The Bucks Start Here

May 27 (Bloomberg) — John McCain’s challenge in winning the presidency isn’t unique. George H.W. Bush in 1988 and Al Gore in 2000 also struggled to chisel an identity separate from a two- term incumbent president of their party.

There’s one big difference: in 1988, Ronald Reagan had a 51 percent approval rating, according to Gallup surveys, and in 2000 Bill Clinton’s was 57 percent. Today, President George W. Bush’s rating is 28 percent and the leading House Republican political analyst, Virginia Representative Tom Davis, said the president is “absolutely radioactive” for party candidates, including McCain, the presumptive presidential nominee.

So why is the Arizona senator going to appear with Bush in Phoenix tonight for a closed-door fundraiser? McCain, whose fundraising totals are dwarfed by those of Democratic candidate Barack Obama, needs Bush to bring in money and signal to conservative Republicans that he can be trusted.

Original DVD cover.

“Any sitting president, even one whose approval rating is in the low 30s, can raise money,” said Jim Pinkerton, a Republican strategist. “McCain has to distance himself from Bush, but he also has to reassure the Republican base — and that means snuggling up.”

Well, no problem there!

McCain, who has long been viewed with suspicion by his party’s conservative base, “needs to pay penance” for setting himself apart from Bush, said Pinkerton, who worked on the first President Bush’s strategy to distinguish his record from Reagan’s.


The two last appeared together March 5, when Bush endorsed McCain at the White House.

Since then, McCain has accelerated his push to underscore differences with Bush on policies ranging from foreign affairs to climate change.


On most other issues, though, McCain says he will carry on Bush’s legacy, vowing to extend the president’s tax cuts, keep troops in Iraq and offer private accounts as a component of Social Security overhaul.


Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who lost the party nomination to McCain, now attests to his former rival’s anti-Bush credentials.


“The mutual dislike between McCain and President Bush has been tabled, for Bush’s legacy desperately needs the GOP to win the White House,” [Scott] Reed [who managed the 1996 campaign of Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole] said.

Strategists said the administration should follow a basic rule if it wants to bequeath the Oval Office to its party’s nominee: Don’t blindside the campaign.


Clean lines of communication will help the White House and the McCain campaign smooth over any public breaches. Two of McCain’s top five advisers — Charlie Black, and Steve Schmidt — worked on Bush’s 2004 re-election. Nicolle Wallace, the communications director in that campaign, signed up with McCain last month.

“We coordinate with the McCain campaign all the time,” said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

His advisors are from the Chimpy 2004 campaign, and the White House coordinates with Captain Underpants all the time, but he is distancing himself from Chimpy? Am I missing something, kids?


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18 responses to “The Bucks Start Here

  1. nightowl724

    How can Mc distance himself from GW? On the rare occasions in ’08 he even bothered to vote, he voted with Shrub 100% of the time:

    nonnie, I smiled at the floating dollar signs, the image of the dancing chimp, and the funny titles!

  2. Ted

    Here’s an important piece of advice: If it looks like it’s going to be McCain/Palin anyway (and that should be a “no brainer” for Team McCain), McCain should announce NOW or VERY SOON, rather than later towards the convention. There’s currently a growing chorus for Obama/Hillary (as VP) ticket (in fact the Dems are likely aware of the Palin phenomenon). If the GOP waits while movement for Hillary as VP grows — even worse until after it is solidified that Hillary will/could be VP pick — selecting Palin will be portrayed by Dems/liberal media more as a reaction by GOP selecting its own female (overshawdoing Palin’s own remarkable assets), rather than McCain taking the lead on this. Selecting Palin now or early (contrary to the punditocracy) will mean McCain will be seen as driving the course of this campaign overwhelmingly, and the DEMS will be seen as merely reacting. And, there’s absoultely no down-side to this because even if Hillary is a no-go as VP for Obama, the GOP gains by acting early. McCain the maverick. Palin the maverick. Do it now!

