Bill Kristol, back at it again today:
It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign.
Yes, because suspending it the last time was such a smashing success.
And let McCain go back to what he’s been good at in the past — running as a cheerful, open and accessible candidate. Palin should follow suit. The two of them are attractive and competent politicians. They’re happy warriors and good campaigners. Set them free.
Yes. It is all the campaign’s fault. McCain andPalin have no say in the tone and direction of the campaign. Like every Kristol column, after reading it you have to wonder what the Times was thinking hiring this guy. I can think of a dozen folks who should have that real estate. Hell, hire Daniel Larison.
BTW- Does this include the Weekly Standard’s own OD (Original DungeonMaster) Michael Goldfarb, on loan from the Weekly Standard to the McCain campaign, who had some of the campaign’s more bizarre and unpresidential rants?
*** Update ***
Nate Silver is right- this is a coordinated roll-out. Silver points to Drudge, then there is Kristol in the NY Times, and the third data point is Halperin at Time, showing that despite glimmers of sanity in the past few months, he can still be counted on as a go-to guy for a tire-swing: “McCain Resets Campaign With New Speech(!).”
This is really going to help McCain fight back that “ERRATIC” narrative.
And now, the Politico joins in:
Three weeks before Election Day, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday is unveiling what his aides call a more forceful new stump speech in which he portrays himself as a scrappy fighter on the comeback trail against an opponent who’s already “measuring the drapes” in the Oval Office.
“The national media has written us off.,” McCain says in excerpts released by the campaign. “Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”
Allies are calling this “hitting the ‘reset’ button” on the campaign, with McCain reemerging after a long Sunday strategy session with a feisty tack that uses candor and humor, at a time when his rallies have become known for raucous rage and clumsy attacks.
Good luck with that.