Terry Nelson

Mccain-omon

There are multiple views of today's McCain campaign defenestrations. Marc Ambinder has McCain people telling him that Terry Nelson wasn't fired. Jonathan Martin, meanwhile, reports that Nelson was fired--which led to John Weaver and Mark Salter's resignations. Everyone seems to agree that none of the departures were amicable and that Rick Davis, who ran McCain's campaign in 2000, is now in charge. P.S. For old time's sake, now would seem like a good time to read Conor Clarke's TNR takedown of Terry Nelson, back when Nelson was still McCain's campaign manager and was seemingly riding high.

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Smelly Nelly

IN THE SUMMER of 2004, when the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked John Kerry with a series of ads challenging his service in Vietnam, the hapless candidate had a defender across the aisle: John McCain. Shortly after the ads hit the airwaves, the Arizona senator called the smear campaign “dishonest and dishonorable” and urged President Bush to condemn it.

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