McCain campaign circling the drain
It’s all but over for the Tool McCain as as his campaign manager and chief strategist are outta there (it looks like one was shown the door). The big killer for this campaign? McCain’s leg-humping of Bush over the Iraq disaster and his support of the immigration bill. The Base support evaporated. (AP):
In statements, Terry Nelson, a veteran of President Bush’s successful 2004 re-election effort, said he resigned as campaign manager effective immediately and John Weaver said he stepped down from his post of chief strategist on Tuesday. But other officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid discussing private conversations, said Nelson was fired. Two officials said Rick Davis, a longtime aide to McCain, will take over the campaign.
…This is the second major shake-up at the McCain campaign in less than a week. Days ago, the candidate laid off dozens of staffers after lackluster fundraising and excessive spending left him with just $2 million for his second presidential bid.
Considered the GOP front-runner just six months ago, the Arizona senator’s fortunes soured this year as he embraced President Bush’s troop increase for the Iraq war, an unpopular conflict with the public but one supported by most Republicans, and a bipartisan immigration bill that has divided the GOP. He also has fought to win over skeptical conservatives who make up the core of the party.