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Schmidt Takes Over Day-to-Day Leadership of McCain Campaign

By Michael D. Shear and Chris Cillizza
Sen. John McCain has once again shaken up his campaign staff, reducing the role of campaign manager Rick Davis and vesting political adviser Steve Schmidt with "full operational control" of the entire campaign.

Sources close to the campaign said Schmidt will continue to report to Davis, who will shift his attention to focus on fundraising, the selection of a vice presidential nominee and the running of the convention this August.

The changes were announced in a staff meeting this morning.

Schmidt will take over just about everything else, according to two senior sources in the campaign. The political, coalitions, volunteer and communications departments will report to him, as will the regional campaign managers.

Several McCain advisers said they believed Schmidt intends to scrap Davis' plan to give the regional managers wide latitude to run the operations in their states. Instead, the sources said they expect Schmidt to hire a political director and a field director -- two positions that are traditional elements of a presidential campaign.

"Schmidt's going to run the campaign. He's still going to report to Rick. But he's going to have much broader ability to make decisions," said one top McCain aide. "When he says something to the political people, there will be no question, no discussing."

The Post was the first to report last week that Schmidt would no longer be a constant presence on the campaign trail and would instead be spending more time in McCain's Arlington headquarters.

Those close to the campaign cast the decision to bring Schmidt into a more prominent role as a day to day manager was made by Davis. "He recognized the need to strengthen the internal leadership of the campaign," said the source.

But it was also a clear reaction to the frustration expressed by those outside the campaign, who have said repeatedly over the past several weeks that McCain's presidential effort had made several mistakes and appeared to have a muddled message.

"They've been playing this ripped-from-the-headlines game. Whatever is hot or interesting for the day is what they've been talking about," said one former McCain adviser who is no longer with
the campaign. "There's no overall message. There's nothing that Sen. McCain is driving over a period of time. "

The adviser added: "Hopefully, this is Steve taking over and someone being in charge of message."

The changes come a year to the day after McCain's first primary campaign imploded last summer. In July of 2007, McCain elevated Davis to manager after the departure of Terry Nelson, a former top strategist for President Bush, and John Weaver, one of the senator's
closest advisers.

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Posted by: varmonletom | July 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Just say Nobama! We are PuMaS, we support Hillary. We are PuMaS, we have PMS. We are PuMaS, we will vote for McCain and then Hillary will win in 2012! Don't say we didn't tell you so!

Posted by: Leland Romis of New Mexico | July 3, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse


Change What said:

" Who would / has Hamas, Al Qaeda, Iran, Hugo, Castro, Euro Socialists, America's enemies, street punks and gang members, Black Liberation Activists, Communists, Islamic Jihadists, Farrakhan, endorse? "

Obama, of course. Here's a list who have been Obama's pals and/or support him. They are radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, muslims, and crackpots.

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Posted by: Billw | July 2, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

honestabe said, What's wrong with McCain? Why can't he keep his staff together?
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And how many staffers has obama kicked to the curb?

Posted by: Realitycheck | July 2, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

anything is better than obama and his stupid fist bump - there hasn't been a nerdier black guy since erkel.

Posted by: tony | July 2, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse


dAVE said:

" Oh, yeah...because those guys are responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent people, shredding our Constitution, bankrupting the nation, placing us on the list of rogue nations regarding human rights, weakening our military, strengthening our enemies worldwide and invading countries for money, oil and revenge against the wrong people...or so they thought...until they lost. Try again. "

Nope, you are wrong. George W. Bush had his hand on the trigger. He was where the buck stopped, and is the worst thing that ever happened to America so far as an overall effect.

Posted by: Billw | July 2, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

If this is true, McCain will have some problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afawZWEtCKc

Posted by: swingvoter | July 2, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

This article glaringly omits that Steve Schmidt and several other high-level McCain operatives are being directed by Karl Rove. Same Bush gang; same Bush agenda.

Posted by: barbara campbell | July 2, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Get ready: Sleazeball #1 is now in place.

Posted by: Oomingmak | July 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Now why would anyone think that McCain is just another Bush after flip-flopping on taxes, torture, the environment and immigration? And now McCain has Bush's minions running his campaign? Give me a break!

Posted by: woody | July 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, yeah...because those guys are responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent people, shredding our Constitution, bankrupting the nation, placing us on the list of rogue nations regarding human rights, weakening our military, strengthening our enemies worldwide and invading countries for money, oil and revenge against the wrong people...or so they thought...until they lost."

Your sophomoric blathering tripe is old worn out and ineffective. Get some new material. Surely there must some updated talking points the Socialist use from moveon or code pink or what ever you guys buy into. Pitiful really.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Who would / has Hamas, Al Qaeda, Iran, Hugo, Castro, Euro Socialists, America's enemies, street punks and gang members, Black Liberation Activists, Communists, Islamic Jihadists, Farrakhan, endorse?

Posted by: Change What | July 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds fantastic compared to another Bush term. We'll take it!

Scared? Yeah, we can tell and we LOVE it.

Time for a change. Obama 08!"

It comes as no surprise that the Obama cult members would accept that as a fact and go on about their worshiping of their deceitful Messiah. I have to wonder though just what do you think his "change" means. If your answer is Socialism, high, HIGH taxes and redistribution of income then you are on the right track.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Sunny Florida creid: "But the movement that is "NoBama" is not just about of lack of faith in his abilities to lead this country, but more about the fact that if we support the candidate that was shoved down our throats by the DNC, the media, and the "party leaders", rather than the one who won the popular vote, then we can offically kiss "democracy" and free elctions good by. We are no different than any country with fixed elections, propaganda and backroom deals. THAT is the goal of the JUSTSAY NO DEAL coalition of sites. Go PUMAS! Go McCain! Come and get us!"
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Yeah, woo-hoo. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but we don't give a squirt about your pathetic little protest. Your hysterical dingbat lunatic fringe is like 2-3% of Hillary supporters and the millions of new Dems Obama brought in will MORE than make up for your childish little tantrum.

So don't let the door hit yer big ol' butt (just a hunch) on the way out of the Democratic party.

We're glad you're gone, so have fun rejecting everything Hillary ever fought for and voting for McCain...and LOSING. Again.

And of course Obama won fair and square, but way to embarrass women everywhere with your petulance. Way to go PUMA!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

But the movement that is "NoBama" is not just about of lack of faith in his abilities to lead this country, but more about the fact that if we support the candidate that was shoved down our throats by the DNC, the media, and the "party leaders", rather than the one who won the popular vote, then we can offically kiss "democracy" and free elctions good by. We are no different than any country with fixed elections, propaganda and backroom deals. THAT is the goal of the JUSTSAY NO DEAL coalition of sites. Go PUMAS! Go McCain! Come and get us!

Posted by: Sunny Florida | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM
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You are so juvenile it is disgusting. All this nonsense that you have spewed in your post lets everyone know that you have no knowledge about elections and or the politics of this country.

When has the presidential election ever been won by the popular vote? If this was the case then Al Gore would have been president in 2000. But, I suspect that you already know that and your post is just to vent the fact that your chosen candidate lost the democratic primary.

But if you expect anyone here or anywhere else to beleive in the sincerity of a voter who claims that their chosen candidate was Hilary Clinton (who lost) and now is now voting for McCain to teach the Democrats a lesson then you are more stupid than your post depicts.

If you want to support McCain then do so. This is your right in a democratic society but stop calling foul in an arena where clearly there was no foul committed.

Grow up!

Posted by: Just Watching | July 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with McCain? Why can't he keep his staff together? Why so disorganized and lack of focus? Is this how McCain would run the WH. No thanks!

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 2, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Change What cried: "Obama is a puppet fabricated by the far left Soros crowd and compliant media. His speeches are plugged into a teleprompter, a switch is thrown and he speaks with lofty better than thou arrogance. He is a fake, a fraud, a political hack being used by the same old far left crowd of Washington DC. He is not new. He is a pawn. A well spoken man, ultra liberal views, black, with good elocution. He is a political hack manipulating the ignorant and emotional."
_________________

Sounds fantastic compared to another Bush term. We'll take it!

Scared? Yeah, we can tell and we LOVE it.

Time for a change. Obama 08!

