A champion of reducing the role of money in politics, McCain apparently can’t bring in enough to stay competitive.
He’s probably finished. This sort of news will send donors and supporters scurrying for a better place to invest their financial and political capital.
What happened? Who knows? Maybe he’s simply passed his telegenic peak, which matters so much now. But there’s also long been something disjointed about McCain on the issues, something that makes it hard to perceive the unifying idea in his politics. It could be a sign of pragmatic brilliance, but one has to be able to convey it.
What do you make of McCain’s trouble?