Monday, July 16, 2007

Analyzing the McCain Campaign Collapse

Monday reading: The New York Times has a solid analysis today on the mistakes of Sen. John McCain's collapsing presidential campaign.

Reporter Adam Nagourney notes that McCain and his advisers thought that with Vice President Cheney out of the race, the senator would be seen as the logical heir apparent to George W. Bush.

Obviously, that hasn't happened. But as Nagourney points out, this is a departure from the usual GOP style.

"We have always been royalists," one Republican strategist noted, a reference to the generally orderly way that Republican presidential candidates have been selected in recent years.

Royalists? Really? It that what the Republicans really stand for? If so, it's yet another reason to avoid the GOP in future elections.

3 comments:

Tulsan said...

The Repubs have lost my vote for at least a generation.

Dan Paden said...

"We have always been royalists," one Republican strategist noted...

I can't help but wonder if the Times recorded the identity of this Republican strategist, and whether his opinion on the subject is actually worth a hill of beans. In any event, to take this obviously hyperbolic ... reference to the generally orderly way that Republican presidential candidates have been selected in recent years and then to suggest in any way that Republicans actually have any regard for anything approaching monarchy is silly; the answer to your question:

Royalists? Really? It that what the Republicans really stand for?

is pretty obviously "no"--and I suspect that you know it. Even if, for a moment, you really thought that Republicans felt bound to nominate some sort of heir apparent, Senator McCain's crash-and-burn out to have put that notion out of your mind.

Tulsan said...

The Times did record the identity of the Republican strategist:

“We have always been royalists,” said Nelson Warfield, who was press secretary to Bob Dole when he won the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 after, naturally enough, losing to George H. W. Bush in 1988. “Reagan ran against Ford and Reagan got the nomination next time. Bush ran against Reagan and became the vice president. Dole had been running forever, he was obviously the Crown Prince. Bush was the son of Bush.”

(http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/us/politics/16web-nagourney.html)