Posted by: dAVE | July 2, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Billw wrote: "Hey, not as bad as Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Pfleger, Weathers, Farrakhan, and Al Sharpton."
__________

Oh, yeah...because those guys are responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent people, shredding our Constitution, bankrupting the nation, placing us on the list of rogue nations regarding human rights, weakening our military, strengthening our enemies worldwide and invading countries for money, oil and revenge against the wrong people...or so they thought...until they lost.

Try again.

Posted by: dAVE | July 2, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse


Bob123 said:

"So if he gets elected do we see all these criminals (Cheney, Rove, Abrahmson)all going in and out of the White house office building again dipping once again into the public trough? "

Hey, not as bad as Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Pfleger, Weathers, Farrakhan, and Al Sharpton.

Posted by: Billw | July 2, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Wake me up when the succinct comments of this section outweigh the inability to wake Senator McCain and his minions up from the Republican Party's slumber and awe of the 1960s and Vietnam...

Could we stop living that war? It's 2008~!

It's SO annoying. Droning on and on about NOTHING, and then - out of the blue - a missile hits a plane. And a president is born.

That is so lame. And it's only July...

That's all they got?

Next.

Posted by: Captain John | July 2, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is as much as McCain wants to distance himself from Bush he has now hired all of Karl Rove's Bush campaign to run his own campaign.

So if he gets elected do we see all these criminals (Cheney, Rove, Abrahmson)all going in and out of the White house office building again dipping once again into the public trough?

Posted by: Bob123 | July 2, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a puppet fabricated by the far left Soros crowd and compliant media. His speeches are plugged into a teleprompter, a switch is thrown and he speaks with lofty better than thou arrogance. He is a fake, a fraud, a political hack being used by the same old far left crowd of Washington DC. He is not new. He is a pawn. A well spoken man, ultra liberal views, black, with good elocution. He is a political hack manipulating the ignorant and emotional.
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Wow, kind of like your worst nightmare huh? Kewl.....enjoy it!!

Posted by: Bob123 | July 2, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

That's enough of a GOP pep talk. But, I don't think Captain America is doing so well.
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Well said. McCane is passing into the "saber tooth tiger" category. He is a bit out of touch and old fashioned. In this case old school is not a good thing.

Obama has a whole lot more instinct for management and organization that was very apparent in how he overcame the Clinton juggernaut. McCain appears to be sleep walking and not really concerned about his ineffectiveness. Maybe he isn't even aware of it. Does he have Giuliani on his executive strategy staff?

I like Obama for his vision, his confidence, his accurate perceptions and his energy. All vitally important qualities to steer the ship of state. Its going to be a real breath of fresh air.

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | July 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

How many attacks can you document at home or abroad before 1980s (hint: before Reagan took office)? I know many people who were excited to work in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Malayasia, Indonesia, Phillipines.

Not being attacked by jetliners is not a coincidence, because of the airport/airline security measures. Nothing to do whatsoever with the war in Iraq. Most of the people we are fighting against there wouldn't be able to point to US on the globe or in atlas.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a puppet fabricated by the far left Soros crowd and compliant media. His speeches are plugged into a teleprompter, a switch is thrown and he speaks with lofty better than thou arrogance. He is a fake, a fraud, a political hack being used by the same old far left crowd of Washington DC. He is not new. He is a pawn. A well spoken man, ultra liberal views, black, with good elocution. He is a political hack manipulating the ignorant and emotional.

Posted by: Change What | July 2, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Practicing Osteopolitics ain't easy. But this party platform invented under Reagan and then resurrected in 2000 is not cutting it for me in 2008.

In my mind, I still hear Bush saying, "I believe in supply-side spending", "Corporations are people too", and "The Economy is fundemenatally sound". Would be ok if they were political soundbytes but these ideals were actually put into practice ? I have to clue where these metaphyscians got a clue but to me they still have not a clue.

Today I heard so much rhetoric on cutbacks at Starbucks by the MSM it was amazing. Luxury item purchases decrease in proportion to disposable income. I guess those rebate checks were not spent at Starbucks. Now where oh where did that money go, gasolene maybe ? Makes me proud to be an independent now as a former lifetime Republixcan, ahhhhhhh, Independence Day, indeed.

Posted by: Mark W. | July 2, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

AND WHAT EXACTLY IS mCcain's message?

Let me guess: "I'm a Senator. I was a POW. I got shot down. I'm on the Armed Services committee. I'm a military veteran."

WHATEVER.

Spin it, shake it, spray it - however you want. It's still the same old John McSame. Bush III, minus 1. Nice snub, btw, senator, by Rove and Bush in 2000. And you still are sucking it up.

For what? To have you shot down in November 2000 also? This time maybe Paris Hilton will console you.

That, btw, was satire. Dude.

Posted by: Captain John | July 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"More Americans have died since 9/11 than on 9/11! And at what cost? And at what security? Do you feel safer now to roam the world including the Mideast as you used to do so freely?"

Roam the Mideast? Probably never was a good time to roam that area. There certainly were plenty of attacks prior to 9/11 including NYC WTC the first time. No attacks on our homeland and that is no coincidence. The terrorists have had there way with the innocent for sometime now. It did not begin with 9/11. You do know that correct...because you have been roaming for sometime.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It is the message, STUPID!

It's not about campaign manager(s)
It's not about organizational structure
It's not about execution plan
It's not about # spins
It is not about ....

You got the hint?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Repukes LIE when they say we haven't been attacked since 9-11.

The Anthrax attacks happened AFTER 9-11.

And Chimpy's goons haven't caught the terrorists in that one either.

If we haven't been attacked since then, it is not because of Chimpy but DESPITE him.

Chimpy invaded the wrong country at the wrong time for the wrong reasons and now we don't have enough troops to go after Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

You Repukes are WRONG as usual.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Honestly now, if Captain America cannot forge an effective campaign with a four-month head start what make people think he can lead a country? I don't care what sort of hero jet fighter pilot he was 50 years ago. Who, or what, is he today?
He cannot raise sufficient funds for a Fall campaign so the taxpayers are bailing him out; the Bush people are raising what money they can for him; Karl Rove is quietly installing opeatives in the Cheap Shot Express' to replace the old tires McNane put on; he has all but moved into the RNC because he cannot get a campaign apparatus to call home; he is about to bring on a man he hates onboard as his Veep candidate out of desperation..Mitt `The Knife' Romney..because Mitt has the perfect political soul (empty) and can attack Obama for the cameras will be poses pious, raise money where even the Bush people cannot, and deploy is quiet Mormon army in those precious western states. That's because `Captain America' has virtually no grassroots organizations outside the RNC in any of his former 11 regions.
McCain's his policies have earned him the nickname `McSame' because he essentially has no significant policies of his own.
That's enough of a GOP pep talk. But, I don't think Captain America is doing so well.

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | July 2, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

In other news, a domesticated CHIMP is missing in a forest in California.

I didn't know Bush was in California.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Obama guy? Do we really know. We know of some of his wacky associates, freaky 20 + yr church, strange liberal voting record, childhood / religion is unclear, parents, who are / were they, what does he really, REALLY believe.

Is it all just a hope, change, turn the page (and what DOES that mean), yes we can (what?).

Who is this guy or does it matter as long as the naive "feel good" about voting for a black man? Is that what his attraction is...lofty arrogance spoken by a black (sort of) man? Astounding.

Posted by: Change What | July 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Why the metric has to be so narrow as "not being attacked" or "not being attacked on the mainland" or "not being attacked on the mainland with American Airline Jets rammed into tall building in morning in September?"

More Americans have died since 9/11 than on 9/11! And at what cost? And at what security? Do you feel safer now to roam the world including the Mideast as you used to do so freely?

If not being attacked is a true metric, it was already achieved on 9/12/2001 because there were no attacks on 9/12/2001.

What a bunch of myopics!

Posted by: Kishor Gala | July 2, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

If a B-sh Brother campaigns for you and does exclusive fund-raising for you( approval ratings of 28%..be sure..it is the King Midas Touch. You will turn into a statue of gold and be way-laid...

Bush Brother, 2012!!!!!!!!!!

Learn to effectively distance yourself or get got in the tidal wave, 2008, mi amigo!

