October 15, 2007


McCain is bouncing back (Lee Bandy, Oct 15, 2007, The State)

Today, amazingly, the campaign of the U.S. senator from Arizona is very much alive.


McCain was helped by progress in Iraq and a strong showing in a recent New Hampshire debate.

Also, the John McCain of old is back, saying what he means and letting the chips fall where they may. He is much more comfortable campaigning as an insurgent than as an insider.

McCain returned to South Carolina — drawing large crowds — with his unique brand of straight talk coupled with unwavering conviction for causes he believes are in the nation’s best interest.

“What we are seeing is a genuine John McCain on the stump,” said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a longtime McCain supporter. [...]

McCain has adopted a two-state strategy. He said he must win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and then head to South Carolina, the first contest conducted in a red state.

McCain is clinging to the top tier of GOP candidates — including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee — in the race for their party’s nomination.

But there is still time for him to win, Graham said.

“These candidates have long ways to go,” Graham said. “John McCain is back.”

The GOP always nominates the next in line, which is why Maverick lost last time but remains the favorite to win this.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 15, 2007 7:37 AM

McCain at the top of the GOP tickets means a Hillary landslide. The GOP base doesn't like him, the media will desert him, and he is one cranky comment away from being put into Bob Dole territory.

Posted by: AWW at October 15, 2007 11:16 AM

dole clinton redux 16 years later anyone?
the mayor will take it this time, maverick is too late too the party, literally. his time came and went 8 years ago. he's been trying to catch headwind ever since.

Posted by: neil at October 15, 2007 11:37 AM

Likewise, Reagan's time was '76. By '80 he was a loser to the featherweight Gerald Ford, too old, and too kooky.

After he lost IA it was all over.

Posted by: oj at October 15, 2007 11:45 AM

But are you more enamored of Fred? Supporting him?

Posted by: J at October 15, 2007 11:57 AM


You are surprised that OJ would support what he believes to be a lost cause?

Posted by: Brandon at October 15, 2007 12:01 PM

No, just politely requesting clarification; I was under the (possibly mistaken)impression from reading the site that he prefers McCain.

Posted by: J at October 15, 2007 2:45 PM

I'm enamored of Jeb. I like Fred best of those running. I note the next in line always wins.

Posted by: oj at October 15, 2007 2:49 PM