March 8, 2008


Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign (David Paul Kuhn, Mar 8, 2008, Politico)

Ken Mehlman, who ran Bush’s 2004 campaign, is now serving as an unpaid, outside adviser to the Arizona Republican. Karl Rove, the president’s top political hand since his Texas days, recently gave money to McCain and soon after had a private conversation with the senator. A top McCain adviser said both Mehlman and Rove are now informally advising the campaign. Rove refused to detail his conversation with McCain.

The list could grow longer. Dan Bartlett, formerly a top aide in the Bush White House, and Sara Taylor, the erstwhile Bush political adviser, said they are eager to provide any assistance and advice possible to McCain.

Rove explained that he and McCain “got to know each other during the 2004 campaign.” In a separate interview, Mehlman noted that “McCain was completely loyal to the president in 2004 and worked incredibly hard to help him get elected.” According to Taylor, “The Bush Republicans here in town are excited for John McCain.”

The same folks will be surprised by this who were surprised Maverick won.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2008 8:23 AM

If these guys were so competent, they wouldn't have lost in 2006.

Here in IL, Fat Hastert retired to take advantage of lobbying piggishness, and is now on board for an Illinois "capital bill" (read huge tax increase).

Rove/Mehlman did nothing while Illinois ethics metastasized inside the NRCC (now in an accounting scandal)

Rove may have a few brain cells to rub together, but Mehlman is nothing more than an overpaid hack.

Too much of these dorks hanging around, and it will bode ill for the Campaign. McCain is better of running against these pasty white boys, not with them.

Posted by: Bruno at March 8, 2008 9:49 AM

The notion that competence can trump historical trends is silly.

Posted by: oj at March 8, 2008 11:40 AM