Posted by: mdsubramonia | July 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"We haven't been attacked in the past 8 years? Huh. Republicans can't do math or have bad memories."

Boy, you got me there. 7 yrs 10 months 8 days approx. 16 hrs. Feel better now.

and what does "can't do math" mean?

Posted by: | July 2, 2008 4:57 PM
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July 2, 2008 - September 11, 2001 = what?

Anonymous rethug illustrates exactly what "can't do math" means.
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Posted by: Oh the irony! | July 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Things are indeed falling apart!

Yesterday Cindy wore a tangerine colored sweater/jacket to match McCain's tie, and today there is no color matching!

And I don't think Cindy asked the pilot when boarding the plane "Does this work?" What if it did not work? Or made a big noise of a different kind?

What a mess!

Posted by: Kishor Gala | July 2, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

With Schmidt McCain's campaign is now unrepairable.
Posted by: Fareed H. Ansari | July 2, 2008 4:53 PM
_____________________________________

DON"T UNDER ESTIMATE THE MSM/CORPORATE PROPAGANDA MACHINE!
Rememember Mr Petersen of Findlay, Ohio?
There's a lot of SMART GOODS out there, the kind that have circled the same rumors amongst cousins for 20 centuries!
Didja ya'll hear? JESUS WAS A BLACK HEBREW! Can I have a little more gravy on my bisquit Nellie? Gawd ma corns are aching!


Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do lib dem Socialists want America weakened?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Shuffield, we need to spread this across the news!

JOHN McCAIN'S 3R ECONOMIC PLAN 2008
Abbreviated version

Republican Candidate John McCain with a progressive outlook, comes through for America with his 3R economic plan. In the persona of Theodore Roosevelt, McCain's plan just makes sense.

NUTS AND BOLTS of the plan are simple.

The US needs a separate tax revenue source before it can move away from fossil energy fuels which supply hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes for state and federal agencies.

This move from fossil fuels to clean, affordable energy can only be done in one of two ways.
1. Halt all projects paid for with taxes at the pump and other fuel taxes, OR,
2. John McCain's Economic Plan involving the 3R's, Rethink, Reform, Reinvent.

Here is the John McCain 3R solution.

The US needs alternative taxes if we are to drop the petrol products tax and utilize new alternative fuels and new power sources. This is where the taxes will come from.

McCain's 3R is about technical, closely monitored and rapid hands on training from pros to create new pros. Thousands of currently-job-displaced "once leaders in the manufacturing arena" will be asked to train and play instructor rolls in the 3R plan.

Paid, of course, as these new leaders will help create a whole new style of prosperous America. A massive restructure providing thousands of new American MFG companies means millions of new jobs for infrastructure alone.

1. RETHINK: America must see globally on what America is capable of in our current state of technology, engineering and meet the demands that face the world.

"RE-Think" the basic job goals involve the dwindling retirement, health care and social security plans that are failing Americans. With a strong base and a higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) America has a new bargaining chip in the way we live and the ways we retire.

Private Sector framework is in place and current laws allow the 3R to happen. The Progressive attitude of John McCain to get things done by crossing party lines will resurrect America.

2. REFORM: The American people must demand higher quality products and less restricted trade routes for Made in USA components. We will lead the way of MFG again!

The USA will reform its dead manufacturing base to create the most innovative and green-engineered products possible. We will compete in a world market along with other high quality products. Our Private Sector teams are making this reality now.

3. REINVENT: America and Americans must reinvent themselves to reach and maintain these standards and by sheer American ingenuity, control the world's marketplace in the competitive manner, as the USA has always been proud to be #1.

Americans are going back to McCain's 3R-schooling program where they are paid to reinvent their skills and learn new skills to design and lead their personal LLC, Corporation or joint venture company. That's easy enough to comprehend and just as easy to implement.

The 3R plan is designed as a six-month rapid advancement system. Graduates may return for additional skill enhancements from time to time, or step up after new advanced training in executive management.

New jobs are the mainstay for Creating a new guard for Social Security.

While manufacturing is a very important part of this plan, thousands of other new businesses must to be created to meet the new surge of 3R manufacturing industries to create a new era of prosperous Americans.

Initial estimates of 1 in 5 students will begin his or her own company and drive even more Americans into a viable lifestyle with real jobs, real benefits and a retirement to look forward to.

This 3R plan will be done without costing taxpayers (or the government) additional funds. America has the means to follow through with John McCain's 3R plan, ready and in place across the USA. The buildings we need sit vacant for the most part. By assuming leases on abandoned stores and factories across America with MC-3R schools and mini-manufacturing training centers, the USA made products can be sold and support the stores. Building owners write off the loss in taxes over a few years if they donate the space!

This is the new place for financial speculators to invest!

The speculators who first drove the economy with mortgage investments and most recently with crude oil investments have a better arena for their investments. America as nation of industrious individuals who want to work and want to succeed will make them huge profits. The supply of eager Americans with ideas and dreams to prosper is limitless.

Although the thousands of new businesses manufacturing USA Made products is exciting enough, the real excitement comes from the massive amount of additional jobs that will be created to provide the new housing, new buildings, new parks, shopping, grocery stores, schools, government outlets and so much more.

McCain's Straight Talk Decisive nature embodies a Progressive Theodore Roosevelt more than any US presidential candidate in history since the original Rough Rider blazed the greatest era of growth in America.

We need John McCain to lead our nation with the same type of change.

THIS DRAFT COURTESY OF:

John Lewis Mealer,
Founding President of Mealer Companies

Posted by: JL Mealer | July 2, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"We haven't been attacked in the past 8 years? Huh. Republicans can't do math or have bad memories."

Boy, you got me there. 7 yrs 10 months 8 days approx. 16 hrs. Feel better now.

and what does "can't do math" mean?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

If it aint Broke don't Fix it. Rick Davis Big Time Lobbyist with serious Soviet connections has been fired (replaced) by Steve Schmidt as McCain campaign manager. Steve was George Bush campaign manager and Cheney strategist. McCain finally came to the realization that his campaign was Broken. With Steve Schmidt in charge (for now) looks like we have George Bush II repackaged as McCain. Schmidt may have won the election for Bush, but after losing the Country, voters won't support Bush II in the person of McCain. With Schmidt McCain's campaign is now unrepairable.

Posted by: Fareed H. Ansari | July 2, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Looks to me like the socialist Dems want to spend our money on our people and the borrow and spend Reps want to spend our money on wars. Hmmmmm...."

Riiight the Republicans actually want to protect this country and if that means killing al Qaeda and Taliban so be it. But you are correct about the lib dem socialists, they want to buy votes with entitlements...or as you say "spend money on our people". Hmmm

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Americafirst - Can you inform those of us who aren't apparently as "enlightened" as you what John "What Can I Do For My Country" McCain as you call him, is going to do for our country?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Re: Policy Discourse

This is great news.

When Senator McCain has a clear global vision for America, Blah, blah, blah
Posted by: peace4world | July 2, 2008 4:37 PM
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GEEZ LOUISE, the man at 71 is going to suddenly get a clear vision in the next four months?
Peace4world, this is what I mean when I refer to "THE AMERICAN DUMMY"!!!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

""Anyone out there better off now then they were 8 years ago?"

Absolutely, we have not been attacked and the economy has been the most resilient with steady growth, low unemployment and interest rates."

We haven't been attacked in the past 8 years? Huh. Republicans can't do math or have bad memories.

