July 10, 2007

McCain Campaign Is Bleeding Talent Left And Right

Campaign Manager and Chief Strategist...both gone.

Co-Author of his books...gone.

Money doesn't mean you're going to win, but over the long haul it's the life-blood of a Presidential campaign. And Ron Paul has more cash on hand than the former front-runner for the GOP nomination. Yikes! If you can't pay your people, they see the hand-writing on the wall.

And it looks like Ol' Fred is positioning himself to pick up the pieces.

From Ben Smith's column at The Politico:

[John} Weaver is a Texan who worked on Phil Gramm’s failed 1996 campaign and masterminded McCain’s legendary 2000 insurgency.

The campaign manager, Terry Nelson, also resigned. Nelson was the national political director of Bush-Cheney 2004, and provided McCain a priceless link to the turnout machine that brought President Bush victories in both the popular and electoral votes.

A Republican operative who knows the campaign well said that a week ago, the senator still could have been the nominee and someone would have been crazy to call his campaign dead. “I’m not sure I believe that anymore,” the insider said. “This is a momentous event. The campaign could dissolve pretty quickly. A lot of people will leave the campaign. A lot of people are there because they love Senator McCain and Terry and John hired them. A lot of financial support will also dry up."

This is not pleasant to watch, but then not much in politics usually is.

Posted by Gary at July 10, 2007 12:18 PM | TrackBack

Dead man running.

Posted by: Hucbald at July 10, 2007 02:56 PM

This is not pleasant to watch

I must disagree. On second thought, there's no "must" about it; I take pleasure in disagreeing. I find McCain to be an exceptionally contemptible specimen of a generally contemptible breed -- career politicians -- and I will enjoy watching him crash and burn.

Posted by: wolfwalker at July 10, 2007 09:54 PM