Thursday, July 3, 2008

McCain: 'Where's my message?'

The quest for coherence continues:
Sen. John McCain ordered a shake-up of his team yesterday, reducing the role of campaign manager Rick Davis and vesting political adviser Steve Schmidt with "full operational control" of his bid for the presidency. . . .
"There's not a cogent message," one Republican strategist said yesterday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
There's your first clue, Sherlock. When you need a "strategist" to tell you your campaign is screwed up, you've got problems. There's more:
The problems crystallized this week, with McCain on a three-day trip to Colombia and Mexico, where he is talking about trade and drug trafficking, an exercise even some insiders considered a waste of the candidate's time.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner, boys and girls! Neither Mexico nor Colombia has any votes in the Electoral College. Wonder when Team Obama's going to realize the folly of foreign travel during the campaign season?

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