April 1, 2008


As Rivals Battle, McCain Builds November Machine (Michael D. Shear and Dan Balz, 4/01/08, Washington Post)

As his Democratic presidential rivals squabble, Sen. John McCain has moved to transform his ragtag primary campaign into a general-election operation by boosting fundraising, establishing control over the Republican National Committee, and beginning a conversation with voters who live in states where he has not campaigned.

One of McCain's first decisions has been to assemble a novel and risky campaign structure that will rely on 10 "regional managers" who will make daily decisions in the states under their direction, his advisers said. The managers will gather today in New Mexico to plot strategy with GOP state officials.

Some Republican strategists have said that McCain has not made the best use of the extra time that the prolonged Democratic nomination battle has given him. They have criticized the pace and direction of his decisions and have questioned why the senator from Arizona has not held more fundraisers to close the huge financial gap between him and his rivals.

Senators aren't executives -- the best ones compromise all the time and try to keep everyone happy -- which is why their campaigns are typically badly run and why they really shouldn't be considered for the presidency. He lucked into facing another senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2008 6:38 AM

Maverick could pick 50 random bloggers to run 50 individual state campaigns and still crush Obama.

Posted by: b at April 1, 2008 11:08 AM

the best ones compromise all the time and try to keep everyone happy

Many of them do just that, but it doesn't make them "best" except to other insiders.

Posted by: ras at April 1, 2008 5:46 PM

Yes, it does. That's the essence of law making. It's good for legislators, bad for executives.

Posted by: oj at April 1, 2008 11:19 PM