Five McCain Press Aides Quit

Is it time to stick the fork in yet? Looks like it's getting closer, according to ABC News.

On Monday, five McCain press aides -- including his three top communications officials -- quit en masse, just days after the campaign lost its chief strategist and campaign manager among dozens of aides being shed as part of aggressive cost-cutting measures.

The aides to resign -- communications director Brian Jones, deputy communications directors Danny Diaz and Matt David, and press aides Adam Temple and Amanda Hennenberg -- all agreed to stay on a few extra days out of loyalty to McCain, and helped him set up his weekend trip to New Hampshire.

Reasons given by the aides were loyalty to the campaign manager McCain replaced last week. But, there was also grumbling about why he bothered to have a national communications staff when he only appears to be running in three states -- New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina.

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    Cut and Run, No Surge, Eventual Withdrawal (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by john horse on Tue Jul 17, 2007 at 06:18:28 AM EST
    What has sunk Senator McCain has been his stubborn support for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.    

    Like Iraq, McCain's quest for the Presidency is doomed.  Despie his efforts to cut (his staff) and run (for President) I see no evidence of a surge (in popularity).  It is only a matter of time before we see a withdrawal.

    Great guy, bad canidate. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Slado on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 11:20:55 AM EST
    Don't know if it's an indictment on him as a canidate or the system in general.

    He is unfortunately a great republican on some issues and not so great on others.  He's taken a strong position on the war that's hurt him with independents and some republicans and a strong position on campaign finance and immigration that's turned off the rest.

    BTD do you feel this is specific of McCain or a sign that no canidate can win a primary without playing strictly to the base?  Republican or Democrat?

    Pretty early out this morning, Slado? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 11:37:23 AM EST
    Reasons given by the aides were loyalty to the campaign manager McCain replaced last week.
    And the post was written by Jeralyn, not BTD.

    Have some more coffee.


    Oops (none / 0) (#7)
    by Slado on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 04:04:58 PM EST
    Sorry Jeralyn.

    My question is to all anyway, just wanted to get the discussion going.

    And yes Edger, not enough coffee.


    Happens to me too. (none / 0) (#8)
    by Edger on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 04:07:29 PM EST
    Who are you anyway? And why did you call me? ;-)

    The base? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Gabriel Malor on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 12:21:44 PM EST
    Slado, I don't even think we're at the point where you can talk about McCain's self-destructing campaign as a primary failure or a failure to play strictly to the base.

    First, we're at least six months off from the primaries and seven and eight months off from the majority of them. That's bad news for McCain. It seems that the longer he's in the spotlight, the greater people's dislike for him. His nation-wide average polling high once all the major candidates had announced was around 26-27% back in February. Since then, he's been on a downward slide. He's now at 12-14%. At that rate he'll hit bottom just in time for the new year. Fortunately we probably won't have to wait that long for him to drop out of the race.

    Second, he really took some hits during the immigration bill debate. Some people disliked him for his support of the bill. Others began to realize what a jerk he is when word of his attrocious treatment of his fellow senators came to light. But the important thing both groups had in common is that their opposition to the immigration bill and its proponents crossed party lines and, more importantly for McCain, crossed intra-party ideologies. This isn't a question of the "base" abandoning him. People of every ideology hated that bill including social cons and paleocons and neocons and even some fiscal cons (not to mention the democrats who opposed it, too).

    Third, this is not unexpected. McCain liked the "maverick" label, but found that it is pretty difficult to be a party maverick and still be the "base's candidate" (setting aside the difficulty of describing just which group constitutes the base).

    Finally, it is unlikely that "failure to play to the base" is the sole reason for McCain's demise. Giuliani has taken positions which depart significantly from that of the party as a whole. That may have some people upset, but he hasn't been punished for it in the polls yet. (According to Rasmussens latest, Giuliani is nationally at 23%.)

    Incidentally, Romney, another candidate who has diverged some from the Republican center (for example check out his Instapundit interview about national healthcare), is just now drawing even with McCain's 12%. The difference between the two is that this represents Romney's national high. (Don't forget that Romney polls significantly higher in important primary states; for example, he is the current leader (28%) in New Hamshire.) Romney's been on the opposite track from McCain; Romney's been trending upwards during all the time that McCain has been trending down.


    He doesn't register in this house (none / 0) (#4)
    by Wile ECoyote on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 01:35:48 PM EST
    His immigration stand is unsat, and McCain-Feingold is unconstitutional IMO.  

    Other than Nixon (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jlvngstn on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 01:50:38 PM EST
    Which US president lost a presidential election and was later elected?  Nothing has changed about his stances on issues, and the american public is not outraged over his view on the war, they are simply acting like most americans, they are bored with the guy who couldn't win before.  

    Much ado about nothing really.  When i see democratic elected party officials leading rallies to end the war i might have an inkling of faith that they care, until then McCain is not posturing politically on this topic, the rest are.

    Nixon (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jlvngstn on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 01:51:31 PM EST
    Sorry, thought I included it in the above, other than Nixon. in recent history say 120 years?