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Shakeup in McCain Campaign

The news that Steve Schmidt will take over the day-to-day operations of John McCain's presidential campaign represent the result of several months of carping within the campaign and among the broader Republican chattering class about the direction of the Arizona Republican's bid.

Schmidt will take over "full operational control" of the campaign, according to a source familiar with operation. Schmidt will continue to report to current campaign manager Rick Davis, who will handle the campaign's finance team -- as he did in McCain's 2000 presidential bid -- and oversee the planning and execution of the Republican National Convention.

Sources within the campaign cast the move, which was announced to McCain's staff this morning, as the logical next step for Schmidt who was moved off the road and into the campaign headquarters earlier this month in order to bring more cohesion and organization to the McCain operation.

In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has come under considerable fire among Republican observers for its seeming lack of direction.

The chatter grew considerably in the wake of McCain's disastrous speech on June 3 -- the final night of the Democratic primary race -- in which he stood in front of a pea green backdrop and gave a speech aimed at framing the general election to a sparse and generally unenthusiastic crowd.

The contrast between the low quality production values of McCain's speech and the perfectly-turned event put together by Barack Obama's team at the Xcel Center in Minnesota was apparent to even the most casual political observer and set off fears among high-level Republicans that the Arizona Senator's campaign was simply not ready for prime time.

McCain's decision to head to Colombia and Mexico during July 4th week has also been roundly panned; the Post's own Dan Balz wrote a piece today that begins: "Why is John McCain in Colombia?"

The decision to give Schmidt the controls of the McCain campaign is likely to be greeted with relief by many within the Republican operative world. Schmidt is a veteran of the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush where he earned a reputation as a stern task master who was adept at managing the moving parts of a presidential campaign. From the Bush race, Schmidt relocated to California where he took over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (Calif.) flailing re-election bid and guided the Governator to an easy victory in the fall of 2006.

Schmidt attached himself to McCain's campaign in the early days of the 2008 presidential race -- as did many other former Bushies -- but, when the operation imploded last fall, decided to stick it out with McCain.

That decision paid off as McCain made a remarkable comeback to capture the Republican nomination and Schmidt's influence within the campaign and with the candidate increased by the day.

Although Schmidt is widely regarded as among the top strategists in the party, some senior party officials expressed skepticism that even he could turn around the McCain operation.

Several senior party strategist suggested that the roots of this shakeup are exactly the same as those which led McCain to part ways with longtime adviser John Weaver and campaign manager Terry Nelson last summer. Those roots? That McCain refuses to put a single person in charge, preferring a group of people -- at times rivals -- to offer a variety of opinions from which he can pick and choose.

"This is not about Schmidt or Davis," said the source. "This is really about how McCain runs his campaign and what it means for him if he was to become president of the United States."

A former McCain operative asked: "Who's really in charge? At the end of the day, campaigns have to be benevolent dictatorships."

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
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Hey Mr. Schmidt, first task, Team McCain needs to tap Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as Veep (sooner before Obama makes his pick first)!

Posted by: Ted | July 3, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Voters have already tuned McCain out. He can hire God as his campaign manager and it won't make a difference....

Posted by: Rick J | July 3, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

Voters have already tuned McCain out. He can hire God as his campaign manager and it won't make a difference....

Posted by: Rick J | July 3, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

dAve: I am just as offended by what is being done to McCain right now as I was when Kerry got Swift Boated and I hope all Americans feel like I do. To belittle a man's military career when the evidence is otherwise is despicable and unworthy of a political campaign. McCain served his country well and is at least as qualified as Obama to be POTUS. For that matter, the only qualifications that I know are that you are a born American and are at least 35 years old. Both candidates meet those qualifications.

Posted by: Opa | July 3, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

"I have witnessed incidents where he has used profanity at colleagues and
exploded at colleagues," said former Senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire
Republican who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee and on
Republican policy committees. "He would disagree about something and then
explode. It was incidents of irrational behavior. We've all had incidents where
we have gotten angry, but I've never seen anyone act like that."


McCain's outbursts often erupted when other members rebuffed his requests for support during his bid in 2000 for the Republican nomination for president. A former Senate staffer recalled what happened when McCain asked for support from a fellow Republican senator on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.


"The senator explained that he had already committed to support George Bush,"
the former Senate staffer said. "McCain said 'f-- you' and never spoke to him
again."
"He had very few friends in the Senate," said former Senator Smith, who dealt
with McCain almost daily. "He has a lot of support around the country, but I
don't think he has a lot of support from people who know him well."


Another former senator who requested anonymity recalled an exchange at a Republican policy lunch. McCain turned on another senator who disagreed with him.

