David Kirkpatrick

October 24, 2008

So the circular firing squad begins apace

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:48 pm

The game’s not over and the GOP is already taking shots from within. Expect this to get worse over the next few weeks regardless how the election turns out.

From the link:

The blame game is beginning among Republicans, even as Sen. John McCain struggles to catch up in the polls in the campaign’s final days, report a trio of top Politico writers. Jonathan Martin, Mike Allen, John F. Harris write: “With despair rising even among many of John McCain’s own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—-much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.” McCain himself participated in an interview with the Washington Times, complaining about the problems created by the Bush administration. Beyond that, “the candidate’s strategists in recent days have become increasingly vocal in interviews and conference calls about what they call unfair news media coverage and Barack Obama’s wide financial advantage — both complaints laying down a post-election storyline for why their own efforts proved ineffectual…Top Republican officials have let it be known they are distressed about McCain’s organization.” And there’s a debate about why McCain chose a “reform” rather than an “experience” message.

Update — Here’s more on the subject — he even uses the phrase, “circular firing squad” in the intro — from Marc Ambinder.

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