GOP Strategist: McCain Put Country at Risk With Palin

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Add Matthew Dowd to the growing list of senior Republican advisers rebuking Sen. John McCain.

Dowd, chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s reelection, fingered Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination as a turning point in McCain’s slide.

“They didn’t allow John McCain to pick the person he wanted for Vice President,” Dowd said, referring to Sen. Joe Lieberman, which undercut his experience argument and tethered McCain to the GOP base.

“He knows in his gut he put somebody unqualified on the ballot,” Dowd stressed, “and put the country at risk.”

Dowd also said the Palin pick, in contrast to Sen. Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, showed voters which candidate was “serious” about governing.

The sharp assessment was issued at a Tuesday panel at the TimeWarner summit, a two-day gathering of politicos and reporters in Manhattan. (I also spoke at the conference.)

Dowd was rebutted by Mark McKinnon, a former strategist for Bush and McCain, who said no one knows what is in McCain’s head regarding his V.P. pick.

Dowd also knocked McCain’s strategic acumen, arguing that the campaign is “very tactical and not strategic,” flatly saying, “I don’t get the narrative.”

Since his time campaigning for Bush, Dowd went public with his opposition to the Bush administration’s record and the Iraq war.

Comments

9 Comments

Bilby
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 11:44 am

I don't see what's such big news since Matthew Dowd went off the reservation some time ago. The title of this piece is misleading because it gives the impression Dowd just now “coming out” against McCain. Is this supposed to feed the narrative that even Republicans are jumping ship?


Bilby
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 11:49 am

Oh, nevermind. I just did some research and discovered you post at the Huffington Post.


Matthew
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

More times than not I have voted Republican in presidential races. That stopped when George W. was nominated for obvious reasons. Unfortunately it turns out I was correct about him & his cronies.
McCain is not the same man he was 8 years ago. I would have gladly voted for him. Palin is an insult. She can't even complete a sentence that hasn't been written for her.
Pretty much if you vote Republican this time around you would vote for any Republican.
As Bob Dole used to say “Where is the outrage?” This ticket is an insult to all thinking Americans.


Bilby
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

I don't see what's such big news since Matthew Dowd went off the reservation some time ago. The title of this piece is misleading because it gives the impression Dowd just now “coming out” against McCain. Is this supposed to feed the narrative that even Republicans are jumping ship?


Bilby
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

Oh, nevermind. I just did some research and discovered you post at the Huffington Post.


Matthew
Comment posted October 14, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

More times than not I have voted Republican in presidential races. That stopped when George W. was nominated for obvious reasons. Unfortunately it turns out I was correct about him & his cronies.
McCain is not the same man he was 8 years ago. I would have gladly voted for him. Palin is an insult. She can't even complete a sentence that hasn't been written for her.
Pretty much if you vote Republican this time around you would vote for any Republican.
As Bob Dole used to say “Where is the outrage?” This ticket is an insult to all thinking Americans.


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