Another McCain obituary

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Jun 13, 2007 9:20 AM

This one from the Washington Times.

Party fundraisers say potential McCain donors are hanging back while Republican voters register rage over the Arizona senator's backing of the immigration reform bill, which was sidetracked in the Senate last week.

The fundraisers say the party's base remains annoyed with Mr. McCain's refusal to say the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law was a mistake that hurt free speech and helped wealthy Democratic donors and that his initial opposition to President Bush's tax cuts was meant to endear him to independents and Democrats.

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Chuck Laudner, the executive director of Iowa's Republican Party, said Mr. McCain's support of the immigration bill "killed him in Iowa."

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"I believe the wheels are beginning to come off the McCain campaign," said the chairman of a state Republican Party in the mid-Atlantic, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "At a state chairmen's meeting in South Carolina recently, the overwhelming view was that the charisma was gone, the sizzle was gone from McCain maybe not for good. Maybe he could revive. But the excitement is not there."

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Pollster Scott Rasmussen yesterday called Mr. McCain's plunge in support "startling."
"The man once considered the dominant front-runner in the race is now supported by just 11 percent of likely Republican primary voters nationwide," Mr. Rasmussen said yesterday. "That's down from 17 percent in May and 14 percent a week ago. His support is just half of what it was in January."

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"Much too soon to conclude anything like that," pollster John Zogby said. "His money is low, his numbers are anemic, his stance on the war is out of the mainstream, and he got hurt with conservatives on immigration, but he is still John McCain, a war hero, a maverick and a man with a story to tell."