"McCain used the f-word," the former senator said. "McCain called the guy a 'sh-head.' The senator demanded an apology. McCain stood up and said, 'I apologize, but you're still a sh-head.' That was in front of 40 to 50 Republican senators. That sort of thing happened frequently."

"People who disagree with him get the f-- you," said former Rep. John LeBoutillier, a New York Republican who had an encounter with McCain when he was on a POW task force in the House. After LeBoutillier had openly tape recorded comments at a conference, McCain got the idea that LeBoutillier was secretly tape recording him.


"Are you wired up?" LeBoutillier quoted McCain as asking. "Of course not,"
LeBoutillier said.

"Prove it," McCain said.

LeBoutillier said he lowered his pants, apparently satisfying McCain that he was not taping him.


"He is a vicious person," LeBoutillier said. "Nearly all the Republican senators endorsed Bush because they knew McCain from serving with him in the Senate. They so disliked him that they wouldn't support him. They have been on the hard end of his behavior."


Posted by: McCain -- character | July 3, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick and a dress on a pig, but he's still a Republican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: majorteddy | July 3, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

At first I though he hired the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins, but then I realized that he hired the hack that attacked him in the most outlandish, racist way in 2000.

I bet he starts calling folks and asking them if they know that Obama has fathered TWO black children.

McCain is such a maverick...okay George. (Mice & Men and Little Bush)

Posted by: Billy Pilgrim | July 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't work like that. You have to examine what you have and make a decision. The fact is, even if you are a bigot, hate his wife, hate his reverend Write, you still have to vote for Obama. If he isn't effective we can vote him out in four years but the damage that could be done by Mccain can not be risked. The blame lies with Clinton. Her coronation was supposedly so certain and they bullied others not to run against her her and Obama was all that was left in the field. He turned out to be an amazing campaigner and won the nomination. I know Hillary supporters will say otherwise but many of those 18 million votes she got was early in the primaries before anyone even knew Obama. If it was done over it would have been more like. 21 mill to 15 mill Obama. He would swamp her. Obama is a very good candidate and will make a fine president. Mccain is just Bush again and maybe even more dangerous. He wants to start a war with Iran. Are you ready for $12.00 a gallon gas or more, vote for Mccain. Obama can't bring down prices, no one can in any short term, but he can stabilize them as we learn how to deal with them and work towards independence. Mccain could sink our economy all together and for decades to come. You have children? Take a good look at them because they will be dying in Iran if Mccain is elected, he himself has said things that all but guarantee it.

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So I demand a REDO of the whole 2008 Primary Elections and we must dump both
Democrat Messiah Rock Star Empty Suit Loser
Barack Hussein Obama and Republican Loser
Amendsty John McCain and start all over
again! God McCain and Obama both Suck!

Posted by: Sandy 5274 | July 2, 2008 8:42 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

So I demand a REDO of the whole 2008 Primary Elections and we must dump both
Democrat Messiah Rock Star Empty Suit Loser
Barack Hussein Obama and Republican Loser
Amendsty John McCain and start all over
again! God McCain and Obama both Suck!

Posted by: Sandy 5274 | July 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....an iceberg called CHANGE has suddenly appeared, and McCain is too old and his ideas are too old to swerve out of it's way....

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse


The MORE SALIENT POINT
of course, is that

the McCain's campaign is now clearly Bush III. Same people, same policy, same ugly conservative theology, same war mongering.

Just an older guy on stage. A very old guy.

Laugh when you say maverick, so people'll know you're kidding.

Posted by: Larry | July 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this Steve Schmidt the same Steve Schmidt who used to be the mayor of West Hollywood?

Posted by: jamesincalifornia | July 2, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Mccain has never been in charge of anything. His family took care of him when he was young. His military career was a farce and he got by on his family name. Anyone else would have been thrown out of the naval academy with his record. He has lived off his wife, she even bought him his political career. As soon as you see him try do do anything on his own he is a first class screw up. Just use your imagination what kind of president he would make. He would be doing polls before even making a decision and then have to ask someone else what to do. He is a completely incompetent man in every aspect of his life his whole life. Next to maybe Bush, he may be one of the most incompetent presidential candidates in recent history.

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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 6:45 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:05 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 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I think from now on Mccain should be referred to as:

Mr John, 894, Mccain

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

BadgerOne wrote:

"I'm glad we've basically agreed that McCain's Vietnam experience did provide a solid foundation for a presidential candidate. And it was gratifying to see that many Democrats came to his support....It's difficult to relate to anyone who would denigrate those qualifies and imply they are insignificant."
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Are you a Republican?

