NRO’s Campaign Spot has details on the departure of 5 high-level staffers from the John McCain campaign. Combined with the paltry fundraising over the last quarter, it doesn’t seem like McCain will be able to keep going for much longer.
It’s a shame in many ways. I cannot tolerate McCain’s position on campaign finance reform as I find it to be an unconstitutional abridgment of freedom of speech. I dislike his position on immigration. I don’t believe his position on torture is appropriate, although I respect his moral stance on the issue.
However, when it comes to fiscal discipline and the global war on terror, McCain has been one of the most stalwart and principled leaders. He has never backed down from these fights, and even now that the war is incredibly unpopular, McCain won’t change his tune for the sake of political expediency. Senator McCain has more backbone than anyone in the Senate, and at the end of the day when it comes to the two most crucial issues for the future of the Republic, McCain is on the right side.
McCain may not be Presidential material, but he is a leader of principle and strength, and even when he’s on the wrong side of an issue, it’s because he believes in that position. We need more like Senator McCain, even if not in the Oval Office.
UPDATE: Jim Geraghty thinks that McCain won’t bow out yet, which seems right. The big question is how long McCain can go without picking up more momentum — and the field just doesn’t have much room for him at this point. There doesn’t seem to be a way for McCain to truly turn things around, absent a major fallout with one of the other candidates. That certainly is possible, but can McCain bank on it?