Posted by: Dude | July 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

As you are exiting the darkened moviehouse where the multi-reel dramedy you have been perceiving as reality for the last several months is finished rolling the credits, please note that in the real world Hilary lost and that Obama studiously avoided race-tactics. That was Bill who tried to make Obama the BLACK candidate instead of a presidential candidate in a place where it was a historically hot issue. Remember segregation. Obama conducted a brilliant campaign using the system created by the Democratic Party when he was too young to hold public office. His David vs. Goliath defeat of a practically annointed candidate is proof enough of his ability try and put this broken country back together. Just because someone looks good on paper, doesn't mean they are in fact better and this country has had enough examples of this to prove it. You need a refresher course in US history if you don't believe me -- any source you want to use the truth is in all of them. You obviously have enough intelligence to string words to form sentences, but common sense and rationality are lacking. You don't punish Obama, you punish yourself. You are a disgrace to the women's movement, past, present and future. The longer you cling to your bitterness (deliberate and appropriate word choice), the more you bring shame on yourself and embarass Hilary. You will be embraced by the Republicans until they have your vote and then you will be booted out of the bed like a $5 hooker. Have some self-respect, please. Your behavior gives credence to all men who think women are emotionally and intellectually unstable. Thank God your numbers are small and we have Hilary to offset your kind. If you genuinely care about the future of this country you will continue to follow Hilary to Obama. You can try again in 2012, but the 2008 primary is OVER fair and square by the rules agreed upon by both candidates. Grow up, you're a middle aged woman and temper tamtrums are truly unbecoming after the age of 4 or 5. I am sorry you feel marginalized, but you are going down the wrong path if you want vindication. Put your energies to constructive use or stay home until the urge to key Obamas car, TP his house and throw water balloons at him passes.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Want to see how they govern? Watch how they campaign. One has an organization that ran circles around the 'best politicians' in America. The other wins the primary by default and can't get himself or his campaign organized to do anything. More Bush-like incompetence? I don't think America can stand another 4 years of failed government.
Posted by: thebob.bob | July 2, 2008 4:18 PM
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And that can be the only rational reason for campaigns. To see who is organized and who is not.
Political threats and promises are forgotten fifteen minutes after they are uttered!
Excellent post but this country is so dumbed down they buy tap water in bottles, and think TV is the "REAL LIFE"!
Otherwise how could the MSM, fifteen minutes after Hunchback Shrub kept saying "I KNEW THAT" tell the dummies that he had won the debate?
Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:29 PM


Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Re: Policy Discourse

This is great news.

Senator McCain needs to clarify his policy goals first and then derive a theme to fit into his overall policy discourses--instead of "distancing" himself from Bush. McCain also needs his own voices that work for his policy visions, instead of defending himself from Obama's charge of "Bush's Third Term."

Senator Obama has no policies that make sense. His economic policy is even dangerous threatening multilateralism and international trading system, WTO. The fact that the Democratic Party itself is discrediting 8 years of Clinton administration in that he expanded free trade agreements and initiated the institutionalization of WTO under his leadership is just a populist discourse.

Senator Obama's protectionism won't work for the twenty-first century. His economic
policy shows that he has no clue how many international trade agreements the United States currently has to enforce to revitalize the economy of the United States. The United States has to commit itself to international trade agreements under the rules of WTO as a global leader.

When Senator McCain has a clear global vision for America, voters will see that Logic of free trade in relation to national security, which has been tested most effective since the Reagan administration.

Posted by: peace4world | July 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain finally caught on with this campaign cycle's mantra: CHANGE. McCain is now touting that he also is for change and to prove his point, McCain's new campaign slogan: Changing one lobbyist to another lobbyist once a week; that is my sort of CHANGE.

Posted by: CHANGE....LOL | July 2, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Have the lib dem Socialists done anything good for this country over the past 8 yrs? Anything?

Posted by: | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM

I'd say they managed to get a new, decent GI Bill pushed through despite George's tantrums and McCain's threats. Looks to me like the socialist Dems want to spend our money on our people and the borrow and spend Reps want to spend our money on wars. Hmmmmm....

Posted by: Dennis Jones | July 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Want to see how they govern? Watch how they campaign. One has an organization that ran circles around the 'best politicians' in America. The other wins the primary by default and can't get himself or his campaign organized to do anything. More Bush-like incompetence? I don't think America can stand another 4 years of failed government.
Posted by: thebob.bob | July 2, 2008 4:18 PM
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And that can be the only rational reason for campaigns. To see who is organized and who is not.
Political threats and promises are for mean fifteen minutes after they are uttered!
Excellent post but this country is so dumbed down they buy tap water in bottles!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

If there was any doubt that McCain is Bush-lite this should remove it.

"Mr. Schmidt is a veteran of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and he worked closely with Karl Rove, who was Mr. Bush's political adviser." New York Times

Posted by: Adrasteia | July 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Obama also is changing his positions daily - you will shortly see him come out in favor of an open-ended Iraq commitment - no withdrawal, no timeline. Let's see what the left-wing kool-aid crowd says about that when it happens."

Umm... pgr88, do you have any basis for that, or did it just sound good when it was going through your mind?

Posted by: James C. Samans | July 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

not a chance

Posted by: tico | July 2, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Just remind McSame every morning what he's supposed to be furious about, and keep him from biting anyone important, and you should be ok.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"Schmidt's going to run the campaign. He's still going to report to Rick. But he's going to have much broader ability to make decisions," said one top McCain aide. "When he says something to the political people, there will be no question, no discussing."

Sounds a lot like the arrangement Bush, Cheney and Rummy had for the Iraq war

Posted by: marc | July 2, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to see Obama elected because of his broader interest in public sector projects. But I also like and respect McCain. My problem is that I liked him because of the positions he took in contrast to President Bush (whom I despise), and in an effort to curry favor with the right wing elements of the Republican party--which people tend to forget, are no more the only members of the party than are all Democrats left-wing liberals--he's basically abandoned everything that he used to espouse.

Posted by: James C. Samans | July 2, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Want to see how they govern? Watch how they campaign. One has an organization that ran circles around the 'best politicians' in America. The other wins the primary by default and can't get himself or his campaign organized to do anything. More Bush-like incompetence? I don't think America can stand another 4 years of failed government.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I stand corrected---by her Royal Highness of Crawford and all the Lowlands.
Laura (I need another ciggy) Bush, has just informed me that Shrub was not doing the "MONKEY" in his Jodhpur on the flight deck he was doing the "CHIMP"!!!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

McAdmiral can rearrange the deck chairs but his blind focus is still going to be the same.....gazillions of dollars wasted on endless wars, more pandering to Bush's petrodictators and bigger tax cuts for the wealthiest in society. Under a McCain presidency, get used to shrinking middle class incomes and exploding deficits that could swallow the next generations.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | July 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It's tough to get one's message out when main-stream media reporters are getting tingles up their legs and are openly in the Obama camp.

Obama also is changing his positions daily - you will shortly see him come out in favor of an open-ended Iraq commitment - no withdrawal, no timeline. Let's see what the left-wing kool-aid crowd says about that when it happens.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

anything is better than obama and his stupid fist bump - there hasn't been a nerdier black guy since erkel.
Posted by: fred | July 2, 2008 4:01 PM

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Hey I still see Shurb in his Jodhpur doing the "MONKEY" the flight deck!
That's one that's hard to beat!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If we can't have Hilary, I will vote for McCain. Obama has no realpolitik experience and he is nothing more than a puppet for Howard 'YEEEIOOOOUUUUWWW' Dean, Axelrod and his minions... THey are trying to ramrod this political Neophyte down our throats. Tell me one thing, ONE thing he has done while in the Illinois Legislature or the Senate for that matter? Mr. McCain has repeatedly worked across the aisle to work with the Dixiecrats, McCain/Feingold, McCain/Kennedy, McCain/Lieberman.. Plus he has the war wounds and medals to go along with them to prove he is a born leader. If I can't have Hill, I'll vote McCain!

Posted by: MtnMan | July 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

lets make it simple
McCain = what can i do for my country
obama = what can my country do for me
the choice is clear -- McCain 08
Posted by: americafirst | July 2, 2008 3:44 PM
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Hey Simpletons, ya'll got that?

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The campaign shake-up news is certainly `inside baseball,' and will be yet-another hot topic gone cold in about one news cycle, but I am afraid yet another capaign staff shake-up really does give credence to doubts about Captain America's ability to run anything, or even preside over anything. He's just not up to the task. He's out of it.
And, he's in Colombia? Maybe Mark Penn is available to join the Rovian `professional set' that's coming to Captain America's rescue.

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | July 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

anything is better than obama and his stupid fist bump - there hasn't been a nerdier black guy since erkel.

Posted by: fred | July 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

To: Sunny Florida | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM
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Coward - I think you need to add more Tin Foil to your Dittohead.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If you can't run an effective campaign and have to rearrange campaign managers because you initially made the wrong choice what does that say about your ability to effectively run the country. Sounds too familiar to Bush's administration. Good luck Mclame.

