You know, Chris Christie's absence leaves a pretty massive hole in the Republican primary field. Quite frankly, I don't know if any single candidate will be able to fill that void. The political heft that he would have brought to the race… The weight of his business expertise…
What I'm saying is that the guy is really fat.
Coverage continues with McCain '08 campaign manager Rick Davis after the jump.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Davis, Sarah Palin, Science & Technology, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
I can't say why exactly, but McCain campaign manager Rick Davis' super-realistic optimism about the state of the race going into the home stretch do not in any way remind me of Clinton campaign manager Terry McAuliffe's similar optimism in the waning days of the Democratic primaries…
Nor does it at all remind me of the alternative secret mathematics that Karl Rove's used to predict the huge Republican congressional wins in 2006.
I guess some people are just smarter than the rest of us.
Tags: Election Day, John McCain, Karl Rove, Rick Davis, Terry McAuliffe
So let's recap: New polls show Barack Obama has widened his leads in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. Voters are blaming House Republicans for the failure of the bailout legislation on Monday, and no one is able to explain how — or if — John McCain made a difference in the bill negotiations.
Now GOP strategists are urging McCain to turn things around by outlining a clear plan for the economy, reassuring a shaken nation with some dignified words of wisdom and taking the media's questions head-on, like the straight talker he is.
Ha ha! Just kidding. Hey, did you hear that Barack Obama's best friend is a radical hippie terrorist?
GOP officials also believe that a sustained attack on Obama's ties to his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, scandal-stained businessman Tony Rezko and former radical war protester William Ayers could sway undecided voters…
"We're not talking, for instance, about the radical associations that Barack Obama has, with Mr. Ayers, Tony Rezko and so on," [Tennessee GOP Chairman Robin] Smith said. "More could be done."
Murray Clark, the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, said he is eager for Obama's "troubling relationships" to be aired in his state. "I think those things will come up in Indiana again and they do have an impact on mainstream voters in Indiana. You call it going negative, [but] whoever … is in a position to point out these relationships, I think it's helpful."
Yes, Murray, it certainly is helpful. I'm sure that pointing out these "troubling relationships" will make a big difference for those undecided voters who are worried about things like gas prices, unemployment, the Iraq war and this econopocalypse we seem to still be having.
Besides, pointing out "troubling relationships" is fun! Like the time everybody pointed out McCain campaign manager Rick Davis's handouts from Freddie Mac. Very troubling!
Oh, was that not what you meant?
Tags: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, John McCain, Rick Davis, William Ayers
Okay, so Wall Street is in flames, Brooks Brothers-suited men are jumping from every available window, and bears are mauling investors left and right. But we can all rest easy knowing that John McCain and his advisers is on the case. They'll get us out of this mess.
How can we be so sure? Well, McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis has an intimate understanding of how this disaster went down.
Because Davis was intimately involved with the disaster, until, oh, um… about a month ago…
One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain's campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.
The disclosure undercuts a statement by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years.
Mr. Davis's firm received the payments from the company, Freddie Mac, until it was taken over by the government this month along with Fannie Mae, the other big mortgage lender whose deteriorating finances helped precipitate the cascading problems on Wall Street, the people said.
Hmmm… You know, I'm not much of a financial person — in fact, I invest strictly in alcoholic beverages and pain-killers — but it seems odd to me that McCain's campaign manager would continue drawing a salary from Freddie Mac without having any involvement in the company.
Maybe not quite "illegal" but certainly "morally challenged" or "totally fucked up." But, what do I know? I'm drunk and stoned.
So, wait, he must have been doing something for the company if they were gonna pay him that kind of money for not doing anything…
They said they did not recall Mr. Davis's doing much substantive work for the company in return for the money, other than speak to a political action committee of high-ranking employees in October 2006 on the approaching midterm Congressional elections.
They said Mr. Davis's firm, Davis & Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis's close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.
I understand all those words, but the sentences don't make any sense. Maybe it's because I've been told over and over again how much of a "reformer" John McCain is and how he'd never allow his campaign to be influenced by corporate fatcats.
Oh, no, wait… It's because I'm falling into a K-hole.
Tags: Economy, John McCain, Rick Davis
Somebody in the McCain campaign must have read about the information superhighway in a newspaper or something.
And then they somehow figured out how to hook a television camera up to a word processor and modem up a video of charismatic and telegenic campaign manager Rick Davis doing what appears to be a Max Headroom impersonation…
What exactly are they asking for? Video biographies of our friends and neighbors and what great Americans they?
Unless our friends and neighbors are named John McCain and they happen to be running for president, I don't see how this is advantageous to them in the slightest.
But I hope people send stuff in. This could be hilaritastic.
Tags: John McCain, Rick Davis