March 14, 2008

50-0 FILES:

Maverick wants to paint blue states red (Jonathan Martin, Mar 13, 2008, Politico)

Conversations with McCain backers and other Republican operatives, most of whom insisted on anonymity, reflect a party intent on altering the red state/blue state paradigm.

“2004 was defined by 2000,” a senior McCain aide said, assessing the mostly static state-by-state strategy pursued by President Bush’s two campaigns. “We’re just in a very different situation, and that has given us the freedom to look at the map a lot more broadly.”

Though still very early in the planning stages, McCain aides have begun eyeing between 20 and 25 states that could be competitive, a list that includes some places that are anything but rock-ribbed conservative. Next month, they’ll make this case symbolically by sending the candidate on a different-kind-of-Republican tour into places where party members typically don’t tread.

By virtue of his maverick brand, nontraditional stances on key issues and his Western roots, McCain may be able to compete in states that were far out of reach for Bush and that have otherwise been trending away from Republicans. This potential, say McCain strategists and other Republicans, could amount to the GOP’s ace in the hole in an otherwise dismal political climate.

“It puts a whole new set of states in play for us,” Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) said of McCain’s candidacy.

If the super-delegates were to shaft Senator Obama then D.C. could even be in play....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 7:42 AM

This is all fine and good, and we see the possibilities. It just doesn't square with hiring schlubs like Mehlman and running for a "3rd Bush term."

The closer to Bush he runs, the closer to the old may (minus Ohio)

IF the map changes much, it will be because of Hillary or Obama, not "Maverick" (Maverick Bush III doesn't quite square)

Posted by: Bruno at March 14, 2008 8:34 AM

You can hardly be more bipartisan than running for Bill Clinton's 5th term.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2008 8:45 AM

With luck McCain can carry Washington State and help pull Dino Rossi into the governor's chair. Rossi has to win by at least 5,000 votes though or they'll steal it again.

Posted by: Patrick H at March 14, 2008 12:49 PM

"IF the map changes much, it will be because of Hillary or Obama, not 'Maverick'"

I'm not quite sure how to interpret this--do you mean either one will be uniquely able to win red states, or be able to lose blue states? Because the Dems are in for a catastrophic fraction of the white male vote with either one, and it's becoming more apparent to even the clueless MSM that the Democrat voting base is not going to vote for Obama in sufficient numbers. And McCain with being "Maverick" and his personal bio is pretty uniquely positioned to sweep those voters up.

Posted by: b at March 14, 2008 1:19 PM

Every 4 years we get the stories about how the candidate is going to go for all 50 states and challenge on non-traditional turf. Even Kerry was saying he was going to challenge Bush everywhere but then scaled back by fall.

I tend to agree with Bruno - a sizable number of independents/moderates voting for McCain may actually be anti-Hillary/Obama votes.

Posted by: AWW at March 14, 2008 7:01 PM

And the GOP not infrequently wins close to 50.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2008 9:55 PM

We'll take all votes no matter whence they come.

Posted by: erp at March 15, 2008 1:00 PM