Were you soooo offended when Kerry's service was being belittled and denigrated, mocked and dismissed? And just because he ultimately came to the correct conclusion about the war does not make his service any less important.

Republicans have ZERO room to be offended now, and if you have so much difficulty relating to anyone who would denigrate those qualifies and imply they are insignificant, did you vote for Bush? How can you justify that?

Posted by: dAVE | July 2, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Take that with the totality of the rest of Mccains unremarkable to even disgraceful military Career and it is a conversation I don't think the Mccain people really what to be having. The word average would be exemplary to Mccain based on his record. This guys record has to be brought out at some point. He should not be allowed to run on this silly hero crap any longer,

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I'm glad we've basically agreed that McCain's Vietnam experience did provide a solid foundation for a presidential candidate. And it was gratifying to see that many Democrats came to his support. McCain's courage, his love of country, his sense of duty to country, his loyalty to fellow American prisoners, and his personal/mental strength and patriotism while withstanding mental and physical challenges few of us can imagine are all facets of one's character that make him more qualified for the presidency. It's difficult to relate to anyone who would denigrate those qualifies and imply they are insignificant. Who are these people? Well, at least some of us find those personal attributes admirable.
Posted by: BadgerOne | July 2, 2008 6:12 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

'I'm glad we've basically agreed that McCain's Vietnam experience did provide a solid foundation for a presidential candidate.'

WE did?

If I read these posts correctly the past few days, WE must be a mjaority of one.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I have player professional and I can tell you, you don't learn how to play the game after it has started. If you don't know what you are doing it is already too late. Mccain has no organization at all to speak of. Obama has thousands of workers organized and on the ground all over the country and has since January. There were over 3000 of them in Florida just last week. Mccain is involved in such a game of catch up and obviously has no idea what he is doing it will be a miracle if he wins.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-flbobama0614sbjun14,0,4104965.story

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Never too early to start practicing lining up the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. McCain needs someone who can straighten him out. To date, it seems like he is engaged in throwing sh** up against the wall of public opinion and seeing what sticks. Obama's clear organizational strengths are going to snowball and bury McCain if he doesnt get his organization right

Posted by: nclwtk | July 2, 2008 6:04 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad we've basically agreed that McCain's Vietnam experience did provide a solid foundation for a presidential candidate. And it was gratifying to see that many Democrats came to his support. McCain's courage, his love of country, his sense of duty to country, his loyalty to fellow American prisoners, and his personal/mental strength and patriotism while withstanding mental and physical challenges few of us can imagine are all facets of one's character that make him more qualified for the presidency. It's difficult to relate to anyone who would denigrate those qualifies and imply they are insignificant. Who are these people? Well, at least some of us find those personal attributes admirable.

Posted by: BadgerOne | July 2, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Never too early to start practicing lining up the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. McCain needs someone who can straighten him out. To date, it seems like he is engaged in throwing sh** up against the wall of public opinion and seeing what sticks. Obama's clear organizational strengths are going to snowball and bury McCain if he doesnt get his organization right

Posted by: nclwtk | July 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

You know the interesting thing about the story, Mccain who is the candidate has nothing to do with it. He is little more then a puppet candidate who has nothing to say about anything. One day it's one message the next day something different. He just does what he is told. I am sorry to say that would be the case if by some miracle he was elected. Nothing more then a puppet with the strings help by whoever is behind the scenes. Mccain doesn't even have a thing to say about his own campaign. I am sure he heard about this just like the rest of the campaign workers. Mccain doesn't have a clue.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse


2 words:

HA HA!

Posted by: dAVE | July 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

No one was counting Mccain out, he was just running a very bad campaign same as he is doing now. He just out lasted a bunch of other losers even more inept then Mccain. Mccain is just the throw away candidate in an election they know they can't win. He is the sacrificial lamb. Mccain is a political joke, he always has been. Just look at what his own party thought of him in 2000. They even went after his drug addicted wife who was also a thief stealing from her own foundation. His own party tore him apart. The republicans have no respect for Mccain one bit. Now they have an election they can't win and who would want to be the Republican candidate under those circumstances so loser Mccain is thrown on the fire. There is not even a republican other then Joe Lieberman, Mccains personal Jew on a string, who will even campaign for him. No one wants the stink of Mccain to rub off on them.

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To the critics of John McCain:
Remember when you counted him out one year ago when he was in the middle of another campaign shake-up? The road to the White House is nothing less than a marathon, and any candidate must reevaluate his race strategy along the way, particularly as we near the final stretch. I expect McCain to reemerge after the 4th as a candidate who runs on a message of reform, experience and a proven record of working across the aisle in these times of polarized politics. I dare his detractors to rule him out once more when he's well-positioned to close the deal and expose Obama for the also-ran he is!

