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This is an attempted reboot in a losing scenario. McCain has been all over the lot on the financial crisis. He is a staunch deregulationist, at a moment in history in which it is clear that that approach has failed.
When that salary ended, Davis asked for, and received, a consultant fee from Freddie Mac that payed him $15,000 a month.
Lincoln ran for office during the Civil War. Reagan ran at the height of the Cold War. Bush ran with two wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq. But McCain can't run during a crisis on Wall Street?
Another day, another opportunity for a teevee news anchor to play, and subsequently win, a round of Stump Tucker Bounds!
As a famous conservative pundit once opined, "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."
In a political crisis, Team McCain moves to change the subject and stay away from what may be unfriendly issues and instead switches back to a negative focus on Obama's personality and image.
The absence of clarity around Obama's policy on the present crisis presents opportunity in the Hobbesian media universe. Vagueness can be cast as anything. In this case, probably something bad.
You remember journalists. They were the reporters and analysts who used to make sure that stories were true before they published or went on the air with them.
In my TNR profile of John McCain's then-recently installed chief of campaign operations Steve Schmidt, I briefly alluded to a lowly tactic the message...
Here's what Team McCain is doing, with its advertising and overall messaging, to give the veteran senator a pretty good chance of winning the White House.
So, um, lipstick? Yes, lipstick is the main story of the day; but why? Is it sexist? Is it a diversion? Is it just... lipstick?
It's safe to say that Republicans are downright giddy over their Everymom.
I'm reminded of the strategies of the legendary coach of the 49ers, Bill Walsh -- analyze your opponent. Find a vulnerability. And attack that vulnerability. Ruthlessly and repeatedly.
f Washington's been a swamp since George W. Bush took office in 2000, then McCain's been wading in it with his thigh-high muck-boots.
Karl Rove and his disciples on the McCain campaign are leading us into a trap by making it so easy to focus our fire on Sarah Palin.
Maybe I missed Dobson's press release condemning McCain's effort to court the Log Cabin Republicans. Either that or Dobson is every bit the Pharisee that we believe he is.
In what represents a marked shift from the Republican campaign rhetoric of 2004 - where some George W. Bush advisors stoked anti-gay sentiment in an a...
Palin will throw mud with impunity, then in the tradition of Agnew, Dole and Quayle yell "double standard" and "bias reporting" when she is called on it.
And to think I decided not to go the DNC. "Too boring!" I said to myself. Who knew?
Now, I'm obsessively following the furious debate about Palin an...
The spokespeople have been synchronized. And the tactic is instead of answering questions -- ask them. And when you ask them -- throw in an 'implication bomb.'
In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric last night, John McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt takes Karl Rove to task:
COURIC: I want to get your rea...
The McCain campaign angrily derided the Democratic Party, mainstream media and liberal blogs today for vetting Sarah Palin when the McCain camp's own ...
What a bizarre week for Obama to mount a counter-programming effort. He has the RNC and Hurricanes Gustav and Sarah. It's going pretty well for him -- not that he has all that much to do with it.
John McCain doesn't like that he's lost the change mantle to Barack Obama. We shouldn't expect to see too much more from Team McCain about how inexperienced Senator Obama is.
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