Straight Talk Express Picks Up Hitchhiker from Hell

Blah blah blah Geezer chooses new campaign chief blah blah blah — what’s this?

[Steve] Schmidt is a veteran of President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and he worked closely with Karl Rove…

Mr. Schmidt’s elevation is the latest sign of increasing influence of veterans of Mr. Rove’s campaign efforts in the McCain operation… Greg Jenkins, another veteran of Mr. Rove’s operation, has joined the McCain communications operation. Mr. Jenkins is a former Fox News producer…

Normally we ignore inside baseball as even more boring than real baseball, but what with the recent talk of sellouts, we thought it instructive to show how real men cash in. These are the folks who perfected push-polling against McCain, who ran the black-baby line against him, who insinuated he was a mentally unstable Manchurian Candidate after his POW years. And now they’re running his show.

We can’t deny the smears: McCain is indeed suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. But his captors aren’t the Viet Cong.

McCain Orders Shake-Up of His Campaign [NYT]

John McCain 2000: The Swiftboaters’ First Mission [HuffPo, 2006]

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