Posted by: buckybacker97 | July 2, 2008 5:05 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

As bad of a campaign that McCain is supposedly running, he's not doing too badly in the polls. Like 5% behind Obama.

I can't say I'm too optimistic about this election. After seeing that this country managed to screw up so badly in 2004, I wouldn't be surprised if it happened again this fall either. I don't think any election result would surprise me again.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This is not about Schmidt or Davis," said the source. "This is really about how McCain runs his campaign and what it means for him if he was to become president of the United States."


So it really is about McCain and his achieving the presidency....the public all 300 million of us just revolve around his world

Posted by: Kevin | July 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Campaign Diaries updated its electoral college rating and finds Obama solidifying his base, though his edge narrows. Full details: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/02/3rd-electoral-ratings/

Posted by: Dan | July 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

McSame's best chance lies in adopting the Democratic platform!

Posted by: rick | July 2, 2008 5:45 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 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 of unconstitutional abuses has nullified the rule of law and the right of due process under the law. Human rights violations 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 harassment and persecution.

The phenomenon, which is starting 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 telecom connections are subject to surveillance, 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 happening:

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.

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. In the words of John Dean, it's worse than Watergate.

Posted by: scrivener | July 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Putting lipstick on the pig, i.e., the campaign, won't make any difference. No matter how you cut it, it's still Bush lite all the way -- perhaps, now, Bush heavy.

Posted by: Diogenes | July 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The latest shakeup in the McCain camp raises serious doubts about the kind of president he would make. He appears to be incapable of surrounding himself with strong, effective, imaginative, and talented professionals. Rather, McCain relies on self-absorbed party hacks, high-priced lobbyists, and Bush/Chaney hachetmen with ideas copied from the 2004 Rove handbook.

McCain's inability to steer this aimless campaign gives us a clear idea of how he would select his cabinet and run his administration. We cannot afford to let McCain get his hands on our nation.

Posted by: dee | July 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What a stunning contrast between the two candidates this Fourth of July week: McCain goes on a scattered walk-about to Colombia and Mexico for no apparent reason. Obama delivers a stirring speech on patriotism followed by another today which provided a thorough description of what his administration would ask of us in the way of national service. Obama defines patriotism not as sticking another flag on your front lawn but in offering meaningful service to the greater good of our nation.

This one-two punch of high idealism complemented by practical solutions is the winning combination that Obama has been delivering for over one year now.

Poor misguided and befuddled McCain will finally discover the meaning and purpose of his campaign sometime around December 1, 2008, I think.

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

The McCain camp definitely needs a shakeup. Whoever is in charge of the campaign needs to hear the supporters who are trying to contact them on the issues. There have been alot of bad decisions on strategy and some policy issues that need clarification.

Obama has run a vocally good campaign but has made some major mistakes that weren't jumped on properly. There is no substance in Obama's issues and McCain's people need to bring that to the forefront in an intelligent manner. Intelligent may not be possible for the crew that's been running the show.

Posted by: Capt Howard | July 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

To the critics of John McCain:
Remember when you counted him out one year ago when he was in the middle of another campaign shake-up? The road to the White House is nothing less than a marathon, and any candidate must reevaluate his race strategy along the way, particularly as we near the final stretch. I expect McCain to reemerge after the 4th as a candidate who runs on a message of reform, experience and a proven record of working across the aisle in these times of polarized politics. I dare his detractors to rule him out once more when he's well-positioned to close the deal and expose Obama for the also-ran he is!

Posted by: buckybacker97 | July 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Modern Whig: July 2, 2008 1:30PM

Very interesting post. I went to the website and was quite impressed. Expect a new member.

Posted by: Capt Howard | July 2, 2008 5:01 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 itself 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 4:55 PM | Report abuse

response to: (Roofelstoon | July 2, 2008 4:19 PM)

Agreed. His tactics would have been more effective a few decades ago. It reminds me of Bush Jr. referring to the "InternetS." While it was an honest, uh, mistake, it was also very telling.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

How ironic that the 4th of July is approaching. I'd bet big bucks that George Washington would roll over in his grave if he saw what the Republican party is doing to America. From shipping good American jobs abroad, to attempting to invalidate the U.S. Constitution, the GOP is only interested making the rich richer, and pandering to radical rightwingers. Pundits are scratching their heads about why Obama is consistently showing a double-digit over McCain. The Cook Report has the prez. election as a toss-up, which is about right. If Obama can keep moving to the middle on certain issues, he will certainly boost his draw of Independents and the dwindling number of centrist Repubs. The bottom line is that if he can make the electoral college map look more like '92, it's his election to lose. McCain essentially won the GOP nomination by default - Guiliani, Romney and Huckleberry each had too much baggage to deal with.

