“All of our internal numbers are good. That’s b.s.,” says a Washington-based Kerry adviser. “Everyone wants to help us win. Most of these folks are coming to us wanting to help. We’re not going to them. It’s not desperation at all.”
But for two weeks, Kerry and some of his senior advisers have been frustrated that their message on Iraq and the U.S. economy has fallen flat, and that subordinate spokespeople aren’t getting the job done in the war of words with the Bush campaign.
“[Kerry] has flattened out,” says a Democratic political consultant in Washington. “The campaign might not be saying it, but Democrats are concerned. Those people that are coming to the campaign offering help aren’t doing it to jump on a winning bandwagon, they’re offering to help because they see the beginnings of a leaky ship.”
It isn’t clear where the McCurry rumor started, but he would be a welcome addition for the “Boys on the Bus.” McCurry built up a strong reputation among national political reporters during his time in the Clinton White House, as both a tenacious defender of his boss, and a helpful conduit of information, off the record briefings, and background remarks for reporters in need of a story.
“Neither campaign has someone like McCurry right now, and he’s the kind of guy who could make a difference,” says the Democratic consultant. “Reporters love him, and Kerry would like his attitude. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a reaction to [Karen] Hughes coming back for Bush.”
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A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?