Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain's woes in Florida

The Orlando Sentinel yesterday published a story about McCain's campaign in Florida, a state where 11 of the last 12 polls have showed Barack Obama with a lead. An adviser to the McCain campaign has called the Florida operation the "most poorly run presidential campaign of the last 25 years. It's truly Dukakis-like." The concerns Republicans are expressing in Florida strike a singularly unified theme. Said one operative:
They have absolutely no strategy for winning. I see . . . no rhyme or reason to this campaign or its scheduling or its planning.
A co-chair of Bush's Florida operation from 2004 observed:
I wish we were better organized.
Another Republican operative opined:
We need a 120-yard Hail Mary pass.
The article quotes one Republican operative as saying:
Who's in charge? They're flying this plane, and nobody's in the cockpit.
As a counterpoint, The Sentinel describes the Obama campaign in Florida this way:
The Illinois senator has flooded Florida with more than 300 staffers and thousands of volunteers. He has opened about 50 offices and, in recent weeks, outspent McCain 3-to-1 on television advertising.
Florida has 27 electoral votes.


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