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Who is campaigning for the Republicans this year?  I know, I know, everyone thinks it is John McCain; but really, who is in charge over there?  There is a string of what I think are tantalizing clues that lead me to believe that it is not John McCain who is running his own candidacy for President.  Of course, this leads to the question of, "Who is?!"  All that, and possibly more, if you take the jump down the rabbit hole...

There Have Been Many Stories About How the McCain Campaign IsDivided.

Indeed, as that last article points out, there is a seeming civil war happening in McCain's camp.  Indeed, there has been an uncommonly large amount of dissension in the ranks of McCain's campaign.  There has also been an uncommonly large amount of unraveling in McCain's public persona and perception.  Are these two linked?  

Plenty of people who know John McCain have gone on the record, gone on air and said that the John McCain campaigning now is not the John McCain that they knew, that he has changed.  Huffington Post blared earlier that someone said that McCain had lost the title of "Maverick."  But the John McCain of just 6 months ago was as Maverick-y as anything.  He railed against obscenely negative campaign ads; he said he would fight an honorable campaign; he didn't call himself a maverick.  But then something changed.  He became the presumptive Republican nominee.  Now, that alone doesn't change much, but what changed along with his status from contender to nominee was the make-up of his campaign staff.  The same people that worked against him before are now working for him; the same people that ran campaigns that burned him and that he criticized are now running his campaign.  Karl Rove is an "unofficial advisor."  The man doing the robocalls for McCain was in charge of the robocalls that called his adopted child "illegitimate" in 2000.  

Why would a man who despised this type of campaigning hire the lowlifes that excel at it?

Well, maybe he wouldn't.  Maybe John McCain isn't really running his campaign.  The same people that signed onto his campaign are the same people that have been running GOP campaigns for the last 8 years.  And just as McCain was set to assume the mantle of GOP Presidential nominee, McCain gets these same operatives dumped on him.  So, I ask the question: Is John McCain actually running his own campaign?  Or has the GOP forced their selected team into power in McCain's campaign, ensuring trying to make it so that the campaign is run how the GOP wants it run?  

Taking this hypothesis, I think it would explain a lot of the behavior of the campaign.  It would explain the change that has overcome McCain recently.  Where he used to be affable with reporters, he is now cloaked in secrecy like George W. Bush Sarah Palin most other GOP operatives.  Where he used to honestly be "maverick-y," he now toes the line on all the important Republican positions.  It would explain why Sarah Palin is the VP nominee: the GOP operatives wanted her, not McCain.  That would explain why she is "going rogue."  It would explain the erratic behavior of the campaign during the economic crisis because the two different teams each vied for control and each lost.  McCain loyalists and GOP loyalists each wanting their particular view of the campaign to be used, two different strategies both being half-implemented.  Chaos.  

Lastly, this hypothesis would explain why the candidate himself has come out two times with stances contradicting the stance of his campaign: on the "lipstick on a pig" fiasco and today on the charges that Obama is a "socialist."  He also shied away from the vehement rhetoric of the Manchurian Candidate VP nominee.  

In light of this evidence, it seems to me that McCain is either dangerously senile/schizophrenic or his campaign is.  And if his campaign is schizophrenic now, just imagine how bad a McCain administration would be.  It makes me sad to think that McCain's attempt at assuming the Presidency has been hijacked by his own Party, but it makes sense that the people who have been screwing him over for years would continue to do so.  I think the reason that the GOP did this was because they felt insecure in the ability of McCain's maverick ideas to actually win the Presidency.  They (thankfully) grievously miscalculated.  Hopefully, the crotchety, but still snark-funny McCain of yesteryear will return when he is out from under the thumb of the GOP machine.  

I don't know how true any of this really is.  It is baseless conjecture, but it seems like a better explanation for the a) implosion of the McCain campaign and b) the change in McCain's character than the generally accepted "McCain is batshit crazy!"  

Originally posted to geffdee on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips on how not to ruin a campaign? (4+ / 0-)
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    Joffan, psilocynic, expatinmex, mb88
  •  This seems plausible (0+ / 0-)

    It's certainly been a very by-the-book campaign for someone who wasn't running quite as GOP-by-numbers effort back in the primaries (that would be Mitt Romney). Of course, it's equally possible that McCain's ambition to finally be President overwhelmed any previous moral scrupules or firmly-held principles—he may well have said, "F**k it, it worked for Bush". I'm inclined to believe it's a little of both. McCain was complicit in the takeover, but there are also indications in the various leaks and in his own statements/contradictions of party line that there are forces greater than he at play.

  •  my theory (0+ / 0-)

    power brokers wanted Romney.  but McCain made a good argument that it was "his turn" and promised to only serve one term.  since Rs knew they were in trouble this year they decided to let McCain be the sacrificial lamb.  Either he would lose, and they would have have wasted the guy they really liked in this tough year, or he would win, and step down in 2012 anyway when they hope people will not be quite so angry with the Republican party.

    it has almost gotten to the point that I feel sorry for him and wonder if he remembers to take his Aricept.

    then McPalin supporters do something else vile and I remember why that ticket MUST be stopped.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
    5 days until the '08 elections. Let's paint the country BLUE!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:49:41 PM PDT

  •  I'm glad that whoever is (0+ / 0-)

    running it is. I see his campaign as a sink hole or a drain that's being circled by the vampires that have ruled us for 8 years. Bush's campaigns were just as appalling but the Democrats all marched along with the reality that was put forward. This time it didn't work because reality came crashing down on our collective comas and we woke up and actually saw the pigs behind the lipsticks and they looked mighty scary. That and the fact that Obama sang,

    The King is in the all together
    But all together the all together
    He's all together as naked as the day that he was born.
    And it's all together too chilly a morn!

    All the courts positioned to call an intermission
    His majesty is wide open to ridicule and scorn

    "And if my thought-dreams could be seen They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Bob Dylan

    by shaharazade on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:52:39 PM PDT

  •  Ralph Reed and the hateful religious right.... (0+ / 0-)

    that is my best bet, seriously, how can you justify Palin for VP? Nobody in their right mind would do it

    "Just once, why can't one of our poorly considered quick fixes work?" -The Onion

    by expatinmex on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 01:04:35 PM PDT

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