McCain campaign strategy: Go nu-cular or go nice?
New McCain theme song for the week? With all the squabbling going on within Republican circles about what John McCain should do, shouldn't do, should have done, shouldn't have done, McCain and running mate Sarah Palin could start singing the old Stealers Wheel chorus:Skip to next paragraph
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"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you."
With 22 days to go before the election and polls not favorable to the Republican ticket, everyone has advice for the McCain campaign. Everyone.
Some believe he should amp up the attacks. Others believe he's got to tone it down. Probably most would agree that sending Sarah Palin to Philadelphia -- a city which booed Santa Claus -- to drop the puck at a Philadelphia Flyers hockey game might be risky.
Yep. That idea blew up. Here's a link to the video. Thankfully there was no snow. Santa appeared at an Eagles game and was greeted by hostile snowballs.
But she's a hockey mom. What went wrong? Wardrobe malfunction.
A Forbes blogger writes that Palin brought some of this on herself. Apparently, a week earlier while in Philadelphia she tried - unsuccessfully - to go out for a jog in a New York Rangers hockey jersey.
No hockey fan in their right mind would show up in Philadelphia wearing a jersey of a New York team, or vice-versa, without expecting some sort of fight to ensue.
If it was just the hockey game, that would be one thing. But conservatives are saying there are many more problems. Conservative New York Times columnist Bill Kristol says there should be a Columbus Day liquidation sale at McCain Inc.
"The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional," Kristol writes. "Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed."
His prescription? Fire 'em.
"What McCain needs to do is junk the whole thing and start over," he writes. "Shut down the rapid responses, end the frantic e-mails, bench the spinning surrogates, stop putting up new TV and Internet ads every minute. In fact, pull all the ads — they’re doing no good anyway. Use that money for televised town halls and half-hour addresses in prime time."