March 9, 2008

WORSE THINGS COULD HAPPEN...:

McCain Sits in Campaign's Catbird Seat as Democrats Bicker: Republican Raises Money, Prepares Speeches and Trips (Michael D. Shear, 3/09/08, Washington Post)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has sketched out an ambitious plan to exploit the ongoing bickering between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), through weeks of heavy fundraising, a trip abroad, policy speeches and a biography tour aimed at broadening his appeal beyond traditional Republican voters.

As his rivals clash over who is qualified to answer a 3 a.m. phone call in the White House, McCain will meet with foreign leaders in Europe and the Middle East. While Obama and Clinton argue about do-over primaries in Florida and Michigan, McCain will be free to roam the country, giving speeches, holding town-hall meetings and raking up cash. [...]

The evolving plan also calls for the Republican National Committee to use the time to seed the conservative echo chamber -- blogs, talk radio and independent groups -- with red-meat rhetoric and ammunition about the lack of Democratic qualifications.

"You'd rather be the definer than the defined," said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain's communications director.


...than that he disappear for awhile. Let the Democrats try everyone's patience for a few months while you lay low.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2008 9:12 AM
Comments

If only. Do you think the media would leave him alone.

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2008 11:12 AM

This is my idea for a Republican reply to the "3 am" ad: a red telephone rings next to a clock radio reading 3 am. And rings. And rings. Along with sound effects of smashing lamps and crashing ashtrays, and a screeching, angry female voice.

That's it.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 9, 2008 6:42 PM
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