Republican strategists, not associated with the McCain campaign, appear to agree that McCain needs to focus on the economy to try to make up his deficit in the polls.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a McCain supporter and often seen talking head, said on Saturday that McCain was going to offer a, "very comprehensive approach to jump-start the economy."
Somebody should have told the McCain campaign because they said that McCain wasn't going to do so. Specifically, Tucker Bounds, McCain campaign spokesperson said, “We do not have any immediate plans to announce any policy proposals outside of the proposals that John McCain has announced, and the certain proposals that would result as economic news continues to come our way.”
In the mean time on Monday, Oct. 13 Obama unveiled a four point plan in an attempt to help deal with the economic crisis. Essentially doing what Graham had promised McCain would do Monday.
Seriously, is Rick Davis secretly working for the Dems or Obama? For that matter where was the communications director, Jill Hazelbaker, on this one? (of course she didn't do so well when she credited McCain for the passage of the bailout bill that didn't pass) Steve Schmidt is the chief strategist, where has he been?
Not to go over recent history in detail nor kick dead horses but let's not forget the following to date:
1) picking Palin
2) fundamentals of economy are strong on Sept. 15
3) worst economic crisis since the Great Depression Sept. 24
4) suspends campaign, kind of, ads still run, surrogates still campaign
5) calls on (demands) Bush call a meeting of both parties' leaders including himself (of course) and Obama
6) his communication's director and other surrogates give McCain credit for getting first version of bailout passed before it passes, and oh, by the way, it doesn't pass
7) rhetoric of his campaign has inspired some of his supporters at rallies to say/yell that Obama, "is an Arab", "kill him"; "terrorist", and "off with his head - See past posts and
That's all I can think of right now. There are more, I know.
And now the "very comprehensive approach to jump-start the economy" isn't needed because the situation presumably doesn't call for it otherwise McCain would offer up new ideas, right? If the situation for new economic policies is not called for now, then when would it ever be called for according to McCain?
So who is to blame for the poorly run McCain campaign? Rick Davis, the campaign manager? Someone else in the campaign like chief strategist Steve Schmidt, communications director Jill Hazelbaker, or talking head/supporter Senator Graham? Maybe all of them to some degree are to blame. But, it's McCain's campaign ultimately. Ultimately, the blame lies with him for his poorly run campaign.
Although I still think there's an outside chance Rick Davis is a double agent for the Dems. That way this poorly run campaign by McCain would make more sense.
(To be clear, I have no information that Rick Davis or anyone else associated with the McCain campaign is a secret, double-agent operative for Obama and/or the Dems, the suggestion made that he or anyone else may be a secret, double-agent operative for Obama and/or the Dems is made in jest.)
Postscript: John Martin on his blog on politico.com is reporting that Doug Holtz-Eakin, McCain's chief domestic policy adviser, said on a conference call that McCain is going to offer specific new measures regarding the economy. Wow. Double wow. First, Graham says McCain has new policy proposals regarding the economy. Then, spokesperson Bounds says no, he doesn't. Now, Hotz-Eakin, says wait a minute, yes he does, tomorrow though. Stay tuned, they may decide they don't have any new economic policy proposals by tomorrow. Triple wow.