Monday, October 13, 2008
You know that the McCain campaign is in trouble when conservative columnist William Kristol describes it on Fox News as "stupid," "pathetic" and "flailing around."
What should the McCain campaign do? Kristol gets right to the point in the title of his latest column, "Fire The Campaign" (10/13/08):
He has nothing to lose. His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s. The Obama team is well organized, flush with resources, and the candidate and the campaign are in sync. The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.
...What McCain needs to do is junk the whole thing and start over. Shut down the rapid responses, end the frantic e-mails, bench the spinning surrogates, stop putting up new TV and Internet ads every minute. In fact, pull all the ads — they’re doing no good anyway. Use that money for televised town halls and half-hour addresses in prime time.
The response from the McCain campaign? Here's spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer:
You also know that things are getting strange when ardent neo-con and Bush administration defender Kristol is accused by a McCain campaign operative of buying into "the Obama campaign's party line."