Skip to comments.Fire the Campaign
Posted on 10/13/2008 1:21:13 AM PDT by MartinaMisc
Its time for John McCain to fire his campaign.
He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obamas. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.
He may be anyway. Bush is unpopular. The media is hostile. The financial meltdown has made things tougher. Maybe the situation is hopeless and if it is, then nothing McCain or his campaign does matters.
But Im not convinced by such claims of inevitability. McCain isnt Bush. The media isnt all-powerful. And the economic crisis still presents an opportunity to show leadership.
The 2008 campaign is now about something very big both our future prosperity and our national security. Yet the McCain campaign has become smaller.
What McCain needs to do is junk the whole thing and start over. Shut down the rapid responses, end the frantic e-mails, bench the spinning surrogates, stop putting up new TV and Internet ads every minute. In fact, pull all the ads theyre doing no good anyway. Use that money for televised town halls and half-hour addresses in prime time.
And let McCain go back to what hes been good at in the past running as a cheerful, open and accessible candidate. Palin should follow suit. The two of them are attractive and competent politicians. Theyre happy warriors and good campaigners. Set them free.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Bill Kristol is the ultimate arm chair QB. He pushes for an invasion of Iraq and then, the moment things got challenging, he starts to squak about how x should have been done better or how he would have preferred to see y done differently. Now, after over a year of telling us what a formidable candidate McCain would be, he tells us that McCain is probably dead in the water anyway.
Mr. Kristol, you simply not have the courage of your convictions.
Firing the campaign is stupid at this point. The new strategy of playing up underdog status is a good one. Outside influences are also turning in McCain’s favor. Economy is better today. People are growing suspicious of Hussein. I feel a shift toward McCain.
Carville is running around today saying there hasn’t been a winning GOP ticket without Nixon or a Bush on it since 1928. I’m thinking that factoid could be used in our favor too. This is a GOP ticket unlike any other in our lifetimes.
Same paper that said we should pull out of Iraq since the war was lost
How the hell does this piece of garbage still exist—They are always wrong and their readers still swallow what they editorialize on
Whatever problems exist with the campaign stem from the person at the top of the ticket, not much can be done to change that.
Who needs NeoCons!!!
They are almost completely useless to the GOP and are one of the primary factors as to why the GOP is where it is at today.
Kristol is still pullin’ for Obama-Yawn
Yeah, let’s fire everyone 3 weeks out and try to be organized going into the election. Yeah, that will work...
Problem isn’t the campaign, its the campaigner! People are more fired up over his VP pick that with him! How the hell do you win with that? It’s his ads and the bloggers that have been fighting for McCain. If he wins it will be the greatest miracle since the 69 Mets!
The McCain team was doing just fine right up to the financial crisis.
I have a feeling the problem is not with the staff - but with the candidate.
McCain got it backwards.
He should have spent four months over the summer hitting Obama hard with everything, Wright Ayers pro-PLO terror support, hanging with Louis Farrakhan -- the works.
THEN go softer in the last debate or two after Obama is back on his heels.
McCain allowed the media narrative to be cemented that Obama "is just such a nice guy.. a little left of center perhaps, but nothing to fear!!!!"
For being a heroic military man with more courage than I ever displayed, McCain sure went wimpy in this campaign.
More Cheerleading for Obamahhh from Big Media!
Nope. Any more feints or sudden moves will only give liberals more ammunition to put in their “erratic” gun and shoot it at McCain in the form of accusations.
In the first place, John McCain IS a decent man who does not want to inflame people (with all the nut jobs out here who will not hesitate to try to do harm to anyone with even half an excuse). The woman (who may have been a Code Pink plant) in the crowd said that Obama is an Arab and she did not trust him. Her appearance was of someone who might just be unbalanced. McCain said, “No Maa’m” (meaning Obama is not an Arab, but ostensibly an American citizen). He knows that if Obama is harmed while he and Palin are using heated rhetoric, HE will be blamed.
Rush, Hannity and others will get the truth out there, and McCain and Palin have already mentioned Ayers several times. Those who want to know these things already know them and are passing them on to others.
Nothing there. Consider this a test. I tried it in IE7 as well.
Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach. Those who cannot teach, teach PE. Those who cannot teach PE, are talking heads on news shows.
What’s up with Kristol lately? He sounds like the election is already a “done deal”...
I tried to post before but I don’t think it went through. I think McCain Palin need to do an Acorn ad comparing what is going on now to what happened in the Nixon Kennedy race. It was proven without a doubt that Nixon lost because of the Chicago mob stuffing the ballot box with votes from dead people. Nixon loved his country and chose not to challenge the vote fraud. The ad should show mobsters stuffing the ballot box, the headlines (if there were any) then todays scene with Acorn, say that Obama gave them over $800,000 a few months ago to get out the vote and say it turned out to be an effort to gin up the vote. Say that Obama has promised this radical group, ACORN, that he will bring them to the White House when he is president, to help him define a new agenda for America.” Finish it by saying, Don’t let them steal your vote. Don’t let them steal this election. Don’t let them destroy this great country. Vote McCain Palin.
I wouldn't listen to this guy anyway, the way he hosted the Oscars was atrocious, and he's a lousy actor, and not even funny, except when he played on Mary Hartman.
(I know, wrong Kristol, but I couldn't resist.)
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