CNN is reporting that Senator John McCain’s campaign has had yet another lackluster quarter for fundraising, raising just 11.2 million dollars, down from the 13.6 million dollars he raised during the last quarter. As if that’s not bad enough news for the McCain campaign, it’s being reported the campaign’s cash on hand is somewhere around 2 million dollars. This recent fundraising letdown has led to a prompt reorganization of the McCain campaign, with at least 50 staffers being let go. This is the second round of layoffs for the McCain campaign, a grim reminder of how far he’s fallen since his days as the presumptive frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Senator McCain now trails Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson in most of the polls that matter, and I can’t help but wonder if we’re watching the dying breaths of a floundering campaign.

Personally, I’m glad to see Senator McCain’s campaign faltering, because something about him always bothered me. I’ve always taken issue with Senator McCain trying to paint himself as a maverick within the Republican Party (anyone remember the Straight Talk Express from the 2000 campaign?) when in all reality he’s as conservative as just about any member of the United States Senate. I’m glad that Senator McCain’s finally been exposed as just another typical Republican, and I can’t help but laugh at how his blind devotion to George W. Bush’s handling of the War in Iraq has led to the inevitable demise of his campaign. Perhaps Senator McCain should have been a little more of a maverick when it came to Iraq – if he had, perhaps he’d find his campaign on more solid ground.

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