May 21st, 2008
04:59 PM ET

McCain adviser resigns, doesn’t want to work against Obama


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

He urged the media, for example, to focus on important policy issues an "not just why Barack [doesn't] wear flag pins on his lapel."

John McCain's chief media consultant is leaving his campaign because he doesn't want to work against Barack Obama.

Mark McKinnon says he's staying true to a vow he made months ago not to campaign against Obama. At the time, McKinnon said the election of Obama "would send a great message to the country and the world." Although McKinnon says he disagrees with Obama on issues like Iraq and he thinks McCain would make the best president, he still doesn't want to work against the likely Democratic nominee.

McKinnon insists he'll remain a "friend and fan" of McCain's campaign. He says he's just "moving from middle linebacker to cheerleader" for McCain.

McKinnon's resignation could symbolize some of the challenges John McCain might face running against an historic candidate like Barack Obama. In many ways, McCain is entering uncharted territory by running against the first black presidential candidate from a major political party.

Meanwhile, McKinnon becomes the sixth adviser to leave the campaign in recent days. And John McCain is now taking some heat from fellow Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. The Huffington Post reports Hagel says he's "very upset" with some of the things his longtime friend, McCain, has been saying. Hagel is especially disappointed with some of McCain's comments about Iran, as he attacks Obama on foreign policy. Hagel says he thinks McCain "is smarter than some of the things he is saying" and hopes there will be a "higher-level discourse" come the general election. This is from his friend.

Here’s my question to you: What’s the significance of a top McCain adviser resigning because he doesn’t want to work against an historic Obama candidacy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mishael from Florida writes:
My hat is off. He said months ago that this is what he would do and he has kept his word. I for one will take it at face value. Just maybe more campaign "experts" will pay attention and get us all away from the nasty, negative personal politics which has become the norm. Politics was never "clean", but we are sinking to new lows and it is killing democracy!

Matthew from Auburn, Alabama writes:
It means that even those in the McCain camp know what's coming and some of them do not want to be blamed for attempting to stop it. Obama will win states that a Democrat never dreamed of winning again. Some in the Republican Party do not want to be associated with what they know will be an utter failure.

D. writes:
It seems there are men of character in the Republican Party. McKinnon and Hagel are making it clear they won't stand for the campaign to turn into a free-for-all. It's a pity (for the Republicans) that the example doesn't come from their nominee himself.

Scott from North Carolina writes:
Change is coming, Jack, and he knows it. I think he is just getting out of the way so that he doesn't get stream-rolled along with the rest of the Republicans.

Dominic from Hattiesburg, Mississippi writes:
It says all of the nonsense about opinion polls and Hillary's attempts to divide the Democratic Party in April and May will be long gone once Obama's historic general election campaign begins. Most of the so-called problems to Obama's campaign are media-manufactured to keep the public from falling asleep while Hillary pouts in the sandbox.

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  1. Greg ...Cabot AR

    It's obvious, who would want the latest entry on their resume to show they helped crew the Titanic..........it they want any future job as a campaign adviser, they best to get off the ship before it sails into the general election "Storm of the Century"...

    May 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Marie

    I think that's a true measure of Obama. McCain supporters moveto his side. Clinton supporters move to his side. Incidentally, you should look at how many of the McCain 2000 staff have gone to Obama. You'll be surprised.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Michael In Maine

    It proves that there is at least one Republican left out there with a little bit of class!

    Michael In Skowhegan

    May 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  4. Conservative -CA

    This proves that Republicans are converting to Obamacans. The message it sends out is that even his own campaign wants change from the GWBush era.

    I'm convinced that there are smart people in the McCain campaign afterall. His own advisers are standing up against McCain, going for Obama and more Republicans are soon to follow.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  5. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Lets see here. Another McCain person dropped out? Hmmm....The Democrats have a woman who won't give it up. I have a suggestion. McCain can call upon Hillary to be his V. P and then maybe that will be the only way either can win. You think?.....Nah

    May 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  6. Amnesty IS Treason

    wimpish comes to mind; morality went out the window after the 2000 general election!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  7. sarah, Indiana

    perhaps he does not want to be called an ignorant, uneducated, racist war monger. that is what most of obama's supporters call anyone who does not support their candidate. maybe he figures that any reasonable question of obama's qualifications, experience and judgement will get him an unpleasant label that will stay with him, and he just does not want to get stuck with the slime the obama zealots like to sling.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Jerry Hawthorne Ca

    Jack! The man has seen something better for America! Why run against good cause. He is a true American. We all need a change and a better for our future, for our chiidren, grandchildren and great-grand children and on and on. This is the beginning. God Bless America

    May 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Lori/Battle Creek, MI

    It means that there are some people, even republicans that still have integrity.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Dave in Astoria

    I expect it's because of the type of comments that Huckabee and probably others will inevitably say during the coming campaign ( assuming that any of the McCain minions have a conscience) that will hurt the democratic process.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Marian

    Probably because he realizes (from watching over the past several months) that if anyone says anything challenging about Obama, the Obama campaign will whine and call them a racist.