Posted by: Ryan | July 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The time is near when the idea of "PROVING ROVE LIES" to be lies is nearing end. The time of takinking the offence is near. McCain's testimony with regards to his not remembering the "SPEAKING FEES" he got from Keating on his tax returns will be played on UTUBE. The evidence of his confessing that America was the only problem in Vietnam will be played on UTUBE.
Some of the erratic outbursts at imaginary rats gnawing at his eyes will be played on UTUBE!!
AND DON'T CALL THESE SMEARS ROVITES, WHAT THEY WILL BE IS RECORDED FACT!!!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

GOP Republican McCain-Bush Have Many Many Many Crisis To Answer For
McCain-Bush III Trillion Dollar Treasury Robbing War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Multi-Trillion Dollar Deficit Crisis (Disgrace)
McCain-Bush III Democracy Crisis
McCain-Bush III American People Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Constitution Crisis
McCain-Bush III Barrel of Oil Crisis (Democrat $24 changed to GOP Republican $145)
McCain-Bush III Gallon of Gasoline Crisis (Democrat $1.25 changed to GOP Republican $4.50)
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Wall Street Oil Speculation Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street Super-capitalism cannibalistic Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to Saudi Arabia Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to India Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to China Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with Iran Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with North Korea Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with China Crisis
McCain-Bush III Healthcare Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Economics Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Employment Crisis
McCain-Bush III Out Sourcing American Jobs Crisis
McCain-Bush III Auto Industry Crisis
McCain-Bush III Airline Industry Crisis
McCain-Bush III Travel Crisis
McCain-Bush III Flood Levee Crisis
McCain-Bush III Energy Crisis
McCain-Bush III Overseas Tax Haven Rich Tax Avoidance Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wage Gap Crisis
McCain-Bush III Lack of Employees' Rights Crisis
McCain-Bush III 2000 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-Bush III 2004 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-Bush III Dubious War on Drugs Crisis
McCain-Bush III Education Crisis
McCain-Bush III School Shooting Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Drug Money Laundering Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Drug Cartel Kickbacks Crisis
McCain-Bush III Prime Time Soft Pornography Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Wall Street Mad Cow Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Water Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Air Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Agriculture Crisis (Asia won't accept our food)
McCain-Bush III Rich GOP Republican Treasury Robbery Crisis
McCain-Bush III American People Lack Confidence in Government Crisis
McCain-Bush III World Chaos Crisis
McCain-Bush III Food Price Crisis
McCain-Bush III Global Warming Crisis
McCain-Bush III Disasters in America Crisis
McCain-Bush III Katrina Crisis
McCain-Bush III Racist Talk Radio Crisis
McCain-Bush III Racist O'Reilly and Fox News Crisis
McCain-Bush III Housing Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Dollar Crisis
McCain-Bush III Deceptive Administration Crisis
McCain-Bush III Negative World Perception Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling American Big Banks to foreign billionaires Crisis giving foreign sweatshop billionaires direct votes in Our Economy, Way of Life and Government
Mission Accomplish McCain-Bush III For Trying To Destroy Our Democracy and Economy

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Think about this - you have a boss who keeps shaking up the office with staff changes, new policies and other panic-driven moves to "do better" for shareholders, clients and interested observers. In the past, we'd ask "would you buy a used car" from such a fellow? Nowadays, the question might be "would you trust your country to someone who lives in Shakeytown?"

Posted by: Geez | July 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

lets make it simple

McCain = Graduated 994th out of 997 students

obama = Harvard Grad

the choice is clear -- Obama 08

Posted by: Playa | July 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

GOP Republican McCain-Bush Have Many Many Many Crisis To Answer For
McCain-Bush III Trillion Dollar Treasury Robbing War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Multi-Trillion Dollar Deficit Crisis (Disgrace)
McCain-Bush III Democracy Crisis
McCain-Bush III American People Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Constitution Crisis
McCain-Bush III Barrel of Oil Crisis (Democrat $24 changed to GOP Republican $145)
McCain-Bush III Gallon of Gasoline Crisis (Democrat $1.25 changed to GOP Republican $4.50)
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Wall Street Oil Speculation Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street Super-capitalism cannibalistic Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to Saudi Arabia Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to India Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling America to China Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with Iran Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with North Korea Crisis
McCain-Bush III Relations with China Crisis
McCain-Bush III Healthcare Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Economics Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Employment Crisis
McCain-Bush III Out Sourcing American Jobs Crisis
McCain-Bush III Auto Industry Crisis
McCain-Bush III Airline Industry Crisis
McCain-Bush III Travel Crisis
McCain-Bush III Flood Levee Crisis
McCain-Bush III Energy Crisis
McCain-Bush III Overseas Tax Haven Rich Tax Avoidance Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wage Gap Crisis
McCain-Bush III Lack of Employees' Rights Crisis
McCain-Bush III 2000 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-Bush III 2004 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-Bush III Dubious War on Drugs Crisis
McCain-Bush III Education Crisis
McCain-Bush III School Shooting Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Drug Money Laundering Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Drug Cartel Kickbacks Crisis
McCain-Bush III Prime Time Soft Pornography Crisis
McCain-Bush III GOP Republican Wall Street Mad Cow Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Water Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Air Crisis
McCain-Bush III Poison Agriculture Crisis (Asia won't accept our food)
McCain-Bush III Rich GOP Republican Treasury Robbery Crisis
McCain-Bush III American People Lack Confidence in Government Crisis
McCain-Bush III World Chaos Crisis
McCain-Bush III Food Price Crisis
McCain-Bush III Global Warming Crisis
McCain-Bush III Disasters in America Crisis
McCain-Bush III Katrina Crisis
McCain-Bush III Racist Talk Radio Crisis
McCain-Bush III Racist O'Reilly and Fox News Crisis
McCain-Bush III Housing Crisis
McCain-Bush III U.S. Dollar Crisis
McCain-Bush III Deceptive Administration Crisis
McCain-Bush III Negative World Perception Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-Bush III Wall Street selling American Big Banks to foreign billionaires Crisis giving foreign sweatshop billionaires direct votes in Our Economy, Way of Life and Government
Mission Accomplish McCain-Bush III For Trying To Destroy Our Democracy and Economy

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain = You don't need your current job, you have a job in our military!

Obama = You don't need that military job, you have a job in our country!

Clinton = I need a job.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much the Republicans are funding Al Qaeda and the Taliban?

These Republican paid terrorists are the only thing keeping Republicans in office at all.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

mccain would lead us into another war, and generally behave aggressively, while handing money to oil and coal instead of creating energy independence. his policies are backward.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

lets make it simple

McCain = what can i do for my country

obama = what can my country do for me

the choice is clear -- McCain 08

Posted by: americafirst | July 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So,what is really need here is simple just
have someone shake up Amnesty John McCain
missing brains or empty hardhead about the
need to stop McCain's endless damn fool
pandering to the Hispanic and Mexican Vote
and not stopping Illegal Alien Criminals
Invading the USA and cface the reality that
we just had another female Phoenix Police
Officer shot by one of Amnesty John McCain
and Flip Flop Barack Hussein Obama's pals,
Illegal Alien Criminal along with the 11
Phoenix Area Cops Killed By Illegal Aliens
in the last four or five years now then.
And while Amnesty John McCain is off trying
to get elected El Presidente of Mexico for
Life and Whacky Baracky Hussein Obama is
off doing a "Rock Star World Tour" on us
as well. So voters remember both McCzin
and Obama support Illegal Alien Amendsty,
Open Borders and Instant US Citizenship
for all Illegal Aliens on election day.
So do I need even mention the issues like
the War in Iraq, Getting Osama bin Laden.
the Failing Economy et al here? NOBAMA and
NOAMNESTYMCCAIN! What a pair of losers!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | July 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I'VE LOST MY MARBLES...HELP ME MR. SCHMIDT, I'VE LOST MY CAMPAIGN MARBLES...DOESN'T IT LOOK LIKE MCCAIN? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLAlceZ2qo&feature=related

Posted by: Benighse | July 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans sure do like to scream about Democrats being "Socialists". You'd almost think Obama was the one who recorded Communist.."

They are socialists and Obama is a socialist. So your analysis is pretty accurate. Good job.

Posted by: Mary | July 2, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans and Democrats are ALL Americans......dont forget that.....they just have different views and need to work together....

