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Bush 3.0: Ken Mehlman and Rove join McCain's team

Ah, yes. I guess John McCain really doesn’t mind giving off the air of “more of the same” and “four more years.” Why not continue the record of success, prosperity and harmony embodied by the work of former RNC head Ken Mehlman and Bush mastermind Karl Rove.

The same crowd wants to install themselves into a McCain administration. If anyone out there is looking for anything remotely resembling change or a drop kick for business as usual, you need to move along, it’s more of McSame. (Politico):

John McCain is getting much more than President Bush’s endorsement and fundraising help for his campaign. He’s getting Bush’s staff.

It’s no secret that Steve Schmidt, Bush’s attack dog in the 2004 election, and Mark McKinnon, the president’s media strategist, are performing similar functions for McCain now.

But other big-name Bushies are lining up to boost McCain, too.

Ken Mehlman, who ran Bush’s 2004 campaign, is now serving as an unpaid, outside adviser to the Arizona Republican. Karl Rove, the president’s top political hand since his Texas days, recently gave money to McCain and soon after had a private conversation with the senator. A top McCain adviser said both Mehlman and Rove are now informally advising the campaign. Rove refused to detail his conversation with McCain.

The list could grow longer. Dan Bartlett, formerly a top aide in the Bush White House, and Sara Taylor, the erstwhile Bush political adviser, said they are eager to provide any assistance and advice possible to McCain.

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