If you can’t run a campaign – how can you run the country?
Ed Rollins, if you don’t know who he is, is a former Reagan Political Director – so now we have that under the belt…
He quite rightly says, McCain’s campaign is in disarray. Palin saying this and that – McCain completely looking vacant and what message is he saying?
The adverts are, well – I dunno, vague?
Rollins also says that the McCain camp managers are running a repeat of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the primaries. I have to disagree – although Rollins make some valid points – the McCain campaign is far, far worse.
There have been at least three major managerial changes or overthrows in the past 18 months.
The first was the Rick Davis/John Weaver battle. Weaver and Mike Murphy, one of the best media strategists in the business, were the key players in the 2000 McCain effort and Weaver was the political guru who guided McCain’s efforts since then. Davis, with a major assist from Cindy McCain and his former lobbying partner, Charlie Black, ousted Weaver.
Davis and Black, who masterminded Bob Dole’s unsuccessful 1996 campaign and Phil Gramm’s aborted presidential effort before that, are super lobbyists, and they opened the doors to their K Street allies.
Davis was then replaced — in reality if not in title — by Steve Schmidt, part of Karl Rove’s operation. Schmidt is a first-rate tactician but new to McCain’s world, and he still shares power with Black and Davis. This campaign would have been a much different operation if Weaver and Murphy had been brought back; but that was never going to happen with Davis and Black.
In the end, it’s not relevant who holds what title in the McCain operation, because it is not being run by campaign professionals, but by the Washington lobbying class.
So as we look at that we also have see that the ramshackle government McCain would bring to the Head Office of US politics. Rather than a steady ship that the US needs now – he would be not unlike a Roman Caesar forever watching his back and not getting on with the job. And that job is about the US economy over the next, at least, 18 months.
What McCain and his campaign need to understand is that whatever happened in the past is no longer relevant. James Carville’s famous slogan in Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory over the first Bush: “It’s the economy stupid!” can now be replaced with “You morons, what have you done with my money, my life and my kids’ future?”
If John McCain wants anyone to pay attention to him in the last three weeks of this campaign, he must address those concerns.
When a Republican strategist like Ed Rollins comes out and says things like this – you know that the McCain camp is falling apart at the seems.
But the other problem with that quote is that McCain and his managers have avoided the economy like the plague! And the reason for that is simple – even though it is denied vociferously by McCain – the policies that McCain does have are the same policies that Bush has used for the last eight years. And look where that got the US.
Let Palin do those tough interviews – although I can’t see anyone at all, other than the religious right, taking any notice now. She is a crackpot and it is showing each time she says something – even her ‘new’ crusade re: abortion. SHE may think the things she does – but McCain neither supports her or just won’t come out and say that he does. Why not? She is his running mate – they should be on the same page – so we can only assume that McCain does support Palin because he doesn’t say anything – if he doesn’t support her stance tell her to say what he thinks.
The Republican, religious base is John McCain’s – no one is deniying that – but it is all those other American voters he must speak to – and if he does, I truly believe they will not like what he has to say.