On to politics, has anyone checked out Fox.com's Polls????

Probably not, unless you go to realclearpolitics.com and see that Obama is ahead of McCain by 4%

and now about Steve Schmidt....he was successful at getting the Govenator re-elected (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and played a huge role in getting Bush elected and Re-elected.....There is not any dirt on this guy, just the guys he helps elect....

But, if McCain is trying to set himself apart from george Bush, he is not doing well in his voting record, which 90% of the time matched Bush, or his issues and fundraising, which Bush has helped endorse and prepare, or the people behind the scenes in McCains camp......McSame is starting to stick and thanks to the internet.....

I know Republicans want another Republican in offic, I do too, But McCain is not that guy......

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | July 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Grampy McStiffy's campaign is sinking like the Titanic. Last one off is a rotten egg.

Posted by: gogmu012 | July 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Have the lib dem Socialists done anything good for this country over the past 8 yrs? Anything?

Posted by: | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM
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Where you been [space] up the elephant's backside. Bush/Cheney/Rove have been at the wheel the past eight years.
Crawl out into the light. Take a bath!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Go PUMAS! Go McCain! Come and get us!

Posted by: Sunny Florida
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Won't be too hard - emerged from that 110 bag of cookie dough already?

Posted by: whatever... | July 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Have the lib dem Socialists done anything good for this country over the past 8 yrs? Anything?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good! Let's get a strong message out there from mcCain about his being the better choice for President.

One thing to do is tap into the many grievances that the former Hillary suporters have with their former party. Who are we? The PUMAS! Let me assure all, our "goal" is not to beat the Republicans, it's to ensure that democracy, with a fair and free electoral system is upheld. That is why the Obama people don't get why we PUMAS are so ticked off and so intent on making sure the Selected doesn't become the next POTUS. If he had real qualifications, practiced non-Chicagoan campaign strategies, had a record we could actually review and believe in, and actually kept his word on his "positions" longer than a couple of weeks, we might actually be more inclined to listen. So we are open and ripe for the McCain camp pickings.

What the Just Say No Deal coalition of websites and supporters can not tolerate is a selected nominee (presumptive,since nothing happens until the "Roll call" at the convention) who was given delegates that Hillary won in MI. Or that he was given the "uncommited" votes in MI - since when do the rules of the DNC say that a candidate should receive delegates from voters who didn't even choose that candidate? It's about democracy stupid!

I don't trust Obama because he changes his mind on everything he says he stands for, because he cries "race" everytime someone questions why he has no record of the very "change" he talks so eloquently about. Because his resume is one of the thinnest of any presidential candidate in the history or our country. I could care less about the color of his skin or the parents he was raised by. I do care that he didn't show enough "good judgement" to leave a church where his pastor spoke divisively and racially for 20 years. The list goes on.

But the movement that is "NoBama" is not just about of lack of faith in his abilities to lead this country, but more about the fact that if we support the candidate that was shoved down our throats by the DNC, the media, and the "party leaders", rather than the one who won the popular vote, then we can offically kiss "democracy" and free elctions good by. We are no different than any country with fixed elections, propaganda and backroom deals. THAT is the goal of the JUSTSAY NO DEAL coalition of sites. Go PUMAS! Go McCain! Come and get us!

Posted by: Sunny Florida | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yess we are. In spite of what CNN tells you!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, Republicans sure do like to scream about Democrats being "Socialists". You'd almost think Obama was the one who recorded Communist propaganda for the Viet Cong.

Posted by: Christoffel | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It rarely surprises me when these bold talking republicans are too gutless to sign their bada$$ postings. Rave on coward.

Posted by: Electric Bill | July 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN KEEPS THAT CONTORTED SMILE ON FOR THE PUBLIC--BUT IN PRIVATE, EVEN HIS POLITICAL LACKEY'S SEE HIS VENOM, AND ARE FRUSTRATED WITH NO MESSAGE, OR AT BEST MUDDLED MUMBLINGS.

Posted by: Benighse | July 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yep, a campaign with no support and no traction does a shakeup to try to get some.

It won't work.

Google "Green Zone Follies", and "McCain Navajo Peabody Western" to see why he should not be where he is.

And for the Kool-Aid overdosers on both sides, get thee to a detox facility!

Posted by: Tannim | July 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse


"And with prices of everything going through the roof..."

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Question: If you tax businesses, who do you think actually pays the tax?

Question: In Obama's plan to auction carbon credits, who do you think ultimately pays for them?

Hint: The plan is designed to reduce energy consumption and includes a $100 billion a year for the poor to pay their electricity bills.

Posted by: Miguel | July 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yep, it just gets better and better for the "Find an f'ing message...oops, watch the flip-flops" Straight talk express. Maybe Cindy can buy him a clue on her Amex card...

Posted by: 2008 | July 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama a slick South Chicago Black Liberation Street Activist with ultra Liberal Socialist views?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Are we now winning in Iraq?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"ethnic slurs and racist innuendo"

Typical lib dem slug. Throwing out that tired old race card.

They will never have any solutions, never have any ideas, only whine, moan, complain and imagine or fabricate to suit their agenda. There only means to win any election is fear mongering, buy votes with high tax funded entilements and prey on the ignorant ill informed.

Really very disappointing what the democrat party has become. Sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse


"Now, we see that Michelle Obama is just as patriotic as John McCain. "

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Actually, all you proved is that Democrats are unable to apply context to words.

Posted by: Miguel | July 2, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@colorado kool aid

You're right about one thing...

"You [Democrats] may win the November election..."

Posted by: Paul | July 2, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone out there better off now then they were 8 years ago?"

Absolutely, we have not been attacked and the economy has been the most resilient with steady growth, low unemployment and interest rates. All the while the Socialist run Congress has been undermining the efforts of this President to accomplish those two most important items...protect your pasty butt and make sure the economy stays strong with low taxes.

If the lib dem Socialists were not the traitor treasonous pricks they are we might have been exploiting our own oil resources by now. And if the lib dem Socialists had not pressured lending institutions to provide credit to the marginal credit scores the housing market would not have crashed.

But the lib dem Socialist party needs a weak, distressed, miserable population that needs the govt to take care of them...like you moron. You are enslaved by the Socialist party and they love you for being an easy target. Pitiful.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It really doesn't matter who's running the ill fated McCain show. All the wheels are off the straight talk express. McCain is a flawed candidate - and has run a truly poor campaign. What exactly does he stand for these days? He's flip flopped so much on the issues that it's hard to tell what he really stands for anymore.

Posted by: JDB | July 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are sad. Of course they want to comment on Barack Obama being a 'socialist' who will 'wreck the economy' [yeah, the Republicans did a GREAT job with the economy :eyeroll:] on a story about McCain's campaign changing managers, which is never a good sign.

The Republican playbook this election is the same as it ever was, from the top on down to the right-wing scum that posts on the WaPo: slime your opponent with as much garbage as possible so as to conceal the massive failures of right-wing governance, particularly in the faltering, weak economy. I predict the new campaign manager will be issuing orders to begin this campaign that everyone expects from the extremist Republican Party - ethnic slurs and racist innuendo, questioning Obama's loyalty and patriotism, attacking his family, etc. We've already seen hints of this; I expect this crap to begin in earnest now. The thing is I don't think it will work this time, not with the median worker making, on average, a whole dollar more than in 2001 while producing much much more than in 2001. And with prices of everything going through the roof and the majority of the wealth created by the productivity going to the fabulously wealthy, the slimy attacks from the Republicans will work to attract the right-wing fanatics (who post here daily) but not too many others. When people are worried about losing their homes, they won't care that his name's Obama, just that he won't continue the disastrous policies of George W. Bush, as John McCain would. Obama's going to win, and it won't be close.

Posted by: Eddie Money | July 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yo, scrivener, I think you need a new tinfoil hat.

Posted by: peacenik | July 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

A. Lincoln says "McCain being qualified for President because of being a POW, is like someone being qualified for being a big city mayor because he was mugged on the street." This is said very poorly, if you keep us this sort of thing, I'll start wondering whose side you are really on.

Posted by: newageblues | July 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Some Knucklehead wrote:

Obama is a shill for the Socialist party. That is a FACT. Lib Dem Socialists can McBush, McThat all day, but he fact is Obama is nothing more that a front man for Soros, Socialists and income redistribution hacks that want America weakened.

