Recently, John McCain has invited Mike Murphy onto his campaign as an adviser. Supposedly, Murphy told McCain that he needs to “tone down” his attacks on Obama (my emphasis).
Last Sunday, he invited Mike Murphy, his longtime friend and political adviser, who is not involved in this campaign, to his home in Virginia. There, Mr. Murphy reportedly gave him a detailed and at times tough assessment of what Mr. McCain had done wrong.
Mr. Murphy urged him to tone down his attacks on Mr. Obama and stop coming across as so angry. He recommended that Mr. McCain concentrate on running as a reform candidate to strip that issue from Mr. Obama, and to make greater efforts to distance himself from Mr. Bush, Republicans familiar with the conversation said.
Some of Mr. McCain’s associates said that Mr. McCain might be interested in bringing Mr. Murphy back on board, but that his current circle of advisers was resisting that.
As soon as Mr. Obama secures the Democratic nomination, Mr. Schmidt said, Mr. McCain will begin a series of speeches intended to contrast their positions. Mr. McCain’s advisers said they did not think it made sense to do that until Mr. Obama wrapped up his battle against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, given how the two Democrats are dominating the news.
I really hope The New York Times is just having one of those faulty reporting days and this whole article is full of half truths and outright falsehoods. If it’s not, there are so many things wrong with the McCain camp.
First off, McCain doesn’t need to tone down his attacks on Obama because the “attacks” are nonexistent. Have you heard of a single attack? The only “attacks” I have heard about are McCain’s against conservatives for attacking Obama. What McCain needs in his campaign are more attacks against Obama and Hillary.
The next thing that I have an issue with is the idea that McCain wants to be known as a “reform” candidate. I, for one, am not scared of change. However, when McCain wants to be comparable to Obama in the aspect, I tend to have problems. Think about it: How much should “conservative” McCain have in common with the most liberal senator? For example, how much in common should McCain have with Obama on immigration reform? Personally, I think the commonality should be very slim.
Finally, why in the world is McCain waiting for Obama to secure the nomination to begin to contrast their positions? Shouldn’t the differences in their positions be obvious enough? It’s not like McCain is going against Obama in a primary where both of them have the same basic views (or at least I think McCain has different views). The funny thing is, the only real issue that I know for certain that McCain differs from either Clinton or Obama is his stance on abortion. For gun laws though, you would think McCain is a liberal.
Once again I find myself wishing, hoping, and yes, even praying that McCain and his campaign wakes up and discovers that he has a whole lot of conservatives wanting to throw their full support behind him. The only thing he has to do is stop looking like a Democrat by his constantly pandering and courting the other side.