    Marian Hargis
    Kokomo, IN

    May 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  12. Tom - Virginia

    Jack –

    Who is left to run the McCain campaign if all the lobbyists are forced out and those with any sence of morals defect to Obama?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  13. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    Seems to me his advisor shouldn't have picked Mccain to advise then.
    We are not electing advisors. We are electing the next president of the United States.
    At this juncture I personally could care less if McCain had his palm read and used a bag of chicken bones thrown into a circle as his advisor.
    Anything is better then Obama or Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  14. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    As much as everyone wants to deny it,race will be a major focus of the campaign. This McCain functionary probably does not want to destroy their career by running attack ads against Obama. We may deny it,but the cries of racism will happen.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  15. James in Cape Coral, FL

    It's significant because it shows how uneasy republicans are this election season. Their out ther talking tough and making claims on how everything will come out about Obama during the general election. But after a year of campaigning they still have nothing on the freshman senator from Illinois and are begining to realize the long road that lies ahead. Maybe they finally got it through their thick heads that Americans are fed up with buisness as usual and one by one they are deciding to stand with the majority of us and declare enough is enough.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  16. Dick B

    I think it means that Obama will no longer have an insider in the McCain campaign. I suspect the mole was discovered and he ran out the back entrance before he was flushed out with sewer water.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    You mean McCain actually had someone working for him who wasn't a lobbyist?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  18. Joe in DE

    As far as the race goes, it means nothing. It sure would be interesting to know the real motivation.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  19. HENRY

    Probably because he doesn't understand what the hell Mccain is talking about either!!

    katy texas

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  20. Jacklyn in NC

    Jacki, this is a crazy race! Maybe he wants to move into the Obama camp and spy for John McCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  21. Rudy, New Rochelle, NY

    It could mean the sign of negative and perhaps illegal things to come out of Camp McCain. It could mean that the individual has a fundemental difference on the direction the GOP campaign wants to go. But, I believe it means that someone has an honest belief in what is best for America.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  22. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    Simple , the advisor doesn't support McCain's policy or he has been offered more by the media or the Obama campaign to cause a little media story to help Barack. Oh by the way it will need all the help it can get come november.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  23. Chryssa

    This is typical of many McCain supporters. They'd come out to vote against Hillary, not support McCain. It's a sad place to be, as a voter, but many people are.

    Boise, Idaho

    May 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  24. Steve Idaho

    By the time all the lobbyist and a conscientious objectors jump McCain's Straight Talk Express Ship, all he'll have left is Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman to help him with his campaign. Obama has just begun his campaign against McCain and already the polls show the percentage for Obama over McCain growing steadily. McCain's recent flip-flops in policy and his defense for the Bush foreign policies is just making it easier for Oboma to win the fall.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  25. Carrie, Southern Wisconsin

    The man understands what morality is all about. He actually gets it.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  26. Kevin in Mass

    McCain should drop out and let Clinton and Obama fight it out till Nov.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  27. Cliff Dick

    It means that the person wants a job with the Situation room or with MSNBC

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  28. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.


    We're talking about Barack Obama here. This is the same guy that single-handedly dismantled the big, bad Clinton Machine!

    We're talking about a black man that convinced an ex-klansman to endorse him. That alone speaks volumes!

    Whether you like him or hate him, Barack Obama is a special individual.

    Either that, or McCain's advisor is a real wuss!

    May 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  29. mitch martin arkansaw

    it's wierd,but,ok.maybe he feels as patriotic as i've become since i joined the obama movement .

    May 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  30. Erin from Yuma, AZ

    Smart move. McCain is in for a spanking. This advisor obviously figures he might as well get out now before he finds himself in some sort of terribly embarrassing situation like Terry McAlluffe going on t.v. everyday making false claims for his candidate that he knows has already lost! Why should McCain's advisor look like just as big a fool? Get out! Obama is fixin' to clean McCain's clock and this guy knows it.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  31. Conservative -CA


    He must've had a vision!!!!


    May 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  32. Mark - Asheville, NC

    That is what the adviser SAID. I simply do not beleive it. Who knows the real reason?

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  33. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Luckily most of the Republican attack dogs don't have a conscience, and we'll still be exposed to Willie Horton, Swift-boating, and more in the fall. Any chance of a reasonable election cycle will depend on these people actually wanting what's best for Democracy, and that ain't gonna happen.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Ann Marie in Georgia

    McCain's adviser understands that they are running against destiny and a moment in history. This is not politics as usual. The favor of God is with Obama because he is honest and truthful. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:22, �The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.�

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  35. David Alexandria, VA

    It's significant because it shows that there are people shallow enough to worry that opposing a "historic" candidate on the basis of political preference is somehow a personal negative. Obama should neither win nor lose the presidency because of race. Anyone who thinks otherwise is also shallow, or bigoted, or both. This is an election of the president of the US and the leader of the free world in challenging times. It is not a social experiment, for heaven's sakes.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  36. Jayne in NH

    Wow. This must be a first. McCain might end up being the first candidate without an entourage. If this isn't a hint of things to come, I don't know what is.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  37. John in San Diego

    For one thing, it shows that McCain lacks the requisite “judgment” he claims, at least when it comes to choosing important advisors.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  38. Jerry

    At least there is one less racist on the Republican side.
    One down and many more to go.

