Remember those heady days when John McCain was considered a legitimate Presidential candidate? Hell, the guy was but a few swiftboatings by Karl Rove away from being the GOP candidate in 2000. It all seems so long ago.
Because now, the wheels are officially off:
WASHINGTON (AP) – John McCain’s campaign manager and chief strategist resigned Tuesday in a major staff shake-up for the struggling Republican presidential candidate who is all but broke and trails in opinion polls.
In statements, Terry Nelson, a veteran of President Bush’s successful 2004 re-election effort, said he resigned as campaign manager effective immediately and John Weaver said he stepped down from his post of chief strategist.
But other officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid discussing private conversations, said Nelson was fired. Several people close to Nelson disputed that characterization.
Other officials said Mark Salter, a senior aide whom some consider McCain’s alter ego, will continue to advise him in a voluntarily role but will cease his day-to-day involvement in the campaign.
Two officials said Rick Davis, a longtime aide to McCain, will take over the campaign.
While McCain continues his myopic belief that that the tide is turning in Iraq (“Now that the military effort in Iraq has shown some signs of progress, the space is opening for political progress.”) even as reports prove that the Iraqi “government” is completely impotent.
Perhaps McCain will continue on in his push for the Presidency. This is his Bob Dole moment, realize. It is his last chance. Now, however, he’s little more than an embarrassing, completely out-of-touch sideshow.
When you can’t poll anywhere near Fred Thompson, and when the Ron Paul juggernaut is breathing down your neck, it’s time to exit the stage, and perhaps pay attention to matters in Arizona for a change.