McCain's sinking campaign
Infuriating the base by constantly voting against their interests, thumbing your nose at them, sidling up next to Teddy the Hutt and kissing his ring, and pimping the amnesty deal full bore doesn't strike me as a prudent way to win your party's presidential primary. People don't give up much of their money when that stuff happens. They can be funny that way.
So does Johnny Mac think that he's the problem? Maybe his message? Nope. It's the staff's fault. From MyWay News:
Republican John McCain reorganized his campaign Monday, cutting staff in every department as he raised just $11.2 million in the last three months and reported an abysmal $2 million cash on hand for his presidential bid.
"We confronted reality and we dealt with it in the best way that we could so that we could move forward with this campaign focused on winning our primaries in the early states," said Terry Nelson, McCain's campaign manager.
Once considered the front-runner for the GOP nomination, McCain trails top Republican rivals in money and polls.
More than 50 staffers, and perhaps as many as 80 to 100, were being let go, and senior aides will be subject to pay cuts as the Arizona senator bows to six months of subpar fundraising, according to officials with knowledge of the details of the shake up. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the campaign would not publicly discuss details of the restructuring.
His popularity among Republicans has dropped since the start of the year. He has become intimately linked to the unpopular Iraq war, and, in recent weeks, he's drawn criticism from already wary conservatives for his support of Bush's immigration reform bill. He declined to participate in an early test of organizational strength in the leadoff state of Iowa this summer, and, he's fighting the perception that he's yesterday's candidate.
Stick a fork in him. He's done.