October 11, 2005


Hoping for Broad Appeal, Schwarzenegger Calls on McCain (Sonya Geis, October 11, 2005, Washington Post)

A Republican luminary added his wattage to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power at two campaign events yesterday.

One day after announcing that he is considering another run for the presidency, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) jetted to California to show support for a set of state ballot initiatives the GOP governor is championing. [...]

Republican strategist Allen Hoffenblum said the move was an effort to motivate independent voters and wavering Democrats to vote. "Not too many people believe the governor can win this with just Republican votes alone," he said.

That cross-party appeal is why he'll be nominated--he'll win the general so easily he'll carry in fellow GOP office-seekers with him. They like that.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2005 12:32 PM

Up here in WA state, Mike McGavick & Dino Rossi are already positioning themselves to hitch onto McCain's star. It's wise move here--as it is in California--even if McCain ends up not getting the nod.

Posted by: Timothy at October 11, 2005 2:03 PM

If Rudy runs, McCain has zero chance with Repub primary voters.

Posted by: Casey Abell at October 11, 2005 2:06 PM

McCain wins here and then Rove runs Rudy into the ground in SC as a gay-loving abortionist.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2005 2:24 PM

That is funny. Rove runs McCain's campaign? He's as likely to run Hillary's.

And McCain won't win NH, anyway, if Rudy runs. Giuliani will easily get to his right on pocketbook issues. McCain voted against the tax cut, remember?

McCain has no strong image as a pro-lifer, though he may attempt to get to Rudy's right on the issue. It won't be enough to save him in SC or other Repub-only promaries. Giuliani will be rock-solid conservative on national security and economic issues, and will not carry McCain's baggage of sticking it to the right so often.

Rudy beats Hillary by five-ten points in the general.

Posted by: Casey Abell at October 11, 2005 2:39 PM

This suggests OJ may be right about the McCain to VP maneuver


Posted by: cornetofhorse at October 11, 2005 3:47 PM

That link suggests that some crazies have gotten tired of Area 51 theories and are branching out.

They manage to fold Cheney's Limbaugh interview about Miers into the theory, of course. The more Cheney appears on very public forums to promote the administration, the more likely that he's about to get dumped.

Posted by: Casey Abell at October 11, 2005 4:09 PM

He's just ill, not unloved.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2005 4:13 PM


They're already prepositioning McKinnon:


W and Rove want a sure win and that means McCain.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2005 4:17 PM

Mckinnon worked on the gubernatorial campaign of Ann Richards, among other Democrats.

For the 2002 Senate race in Texas, Mr. McKinnon and his wife, Ann, contributed $4,000 to Democrat Ron Kirk against Republican John Cornyn.

Seems to me that McKinnon is going to the McCain campaign because he feels McCain is the closest thing to a democrat. Not particularly reassuring.

Posted by: h-man at October 11, 2005 5:01 PM

He isn't, W is--but they think he is and that's why he'll destroy the Democrats.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2005 5:14 PM