Over at The Fix, Chris Cillizza has a list of the top ten strategic moves Senator McCain can make to strengthen his candidacy:
9. Stop Criticizing Outside Groups: McCain may not like all of the outside money coursing through the system but in an election where he is likely to be badly outspent by the Democratic nominee and his (or her) allied groups, McCain needs some third party spending on his side as a counterweight. McCain has made his disdain for 527s and 501(c)(4)s clear over the past few years, and the donors who fund these groups know it. Republican strategists worry that if McCain is too tough on these conservative aligned groups the donors may take their money and walk away, a situation that many GOP operatives would equate to fighting the general election with one hand tied behind their backs.
"527’s need to be eliminated…these so-called 527’s – 527s are a disgrace and they have to be eliminated because they are a clear violation of the law." – John McCain, October 21, 2007