Update 10/08: Note, this article is from 2007.
Recently, I've stated that John McCain is in the first stages of his second failed presidential election campaign:
McCain has experienced the first stages of his second failed presidential election campaign. Two of his top advisors have resigned, marking the beginning of the end for his campaign. He is lagging in polls, lagging in respect from his party (for his immigration stance), and the public (for his support of the army surge). McCain is done for, yet again, there is always a spot for vice presidency right? Mitt Romney is next to go, just wait.
Yet McCain is still fighting, still trying to hold strong. Maybe I was wrong in predicting his defeat. One thing that is surprising to me is that the media is giving McCain no coverage. They are treating the guy as if he is already a second tier candidate. Huckabee seems to be getting more airtime and he hasn't even passed McCain in the polls (at this moment in the national polls, McCain is still beating Huckabee for the RCP poll average of August by 7.7 after taking a slight downturn overall). I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. from The American Spectator who views the media isn't giving McCain enough credit where it is do.
Call me a contrarian if you will, but the gloomy media mood shrouding the McCain candidacy is a reflection of the unseriousness inherent in the presidential campaign at this point in the news cycle. By historic standards McCain is perfectly acceptable as a presidential candidate. His presence in the Oval Office would be no surprise to Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. The Democratic front runners' would. Being once a first lady in the most scandal-plagued presidency of recent memory or being a United States senator with only three years of service in the Senate are not sufficient qualifications for the Oval Office. In fact, they are the most meager qualifications of any frontrunners in modern American history.
Hopefully I was wrong about McCain and he does pull through (hope is the word). He did make an appearance on The Daily Show showing optimism towards his chances.
He has also released a new campaign video.
Yet with Thompson entering the race next month, the hype over him will surely cloud over McCain's chances.
McCain, saying no to quitting.