Conflicts emerge within McCain Campaign

Conservatives and Republicans alike have been critiquing the McCain campaign, at times– from within the campaign itself.

Karl Rove has rebuked those involved, especially the people working within the McCain Campaign, calling their conduct unsuitable during the election period.

Daniel O’Reilly of Politico.com writes, October 26, 2008:

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said Sunday that the finger-pointing within Republican ranks is a “sad sight to see,” criticizing some within John McCain’s presidential campaign for airing their internal grievances before Election Day.

“It’s a sign of undisciplined people who do not have loyalty that they ought to have to the candidate,” Rove said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Ken Adelman a self-proclaimed staunch conservative who served as an ambassador under Ronald Reagan, wrote an article in support of Barack Obama in the liberal news blog, The Huffington Post on October 24, 2008:

Granted, McCain’s views are closer to mine than Obama’s. But I’ve learned over this Bush era to value competence along with ideology. Otherwise, our ideology gets discredited, as it has so disastrously over the past eight years.

McCain’s temperament — leading him to bizarre behavior during the week the economic crisis broke — and his judgment — leading him to Wasilla — depressed me into thinking that “our guy” would be a(nother) lousy conservative president. Been there, done that.

I’d rather a competent moderate president. Even at a risk, since Obama lacks lots of executive experience displaying competence (though his presidential campaign has been spot-on). And since his Senate voting record is not moderate, but depressingly liberal. Looming in the background, Pelosi and Reid really scare me.

Nonetheless, I concluded that McCain would not — could not — be a good president. Obama just might be.

David Frum, a speech writer for and assistant to President Bush, writes in the Washington Post that he is concerned that McCain may bring down the Republican Party. Claiming that GOP numbers have not been so bad since Watergate, Frum urges conservatives to follow two important steps in order to salvage the Party – in essence, shifting their efforts from the White House bid to protecting what is left of Republican strength in the U.S Congress. October 26, 2008:

1. Every available dollar that can be shifted to a senatorial campaign must be shifted to a senatorial campaign….
2. We need a message change that frankly acknowledges that the Democrats are probably going to win the White House — and that warns of the dangers of one-party, left-wing government.

The friction within the McCain campaign has not spared his running mate, Governor Sarah Palin. Some McCain advisers complained that Palin was acting like a ‘diva.’ Ben Smith of Politico.com writes that “Even as John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to close the gap in the final days of the 2008 election, stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign’s already-tense internal dynamics.” Some insiders have altered the language to call Palin’s efforts going “rogue.” Dana Bash, Peter Hamby and John King of CNN.com write, October 26, 2008:

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue.”

A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

From what it looks like, Palin has helped more than she has hurt the Republican ticket, but clearly her tactics are different from those of McCain. Whether the McCain insiders will calm down or not is another story.

Is this a passing bump in the road, or a signal of more to come? You decide.