The GOP Strikes Back, at McCain

Listen, when Tiger Woods make a bad shot he doesn’t reflect on it as he walks to the next hole, he puts it behind him and focus on the shot he has in front of him. When Kobe Bryant misses a free throw he doesn’t beat himself up over it, he makes the next one and 10 more points after that. If T.O. (Terrell Owens) misses a catch he doesn’t cry about… well bad example. The point I’m making is that you can’t dwell on what you didn’t do while you’re still playing the game. If you do you lose focus. It’s alright to be realistic, but save the blame for the locker room.

This goes for Democrats as well as Republicans, do not count your eggs before they’ve hatched.

With despair rising even among many of John McCain’s own advisers, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of the blame game and the could of should of would of.

John the Grumpy Old Man as some top Republican officials view him is throwing the kitchen sing not at Obama, but at his own party.

An unnamed top campaign adviser said, “There is no communication. It drives you crazy.”

At his Northern Virginia headquarters, (I guess that’s in “Real Virginia” part) some McCain aides are already speaking of the campaign in the past tense. Morale, even among some of the heartiest and most loyal staffers, has plummeted. And many past and current McCain advisers are warring with each other over who led the candidate astray.

One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what he said were senior McCain aides — a breach of custom for even the worst-off campaigns.

It’s not an extraordinarily happy place to be right now, I’m not going to lie. It’s just unfortunate.” said one senior McCain aide.

“If you really want to see what ‘going negative’ is in politics, just watch the back-stabbing and blame game that we’re starting to see,” said Mark McKinnon, the ad man who left the campaign after McCain wrapped up the GOP primary. “And there’s one common theme: Everyone who wasn’t part of the campaign could have done better.”

“The cake is baked,” agreed a former McCain strategist. “We’re entering the finger-pointing and positioning-for-history part of the campaign. It’s every man for himself now.”

I guess the most recent Republican endorsements of Obama will not make matters any better. Scott McClellan, Former Minnesota Governor Arnie Carson and the one I couldn’t believe the Grandchildren of Republican Icon Barry Goldwater speaking on behalf of her siblings all has endorsed the Democrat, Barack Obama. I would love to see how the Rush Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan’s of the GOP discredit them.

Meanwhile on the “Joe the Plumber” tour…

John McCain: We got them right where we want them.

That’s the spirit John. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, but don’t listen to me take it from “The Gambler” himself.

Additional References:

Politico – 10/23/08 “Blame Game: GOP Forms Circular Firing Squad

Washington Times – 10/23/08 “McCain Lambastes Bush Years

Daily Kos – 10/23/08 “CC Goldwater Endorses Obama

Derkeiler – 10/23/08 “Why McCain Has Lost Our Vote