Those of you watching the ups and downs of the Republican presidential race will want to take note: Arizona Sen. John McCain is taking hits and may be down for the count.
McCain's poll numbers have been sagging for some weeks now and his fundraising is also lagging behind other GOP hopefuls. As a result, McCain is cutting at least 50 staff positions.
Not so many months ago, McCain was a GOP golden boy, a refreshing alternative to George W. Bush and his Republican rivals. Tough and outspoken, the former pilot and POW was considered a front runner for the 2008 Republican nomination.
It was too good to last. McCain has been hurt by his continued support for the Iraq war and by his support for the comprehensive immigration reform plan, a plan supported by the president but wildly unpopular among the right-wing portion of the Republican Party.
AltTulsa's take: McCain is not yet toast, but he's close. The red-meat conservatives are in an uproar over McCain's support for the immigration bill and we don't think they will forget between now and the primary season.
Next up for the GOP: Paging Dr. Fred! Paging Dr. Fred! Will Dr. Thompson please report to the Right Wing of the GOP Ward and help save this party.