Skip to comments.McCain spends months on standby; Democrats rev up
Posted on 05/23/2008 9:27:54 AM PDT by SmithL
Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Republican John McCain has been slow to take advantage of his potential head start for the presidency against Democrats, who are better organized and generate more excitement among voters.
McCain enters a November-focused campaign with distinct disadvantages, his aides and advisers acknowledge: his party's unpopular incumbent president, his unwavering support for the war in Iraq and the Democrats' unmistakable fundraising potential. Yet the Arizona senator and his party have inched toward blunting the shortcomings instead of racing to erase them.
"This has given us time," said Frank Donatelli, vice chairman of the Republican National Committee and a veteran political adviser. "This has been like Washington at Valley Forge. We're going to be stronger for it."
"Going to," though, seems to be the new watchwords of the campaign. They are going to compete aggressively in Ohio, the state that put President Bush over the top in 2004. They are going to have a substantial staff. They are going to build a broad coalition to reverse the tide that gave Democrats wins in 2006.
Going to. Just not yet.
McCain's national headquarters took more than two months to approve budgets for state-based operations. Officials kept aides in early states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, on the payroll but without clear assignments. They also frustrated some of those aides and supporters with a pace that is opposite of the way Bush ran his two successful national campaigns.
"In a lot of the states, we had folks on the ground September of the year before," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who was Bush's chief spokesman for swing states during 2004. "We did it, literally, precinct by precinct, and folks were doing it street by street."
The private frustration is starting to bleed into public fretting,...
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No matter the outcome of the Dem race or how crazy it gets, what it all comes down to, IMO, won’t be Obama’s inexperience, or Clinton’s ‘so-called’ experience...it is that the majority of our nation does NOT want the Bush status quo with MCCain and will vote AGAINST McCain.
The generic loser McLame who was hand picked by the MSM is just along for the ride ala “Willie Loman” in the movie “All the Kings Men.”
If your enemy is shooting himself, why waste your ammunition?
One thing I can guarantee you: the two candidates will be polled “too close to call” going into Election Day. (It happens every time and says something obvious about the MSM.)
Say's it all. I already know my enemies,99% of the media and that's a conservative guess.
If she stays there will be trouble,
If she goes it will be double.
You do not know what the "majority" of our nation wants.
I would vote for President George W. Bush again as long as his nemesis, mccain, was no longer in the sInate.
The LAST thing mccain represents would be another Bush term.
Although, that IS the demonRAT talking point.
If that was true, McCain would be down in the polls. He’s not because the majority of people are sickened with Obama’s liberalism. He’s too far left for this country.
I think McCain is a vindictive person, and is angry at Conservatives for not nominating him before. I believe at this point that he has no intention of winning the election. In other words, he wants press coverage, but not the Presidency. He is sticking it to us.
I don’t think McCain or the Republican party has very much money.
What is the point of bribing the Republicans when the Democrats will pay more
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