    There’s no reason, and actually substantial negative, in McCain waiting to see what the Dems do first insofar as his picking Palin as VP, because, no matter who Obama picks, Palin is by far (and I mean far) the best pick for McCain and the GOP, especially in this time of GOP woes. The GOP can be seen as the party of real ‘change’ (albeit I hate that mantra, change, change, bla bla), while not really having to change from GOP core conservative values, which Palin more than represents.

    In light of the current oil/energy situation, as well as the disaffected female Hillary voters situation, and growing focus on McCain’s age and health, Palin is more than perfect — now.

    (Perhaps Team McCain is already on to this.)

  3. nightowl,
    i think you inadvertently invented a new word–McDistance. it means to make believe that you have different policies when you really don’t give a damn and just want to be preznit, because you think it is due you, and you will say anything to get there.
    i’m glad you smiled at the silliness. my job here is done. πŸ˜‰

  4. jlms qkw - jenn

    there’s a diary on the recent gos list with a pic of w kissing cindy barbie mccain! hahahahaha.

  5. nightowl724

    McDistance! Do you remember Sniglets?

  6. whatever you say, ted. i had to google just to find out who you were talking about. i doubt highly that captain underpants picking a woman will be seen by anyone as anything other than pandering and trying to make it appear that his party is inclusive. that will go out the window as soon as capt u calls her a c*nt, the same name he calls his wife when he gets pissed off.

  7. hi jenn! πŸ˜€
    i will go over right now to see it.

  8. nightowl,
    i loved sniglets! rob hall, was that the guy’s name? rich hall! i think it was rich.

  9. Got a Grip

    nonnie, it appears that Ted is trying to earn GreenStamps (or is it foodstamps) from posting straight from the McCain daily talking points memo. How very charming, how quaint, how….. :sick: …sorry, I was suddenly overcome…

    Chimpy has never looked so chimp-like as he does in that pic, nons. If only he was scratching his head with one hand and holding onto a vine with the other….. πŸ˜‰

  10. nightowl724

    McDistance – noun 1. the greatest distance between two neocons, generally too small to detect: Captain Underpants’ foreign policy is a McDistance from Dubya’s. [origin: circa 2008; Republican Presidential Primary]

  11. gotta,
    wasn’t ted here before? i tried to find the last post, but i couldn’t. whatevah!
    whenever i look at capt u (which i try not to do), it always appears to me that he looks lost. he always looks like he is on the brink of panic, because he is not quite sure where he is. i think he’s getting a bit senile.

  12. nightowl!
    it’s perfect!!! now you just need the picture of chimpy and capt u hugging to put next to the definition in the dictionary! πŸ˜€

  13. Got a Grip

    nonnie, I have a vague recollection of someone named Ted, but I can’t remember what kind of a$$hattery he was up to.

    nightowl, I LOVE your new definition. You need to save that somewhere and start compiling a Captain Underpants dictionary/thesaurus. Here, I’ll help:

    My Friends – adjective +noun (phrase) 1.anyone within Captain Underpants’ earshot: My friends, I’m full of $hit. [origin: circa 2008; Republican Presidential Primary] πŸ˜‰

  14. gotta,
    i looked, and i think maybe we mixed up ted with ben k (or something like that, don’t make me go check again).
    maybe we should all get together and create a rethuglican illustrated dictionary. with chimpy alone, we have thousands of new words.
    of course, fotc has to be a part of it. (i just wanted to take this opportunity to say how much i miss our fotc! 😦 )

  15. Got a Grip

    I miss fotc, too. Where is she? Should I be worried?

  16. nightowl724

    Ha-ha! Maybe I could try to set something up here at WordPress… if I could figure out how to do it!

  17. gotta,
    she had to move. i check over at dk occasionally to see if she rec’ed or commented just so i know that she’s okay. she rec’ed yesterday, so she’s okay. i think she is still in her temporary place, but i think she should be in her new place soon. i hope so. the joint ain’t the same without our fotc. 😦

  18. nightowl,
    i think it’s pretty easy to set up a blog here at wordpress. of course, i never did it, so what do i know? mighty mikk0mouse did all the heavy lifting around here.