Blah... Blah... Blah...

Posted by: Knuckleheaded Troll | July 2, 2008 3:01 PM

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Can you cite any sources (legitimate sources!) for this FACT?


So does this, Steve Schmidt taking full operational control, that Charlie Black is free to spout off?

To whit: Charlie Black has issued an open invitation to terrorists worldwide --- PLEASE ATTACK US (We Need The Votes!)

Now that's some Straight Talk!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 2, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a user fee guy. He will make sure we are taxed for all services and then billed for same.

Obama... He is the "Anti Christ and your next president! He will surender you to the terrorists and the "Anti American" thrid world.

Liberal America will finally gets what it asked for. All you pseudo intellectuals can then scream in horror at the world you have created for your children

Posted by: Ron Pogatchnik | July 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

colorado koolaid is a bilious gasbag spewing failed Laffer economics.

Tax breaks to the rich and corporations DID NOT WORK, you stupid moron. That has been proven. Go look it up.

And I am disgusted that I have to share a great state like Colorado with a moron like you.

Please move to Texas.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So much for McCain distancing himself from Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: Patrick | July 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This fraud they call Hussein Obama cannot be believed. When you have to have a media marketing push to convince the public that you are patriotic leaves you less than credible. He is a deceitful snake oil salesman that comes with a huge price tag.

Posted by: Change What | July 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

this would be a good time for WaPo to include a hyperlink to a biography of the political principles discussed. All have extensive campaign and government lobby tanks (law firms), public interest groups et. all. Would seem to be readily available. Yes, I will google the one's I don't know, but you guy's are writing the excited notable about a name most people don't know.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 2, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone out there better off now then they were 8 years ago?

Posted by: ALLOST | July 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is going to lose this coming November. His ideas are Bush's outdated ideas...NAFTA: more jobs going oversees...make tax cuts permanent: more tax breaks for the top 10% wealthy...capital gains breaks:more corporate tax breaks....all benefiting the Rich. Same old Bush crap."

Same old Democrat airhead crap you mean. NAFTA -- like other free trade agreements -- produces higher standards of living for all concerned. Free trade liberates countries and increases national wealth. That is a fact and years of data support it. Look at the real world labs where free trade and the protectionist policies of Democrats work side-by-side. North Korea is less than a 3rd world country, whereas South Korea has a free people, prospering -- the difference being 60 years of free trade vs. protectionism.

The Bush tax cuts increased the percentage of income tax paid by the "wealthy" -- and eliminated taxes altogether for many people at the lower end of the income scale.

Capital gains breaks helped increase the flow of capital to business -- creating more jobs.

You Democrats don't seem to know your facts nor understand how things actually work. All you have is empty, proven wrong hot air and policies that hurt people. You may win the November election, but not because your policy prescriptions help people. Gaseous, bilious bags of emptiness is what you are.


Posted by: colorado kool aid | July 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, We cant use 20% of the worlds energy with only 3% of population...uhhhh, er We can't set our thermostats at 72 degrees...and uhhhh umm We can't eat what we want and uhh umm Expect the rest of the world to say that's ok. We can't do that. Uhhhhh

What? What did he say? Who is this Euro Socialist freak?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

These are John McCain's own words spoken on msnbc.com:

"I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company."

See the video for yourself at:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/06/22/mccains-unpatriotic-words-caught-on-tape/

Now, we see that Michelle Obama is just as patriotic as John McCain. Anyone who denies this after seeing it with their own eyes is denying reality.

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a shill for the Socialist party. That is a FACT. Lib Dem Socialists can McBush, McThat all day, but he fact is Obama is nothing more that a front man for Soros, Socialists and income redistribution hacks that want America weakened.

Yet the Obama cultists continue their naive defense of the empty suit, Black Liberation Street Activist punk because it makes them "feel good" they are a part of history, it is the first black (kind of) man that may be president and blah blah blah.

They have no idea what the shill South Chicago Political Hack has in store for this country. No idea.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WINS, WE WON'T BE OUT OF IRAQ ANYTIME SOON! On 21 January 2008, the American public will be forced to wake up and realize that we cannot and will not be out of Iraq anytime soon. You can believe whatever you want about the legal aspects of the war. But the facts on the ground in the middle east aren't going to change. It'd sure be nice to have everyone get on a big C-17 or 747 and fly home, but sadly it's just not that simple. If you don't believe me ask yourself...Are we really going to walk away from the world's third largest oil reserves with gas at 4 bucks a gallon?

Posted by: Werd | July 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he keeps sacking his people. Is Black out as well?

McCain is following in Hillary's footsteps, or should I say missteps?

"I have the experience needed to be President" and then proves it by running a bungled, mixed-message, shifting staff around type of campaign that lacks cohesion, gets no traction, and attempting to win by instilling fear of Obama.

McCain will follow Hillary in trying to paint Obama with whatever increases his negatives, but only managing to increase his own.

I still can't believe it, but its true. He hired the swiftboaters to go after Wesley Clark. Why isn't that news worthy?

Posted by: Mike in Sac | July 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like McCain is abandoning any attempt at a grassroots/guerrilla style campaign and going for the traditional, heirarchical approach. Tightly managed, tightly controlled, with everyone and everything on point.

It sure worked for Bush. However, the Senator should have considered that perhaps this is how Bush became so detached from reality. The Bush campaigns were an exercise in an alternate reality, a place where logic and faith trumped evidence and objectivity. Where George was never wrong, his opponent never right (Hey I just made a funny!) and facts only distracted one from the truth.

Another consideration: can McCain's campaign become as discplined as Rove's "warriors" were? Does Steve have the will of iron & heart of stone possesed by Rove?

We'll see. I suspect that this is being done because it's the only way to drive the campaign into the Pit of Despair (aka the arms of the social conservatives) and have the life sucked out of McCain. In response, McCain will get the money he's not getting now, and a real shot at becoming their meat puppet who will finally appoint the judges that overturn Roe v. Wade.

While his rich constituents angle for the abolition of taxes on unearned income, and a "flat" tax on earned income, businesses hope for the end of health insurance benefits, and polluters are eager to poisons our beautiful country.

Has John McCain sold that last bit of his soul for a shot at the Oval Office?

Look for his fundraising. If he starts bringing in the big bucks, "they" have climbed aboard.

Posted by: DanPatrick | July 2, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

It's not an easy job coaching Magoo. Lots of foreign-sounding names for him to remember, and that other guy sounds awfully smart.

Good luck Steve.

Posted by: Brix | July 2, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

McFlipper
McSame
McBush
McHoover
...if you liked Hoover, you'll love McCain

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

All we need know is grandpa McCain to get angry on stage (hopefully during one of the debates), at maybe the dang 'innerrrnet' or 'a google' or 'teenagers with thar Music Television', and Obama will be set.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | July 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to lose this coming November. His ideas are Bush's outdated ideas...NAFTA: more jobs going oversees...make tax cuts permanent: more tax breaks for the top 10% wealthy...capital gains breaks:more corporate tax breaks....all benefiting the Rich. Same old Bush crap.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be up by 15 points. Instead, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average, he's up by 5.4 % -- barely beyond the margin of error. Too bad the bumbling Obama camp couldn't take advantage of the confusion in the McCain camp, but now their window is closely. Obama had a clean shot at McCain during this period, and he blew it. Instead he stumbled and bumbled around with Rev. Wright. And the bumbling continued this week with Weasely Clark. Again, they shoudl be ahead by at least 15 points. In November, I'm going to party like it's 1988 when Barak Dukakis goes down hard.

Posted by: Richard Head | July 2, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

McFlipper will change his mind again next week. If he can remember what the he11 he was thinking.

Posted by: Boston | July 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

who is steve schmidt?

that little detail would go along way to making this article useful to me.

Posted by: geoff | July 2, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

This shake-up is bringing to the fore the people who brought us the Bush/Chaney re-election campaign. This means that McCain will be tied ever more closely to the failed administration of Bush and his cowboy cohort. This is phenomenally good news for Obama.

Now all McCain needs to do is find a rationale for his campaign. So far its sole reason for being is to prolong the Bush administration's stranglehold on our nation. We don't need the breezily stupid Bush and we certainly don't need his dangerously inept surrogate, McCain.

