. There has been speculation about the difficulty of finding anyone to enter a White House under attack.
Gillespie, Republican National chairman during the 2004 Bush re-election, took the Virginia party position last December after a succession of Democratic statewide victories. However, friends of Gillespie say he feels it would be his patriotic duty to accept the White House post if offered.
Fred Thompson came close to alarming his pro-life constituency for his prospective Republican presidential candidacy on Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" program Tuesday when he expressed doubts about "criminalizing" abortion.
After asserting he "always thought Roe v. Wade was a wrong decision," the actor-politician said: "I would not be and never have been for a law that says, on the state level, if I were back in Tennessee voting on this, for example, that, if they chose to criminalize a young woman, and -- ." Co-host Sean Hannity then interrupted: "So, states rights for you?" Thompson replied: "Essentially, federalism. It's in the Constitution."
Although Thompson in his first Senate campaign in 1994 said the decision to have an abortion "must be made by the woman," he built a solid pro-life voting record during eight Senate years that has generated presidential support for him among social conservatives.
Veteran California Republican political operative Ken Khachigian, a speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, has signed on with Fred Thompson's prospective Republican presidential candidacy.
Khachigian supported Sen. John McCain in 2000 but has not been a part of his 2008 effort. As a Nixon aide, Khachigian worked closely with Thompson in 1974 when he was Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee.
A footnote: Tim Griffin, an expert at opposition research who performed that function at the Republican National Committee for the 2004 election, is being asked to join the Thompson campaign. Griffin served briefly as U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., this year but stepped down amid controversy over President Bush's appointments of new federal prosecutors.
Paris Hilton or Sen. McCain?
I’d just love it if McCain’s fund raisers called me. Boy would they get an earfull.
Don’t do it Ed! Run away from Bush now!
Doesn’t John understand?
His candidacy died last night.
Hard to believe she’s a grown woman after how she acted in the courtroom. Did she really think she could serve her term under house arrest in her palatial mansion? Are we becoming an aristocracy, or what?!
I am shocked, shocked, I tell you! McCain was supposed to get the big money out of politics!
McCain without money is like a day with sunshine!.......
I’m betting on McC............
That was for other people, not Captain McQueeg!! McCain/Feingold should’ve been named the Incumbents Protection Act.
Yep, all this from the maverick who wants to clean up national politics.
Too bad Charlie Keating’s dead...McCain could hit him up for for some cash. :)
McCain has finally succeeded in getting money out of politics.
McCain has no sense either.
Glad to see he has no cents now too ;)
Cue up Gene Pitney’s “Town Without Pity...”
It looked to me that Sean saved Fred from saying something he may regret in the future.
Yeah, what the hell was that about?
Who in their right minds would keep putting money down a black hole??
McVain did this to himself. He could have keep what dignity he had left and stayed out of the campaign in the first place.
Why do you say that? Do you know anyone in the pro-life camp who wants to prosecute a woman for having an abortion? If there are criminal penalties, they should be directed toward the abortionist, not the woman.
I don't know too many people that would have a problem with what Fred said...
See why these pols could care less about you as an individual. The lobbyists are their targets.
Keating is still alive.
Best post of the day nominee.
McPain is getting his just desserts and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving piece of crap, rotten, out-of-touch politician. Straight Talk Express, indeed. Go home and sulk, disappear from the public stage, and I’ll bet nobody will complain that you aren’t earning your senate pay. In fact, I doubt anyone would notice you weren’t there.
Lobbyists -- McCain's only remaining constituency.
Conservatives never trusted him. The MSM has deserted him. K Street is all he has left.
Well, there's still George Soros...
K street went on a vacation from McCain a looooooong time ago.
McCain bascially has a few family members, and some soon to be unemployed campaign workers telling him he is the inevitable nominee.
Just drop out, McStain. Only humiliation is ahead for you.
I want nothing to do with legislation or a statute that would put a woman in jail for seeking or obtaining an abortion. Neither does Fred.
Makes him all that more attractive as a candidate to me.
Did you read the story. It wasn’t about sending a woman to jail, it was about CRIMINALIZING abortion...i.e. making it illegal.
FT nearly said he wouldn’t have voted for such a law in TN if he had the opportunity (though he did say it was a State issue). Sean cut him off.
The open border Republicans like McCain are doing the bidding of the Chamber of Commerce lobby, you’d think they would be showered with cash. It looks like these OBL Republicans sell out for a relative pittance. Sort of like the crack house where marital favors from the female denizens go for 50 cents.
AMNESTY McCain wonders what his problem is? Can anyone help?
I not only read this story, I saw Fred’s interview on Hannity. Since Sean interrupted mid-reply it’s not crystal clear exactly what Fred’s intent in comment was to have been but I did not interpret it as you do.
I took it as I described in my first post and continue to state that IF (all necessary Roe V. Wade caveats and disclaimers associated here) we ever got to the point that the states took up the issue individually and some outlawed abortion, it would be the abortionist who should be prosecuted.
Considering the situation in overcrowded jails today, can you really see legislation passing that would jail a 15 year old seeking abortion in a state that outlawed it? Frankly I can’t and I think that was what was at the basis of Fred’s comment.
Maybe he’ll get money when Fred endorses him again.
I’m betting on Paris.
McCain is done.
Nobody said anything about jailing a person who sought an abortion. Sean never mentioned it as far as I remember and I know Fred didn’t. It’s not even implied.
McCain Without Knees
McCain kneecapped himself on immigration. And, I'm afraid that Bush is very close to doing the same.
>>Keating is still alive.<<
You’re right. I’ll have to refer McCain to charliekeating.com. :)
I did not see the interview, but did catch one with Bill Bennett on the subject. basically Fred wants to repeal Roe vs. Wade and turn this issue back over to the states. He is not against criminalizing abortion, but thinks that the decision to do so should be made at the state level. No mystery here, just another example of his consistent commitment to federalism.
I think that he realizes that when he finally bails out he will either parachute into the conservative base and get torn to pieces or parachute into the liberal base and get torn to pieces.
Ironically he never parachuted in to save his own bill, how sad.
Have been against McCain since he went stupid after the North Carolina primary in Bush’s first election for president.
After his stance on “election reform”, then this amnesty deal I wouldn’t give a penny to hom for anything.
Just say NO to Amnesty!! Keep calling!!
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Great name - can I borrow it? - Incumbents Protection Act.
also- McCain is finished- no chance of him being Pres or even VP. He has put the stake into his own heart- he is done. He can not join the Demos as his war stance has erected unscalable walls. He is living in no-mans land supported by special interests