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13 Reasons Why It's, Ah, Palin

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

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.

Obama-Biden Trumps McCain-Rove

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Biden's acceptance speech proved what the citizens of Delaware have known for a long time: Biden is a regular Joe with all-American family values who also happens to be a Senator.

Distract And Detract: McCain Counter-Programs The DNC, And Himself

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Free from the no doubt horrifying responsibility to run positive TV ads during the Olympics, the campaign is back to its all-attack ways.

My Advice To John McCain -- Be John McCain

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

I moved to Tucson seven years ago and I have voted for and supported Senator John McCain since I became an Arizona resident. I got to hear and talk wi...

It's a Three-Man Race: Obama vs The Two McCains

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We all thought it was down to a two-man field. Obama vs. McCain. But it's turned out to be a three-man race: Obama vs the Old, Honorable McCain and his political doppelganger the New, Unprincipled McCain.

When it Comes to Colin Powell, What is Bill Kristol Up To?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Bill Kristol and friends don't want interest-calculating negotiators and balanced, sensible, pragmatic realists like Colin Powell around McCain.

McCain's Olympic Attack Ad and Other TV ADD War Oddities

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

The last week of TV ad wars were really the ADD wars, with both McCain and Obama launching and swapping out TV ads so quickly they couldn't possibly have had any impact in actual paid airings.

August is the Cruelest Month for Democrats

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

A military commander tested in wartime, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, a Secretary of State, a Vice President Powell would strengthen Obama's candidacy more deeply and more consummately than any other American.

Titty Jokes and a Bush Smirk: it's the New John McCain

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Between the belligerent yodeling --"We have to drill here and drill now"--and offering up his wife for a cash prize, I'm wondering, is McCain's attempt to channel the elusive white male voter?

Is John McCain Responsible for His Own Negative Campaign?

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

It's McCain's campaign, not Steve Schmidt's or Mark Salter's or anyone else's. We might joke otherwise, but John McCain does take credit for his bizarre ads.

Billary -- What Has Become of Them?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

For Obama to select a woman as vice president would further antagonize Hilllary backers, and would weirdly seem to say that there is only one woman with the credentials to be Obama's number two.

Four On The Floor: Mac TV

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

So why did lovable old John McCain suddenly put out FOUR negative TV ads in less than two weeks? Are new campaign director Steve Schmidt and company crazy like foxes? Or just crazy?

Jason Linkins

McCain Camp's Rove Acolyte Decries Obama's Tactics As Rovian | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The McCain campaign is accusing Barack Obama of playing the Race Card today, for the first time ever in presidential politics. The evidence: Obama jo...

McCain Gets (More) Britney Traction

Ben Mishkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ben Mishkin

You won't learn anything fro this press call on how McCain will help break our addiction to fossil fuels, but you'll learn why Britney Spears has moved to the center of presidential campaign politics.

13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The reason the McCain campaign is so worried is that the Olympics start in less than two weeks. The next big event after the Olympics? The Democratic National Convention.

Six Reasons McCain's Lucky He Didn't Make It On That Oil Rig

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Here are six reasons McCain is very fortunate he ended up at Schmidt's Sausage Haus in Ohio Friday, rather than on a pitching oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday Talking Points [38] -- Whiners And Cheeseheads

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to Friday Talking Points, after a one-week hiatus! While plenty has happened in the past two weeks which bears close and careful analysis...

Meet Mac's New Supremo: Steve Schmidt And His Tumultuous First Week

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Schmidt's experience with Schwarzenegger tells him about the problems with the conservative base as the candidate runs a campaign aimed at independents.

Backbiting! Backstabbing! Skullduggery! Sniping! Fun and Games in the McCain Campaign

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

There's something wrong when a campaign's consultants and strategists get their names written in the paper as often as the candidate.

Mac And Murph

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

MIke Murphy is a very smart and amiable strategist. He has good advice for McCain -- that he simply can't win in this environment with the base-oriented strategy he's been pursuing.

Inside McCain's Campaign: A Mess Of Festering Feuds

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator John McCain's campaigns have long been defined by internal squabbling and power plays, zigzagging lines of command and a penchant by the candi...

Giuliani's Campaign Manager Joins McCain Team

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: ABC News has learned that the McCain campaign has hired Mike DuHaime as political director, the first new hir...

McCain Not Completely Scrapping Regional Manager System

Washington Post's The Fix | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Steve Schmidt, the newly installed senior adviser for John McCain's presidential bid, is moving quickly to strengthen the power of the operation's nat...

Sam Stein

Day After Shakeup, McCain Campaign Cites Incredible Progress | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Newly appointed McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt sent out a memo to staff on Thursday reiterating support for the campaign's regional operations...

Jason Linkins

Bush-Cheney Mouthpiece Boards 'Straight Talk' Express | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Remember back in 2004, when the Swift Boat Veterans For [Depends On What Terrifying, Sick, Debased Definition You Have For The] Truth attacked preside...