Posted by: dee | July 2, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

THE PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY JAILHOUSE MURDER FINALLY WILL EXPOSE THE WAVE OF ORGANIZED, OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED "VIGILANTE JUSTICE" THAT IS DECIMATING THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA.

CITIZENS (INCLUDING JOURNALISTS) ARE BEING UNJUSTLY TARGETED, SCAPEGOATED AND PERSECUTED IN COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE.

IT'S CALLED "ORGANIZED VIGILANTE STALKING" (A/K/A "GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING"), AND IT'S A 21ST CENTURY KKK.

Why hasn't the mainstream media "connected the dots"? A frightening mosaic has nullified the rule of law and the constitutional right of due process under the law. Human rights abuses are taking place in cities and towns across America.

People are being targeted for ruin--financially, socially and physically--by an organized campaign of vigilantism that some victims believe is funded and supported by multiple levels of government, perhaps using citizen "watch" and volunteer programs as a front for extra-legal vigilantism.

The phenomenon, which is about to break through to the mainstream media, is commonly known as "gang stalking" and "community stalking." But that nomenclature tends to trivialize the issue.

This is a re-emergence of the KKK, the Stazi and the Gestapo. It is mob rule seemingly coordinated and condoned by rogue elements within the power structure.

This link explains it, and contains sublinks to additional information:

http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21

Those who raise this issue find that their computer connections are subject to interruption and tampering. Their ability to freely communicate is severely circumscribed. Careers are ruined, reputations are slandered, and the physical well-being of targeted individuals is placed in serious jeopardy. Here is another link that explains how this is being done:

http://www.usenet-replayer.com/faq/alt.abuse.recovery.html

I am an investigative/business reporter/producer who has worked for major newspapers, TV stations and magazines. I had my own TV show in the metro New York market for six years. Perhaps not coincidentally, the show ended just as I began to realize that I was being methodically and destructively gang-stalked. It's been going on for more than four years. I have tried to seek redress by going through official channels, to no avail. I'm a Phi Beta Kappa, but it wasn't until I read and researched the many web sites on the subject that I began to realize what was happening --- and that others are being similarly afflicted.

I have contacted media outlets, but I find that there is a concerted effort to destroy my credibility, and I believe that has affected my ability to get this story told. I was part of "major media" for many years, and I can now report that the mainstream media is highly vulnerable to intimidation, manipulation and rumor-mongering. I post this message at some personal risk to myself and to my family; but I cannot remain silent and solely rely on "the system" any longer. The system isn't working.

My name is Victor Livingston and I live in Bucks County, PA. My telephone number is (215) 295-0852, and my email address is scrivener50@verizon.net. But my email is erratic and I can't rely on the privacy or even the veracity of electronic communications. I fear that my identity has been stolen and that I have been set up by the rogue elements that have tolerated this extra-legal conduct.

Federal law enforcement is aware of my situation; I hold out hope that officials under the authority of the Justice Department are working behind the scenes to curb the abuses. I have officially requested a civil rights investigation into what has been happening to me, but to no avail. I have tried to contact my Congressman, Patrick Murphy, but those efforts have been unsuccessful thus far.

If you are a fellow journalist, please investigate this under-the-radar abuse of power in your own community; odds are, it's going on in your own backyard.

And if you know or work with Sy Hersh or Bob Woodward, please send them this post.

Posted by: scrivener | July 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Beretta seems to embody the McCain Campaign's Platform: Attack Obama because John McCain has no new ideas.

We'll see how that works for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The McCain's campaign has no message, period. And McCain is a crassly ignorant old fool who cannot figure out Sudan from Somalia, or Sunni from Shiite. Also, someone should inform McCain that whatever he says in public is immediately recorded for posterity. So, he should just stop pretending that he never uttered X, Y, or Z, or that he was quoted out of context. Americans are not deaf, nor are they quite as dumb and blind as the GOPers would hope.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The only thing McLame has in common with a maverick is that McLame is a horse's a$s.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It will be difficult for anyone to craft a winning message for Senator McCain. He needs a message that will not alienate the conservatives who are already wary of him, but will also keep the votes of those who are attracted to his independent streak.

http://politicswithagrin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: KF | July 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Still not sure that this will work logistically. The article states that "Schmidt would no longer be a constant presence on the campaign trail" but it was my understanding from a source inside the campaign that Schmidt was the one tasked with propping McCain upright and moving his head to make it appear that he is still alive.

Posted by: Bernie | July 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain being qualified for President because of being a POW, is like someone being qualified for being a big city mayor because he was mugged on the street.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The headliner late today was the request or submission to Joints Chief of Staff ADM Mullen for more troopers in Afghanistan. The response was because of Iraqi committment, no troops available..no combat BDE´s due to current Iraqi situation.

First and foremost, the Iraq war was a war that did not have to be. We all know now the decision to strike Iraq was based on false information..either intentionally or by just plan neglect..and, yes, most of those folks are still in or near the WhiteHouse.

The Bush ¨fool¨is responsible for the horrific mess we are in now. And, to those families who lost loved one...who did not have to die or be injured..what does Bush say to them..

I and others hope the faceless souls of those Americans who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan based on neglect of policy, both strategic and tactical..of those who will never see their families again..haunt Bush and Cheney for the rest of their collective days...

Posted by: LTC US Army | July 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

McLame flip-flopped on torture.

After he said he would never compromise.

McLame has NO integrity.

He is not fit to serve as President.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Shakeup in the McCain Camp? Merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic... you're going down inflames this November John. Folks want real change in Washington, and you ain't it.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I question McCain's decision to continue as a POW. Pilots are tremendously valuable, and we're all aware that anyone can be tortured into saying anything. So he should have done the responsible thing and left as quickly as the North Vietnamese would release him.

Regardless of McCain's pride, America needed its pilot and its secrets back as fast and as safe as possible.

Posted by: Kacoo | July 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are running scared like the cowards they are.

They cowardly use fear as a tool to sway the public.

They cowardly support the use of torture.

They cowardly hide the truth from the public.

They should repaint Dumbo with a Yellow stripe down his back, for their new logo.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr Flip Flop McCain even has to Flip Flop his campaign leadership!

It's a lot easier to bring in new people then try to explain all the McCain policy flip flops to the old ones.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It would be better for all concerned, including the Senator himself, if he retired from the campaign for health reasons or somesuch. Wesley Clarke, the "Little General," treats him to a vile, personal attack and he wimps out. And Obama is claiming the Republicans are playing dirty! It's time we got a real Republican candidate.

Posted by: Alphonso Richardson. | July 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"People are worried about the economy. And they should be worried about McCain: does he really think he can keep denying the truth?

Posted by: JR, Boston"

Seems to work for Obamasiah

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

His message needs to be that Obamasiah is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
McCain 08

Posted by: Beretta | July 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Schmidt better not shake things up too much or else McGeezer might get motion sickness and puke all over himself.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | July 2, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Elect Bushco III !!!

Oh... wait a sec.. er.. maybe not.

I know! GET KARL ROVE!

Oh.. um.. wait a sec he's toxic... maybe not.

OH! I know! Let's tout the accomplishments in the war... on... Terro... Dang.

OK Call HAGee..e... Damn.

Aww damnit there's nothing good to twist into a positive here!

OK - Dick Cheney for VP!

Posted by: JBE | July 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Some sort of directional shift was necessary in what has become a stagnant and discombobulated campaign. McCain should have never gone to Colombia, for instance.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Schmidt has his hands full.

When MoveOne, or whomever, runs an ad with video of McCain denying that he doesn't have economic expertise, then video of McCain admitting it, then denying it, that is going to be the ultimate flip-flop.

People are worried about the economy. And they should be worried about McCain: does he really think he can keep denying the truth?

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"..forget about torture.."

What an idiot, just a complete limp ass.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

First the McLame people criticize the national polls, and then they shake up their organization. Further proof that even they know they're in deep trouble.

Posted by: Playa | July 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to see the two posts below from McCain trying to learn how to use a computer.

Clearly this new leadership will make america forget about torture, war, the failing economy, and skyrocketing gas prices.

Posted by: Franky | July 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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