Politics

The Spinless View of McCain's Campaign

Political junkie alert!Anyone with an interest in politics should get a kick out of a column by The Washington Post's Dana Milbank today.

Political junkie alert!

Anyone with an interest in politics should get a kick out of a column by The Washington Post's Dana Milbank today. He describes a joint appearance by two of the chief strategists of the McCain and Obama presidential campaigns, Steve Schmidt and David Plouffe. While the observations of both are worth weighing, it's Schmidt who steals the show with frank views he never betrayed during the campaign itself. 

My personal favorite is this description of how the campaign seemed besieged by a burdensome string of events: "I was waiting for his bus to crash into a CDC truck carrying bubonic plague to release over Cincinnati and Ohio. It was just one thing after another, you know, and never to our benefit."

He also compares vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's disastrous interview with NBC's Katie Couric to the interview Ted Kennedy gave to CBS that effectively ended his 1980 presidential bid when he couldn't answer Roger Mudd's seemingly innocuous question: why do you want to be president?

Schmidt has a pessimistic view of his own party right now, saying it is shrinking and could become all but irrelevant if it doesn't right itself soon. Conservatives won't like his assessment and Schmidt is a moderate compared to his party as a whole, but he's also a sharp political operative who party stalwarts shouldn't just shrug off.

Most Popular

Your Guide to Roth Conversions
Special Report
Tax Breaks

Your Guide to Roth Conversions

A Kiplinger Special Report
February 25, 2021
The 12 Best Tech Stocks to Buy for 2022
tech stocks

The 12 Best Tech Stocks to Buy for 2022

The best tech-sector picks for the year to come include plays on some of the most exciting emergent technologies, as well as several old-guard mega-ca…
January 3, 2022
How to Know When You Can Retire
retirement

How to Know When You Can Retire

You’ve scrimped and saved, but are you really ready to retire? Here are some helpful calculations that could help you decide whether you can actually …
January 5, 2022

Recommended

Most-Overlooked Tax Deductions and Credits for the Self-Employed
Tax Breaks

Most-Overlooked Tax Deductions and Credits for the Self-Employed

If you've recently gone into business for yourself, see how the tax laws can work for you.
December 21, 2021
The Biden Tax Plan: How the Build Back Better Act Could Affect Your Tax Bill
Politics

The Biden Tax Plan: How the Build Back Better Act Could Affect Your Tax Bill

Depending on your income, the Build Back Better Act recently passed by the House could boost or cut your future tax bills.
November 22, 2021
Business Cost Outlooks for 2022: Eight Key Sectors
Economic Forecasts

Business Cost Outlooks for 2022: Eight Key Sectors

What’s in store for all sorts of business costs in 2022?
October 12, 2021
The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History
Economic Forecasts

The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History

Wind, water, fire and drought have all wreaked havoc on the United States. What’s been the worst?
July 1, 2021