Posted by: Dr. Don Key | July 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Mccain has a campaign?

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

It's about time. The campaign has made some real basic mistakes lately with endorsements, etc. There's seems to be lots of confusion. A lot of these thinks are strategic and you can't make strategic decisions by committee. Somebody has to have a big-picture vision to make a campaign work. Otherwise, you get the incoherent mess we've been seeing.

Posted by: Allen | July 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Everything else aside, it makes one wonder whether McShame is ready to run the country if he can't run a presidential campaign.

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

Please wake David (Rip Van winke) Broder up and let him know this happened. PS. He is sleeping on the bus.

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

Well, it's nice to know that McCain is hiring a man who realizes that this week is the Fourth of July.

Is there any doubt that the candidates should be focused on domestic issues this week? Shouldn't the candidate have realized that on his own?!?

I find it ironic that he is hiring a Bush/Cheney man, especially when he is criticized as being too close to the current administration.

Maybe that's the only way McCain can find to keep his speeches and press conferences from having lower production value than home video of a garage band.

New ad copy: McCain's World, McCain's world! Party time! Excellent!"

Oh brother.
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http://ilfamilypolitics.blogspot.com

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

Modern Whig, I think McCain is gonna have his hands full with Barr's candidancy as a libertarian candidate. If he can pull 3-5% in some key states then McCain is even more of a hole then he was to begin with. And with Nader making veiled racial comments his chances of effecting the election are none to less then none. Looks like the third party bug is gonna bite the GOP in rear this time. What goes around comes around I guess.

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

Schmidt was a major operative in designing the Bush/Chaney campaign of 2004. So it is great to see that McCain is underlining the similarities between himself and Bush. Those who argue that McCain will be running for a third Bush term now have yet another point to strengthen their case.

Posted by: dee | July 2, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Deck chairs. Titanic. Nuff said.

Posted by: Spectator2 | July 2, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

A former McCain operative asked: "Who's really in charge? At the end of the day, campaigns have to be benevolent dictatorships." Nice to see McCain's own operatives diss democracy.

'benevolent dictatorship'...that's what Americans gonna get if this McStupid ever gets to be president.

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

:)

I was taking a loosely-based angle with my shilling for the Modern Whig Party (http://www.modernwhig.org) on the basis that members of the military -- a group supposedly in step with McCain -- are looking to bolt from the GOP and would rather jump in the middle between GOP and Dems. To go a step further, missteps with the McCain campaign such as this posting show that he or his campaign are not inspiring the people who should be inspired.

Posted by: Modern Whig | July 2, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Steve Schmidt is that big scary bald dude who says "dahh" and "ummm" and hems and haws every time he's out on TV stumping for McCain? Brilliant move.

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

This move is another sign of why Obama is going to win. If the campaign is a mirror of how the white house would run. McCain is basically switching his chief of staff in the middle of his first 100 days. Not a good sign if you ask me.

BTW Modern Whig,
John McCain use to be a member of the original Whig party so I guess your post isn't totally off the wall :-).

Posted by: Andy R | July 2, 2008 2:29 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 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you can teach old dogs new tricks. Looks like McC is learning from the chaos of the Penn/Wolfson management of HRC's campaign.

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

Thanks, Fix. Since Hillary gave up the ghost a month ago, I have been in withdrawal, jonesing for daily stories about campaign shipwrecks. Now that I know the McTitanic is drifting without a rudder, the good feelings have returned.

I can not wait to read more about the McDukakis/McDole campaign.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 2, 2008 1:42 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 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to inform you of a political movement that continues to catch on, particularly within the military ranks. The Modern Whig Party currently has about 6,000 members, the majority of whom are affiliated with the military. This is a moderate organization that cherry picks between traditionally GOP issues and Dem issues. A major grassroots campaign continues to grow in many states. The group is using its status with the military as an avenue for mainstream credibility and I believe it can do what Unity08 failed to do because this group is moving very deliberately and gradually so as not to become marginalized later on. A recent email also was sent to the membership relating to novel, realistic and bold tactics/strategy to take the group to the next level without being deluded or self-important. It also has an executive committee based in Washington, DC. A recent Army Times article also did a large feature on the organization and how it is starting to catch on and also how the Pentagon is monitoring its growth. The Web site is http://www.modernwhig.org. Thanks for hearing me out.

Posted by: Modern Whig | July 2, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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