    Roselle, Illinois

    May 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  39. Phil in Wenatchee, WA

    It means that a few Republicans still have some common sense and know when to come in out of the rain. They have realized that they have been on a sinking ship captained by a man who has all the classic symptoms of dementia.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  40. Mike, Syracuse NY

    He must have been slipped some of the same Koolaid that all the other mezmerized Obamites are drinking.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    It shows that not only is Obama electable, but even the republicans will shift to his side in November. They keep trying to say Hillary will be the best candidate because they know they can beat her.

    May 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  42. Paul from Columbia, SC

    It doesn't amount to a hill of beans. The only feeling that I have gotten from this whole campaign from either side is overwhelming nausea. I guess the taste of "change" bologna is turning my stomach.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  43. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The poor guy just knows in his heart that Barack is the better candidate who can improve our economy and get us out of the war! Look at all the mistakes McCain has made on the stump of late. Surely Americans don't want 4 more years of George Bush; McCain has the potential to be even worse–I wouldn't put it past him to bomb Iran which would stir up even more trouble for us in the Middle East. The "urgency of now" implores us to elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States!

    May 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  44. Karen - Branson MO

    As usual, there's probably more to this story than meets the eye. The biggest significance is that all McCain's lobbyist friends are out. Why did McCain wait 15 months to do that? To make him look good during the election? Ok...so that might work in West Virginia and Kentucky, but the rest of us don't buy it for a second.

    One of the other posters is right...McCain/Clinton ticket sounds about right. Besides, they're such good friends, my friend.

    Or maybe McKinnon just doesn't want to work for free.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  45. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I don't think this says much about McCain's candidacy, but about the personal feelings of Mr. McKinnon. I think what's more telling is Hagel's criticism of John McCain. Bush opened his mouth and McCain piped in "i concur." I think McCain is miscalculating, although I'm sure he'll make the traditional run to the center after his predictable run to the right in the primary. Obama is not invincible, but I don't know who out there could beat him – it certainly doesn't seem to be McCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  46. Jon from Austin, TX

    It means that he's seen many of the upcoming mudslinging attacks the Republicans are planning for Obama and he wants to be no part of it. The Republicans plan on "Getting Ugly Out There" come general election time. Mark McKinnon just might be more interested on focusing on the issues that will help turn this country around rather than getting into a dirty war of words.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  47. David

    With gas & food prices sky rocketing, who would blame him to jump a sinking ship. We have to look at the President as someone to count on @ 3am and even the children know who to support.

    I think a heavy dose of reality goes along way, in the midst of a corrupt fantasy.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  48. gina


    That man wants to quit a winner...he knows Obama will just crush
    McCain in the general election.

    Hillary should follow suit.


    May 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  49. lou from Iowa

    I think this is a pretty powerful statement. This man recognizes that history is being made here, and he is stepping out of the way so it can progress.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  50. Paulina

    He sees Change and doesn't want to fight it.

    Tampa, FL

    May 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Anthony Smith

    As we speak, he is releasing a presser that he will officially endorse Obama at 6pm EST. Bandwaggoner!!!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    May 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  52. Al, Lawrence KS

    Maybe he just doesn't like to watch Lawrence Welk. The bubbles and all.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  53. Bob from Richmond VA

    Jack, It looks like McKinnon genuinely admires Obama and he knows that the Republicans are going to launch an ugly, contemptible campaign against Obama. McCain's campaign won't be able to control the RNC and will be forced to participate in the attacks as the Republicans desperately attempt to retain power.

    Either that or he was just looking for a good excuse to get out.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  54. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    He doesn't want to be on a sinking ship 🙂

    May 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  55. sandra/alberta

    Dear Jack : I don't know about significance, however I can understand Mr. McKinnon not wanting to be part of any process that takes Sen. Obama away from the American people.


    May 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  56. J Buch

    It's nothing but "baloney" talk. He's worried nothing in it for him down the line – the Ameican Way called "greed".
    Joan B

    May 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  57. Dennis from Phoenix

    Same stuff...different day....

    May 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  58. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Jack the next thing that is going to happen is John McCain will leave because he will not want to campaign against Obama. Atleast in my world that is what I wish would happen!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  59. Ralph in New York

    Jack, whether Obama or Clinton becomes the Democratic Candidate to President, the historiical significance is so great that many do not know how to handle the situation and afraid they will embarrass themselves if not the GOP and its Presidential Candidate.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  60. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It shows that some people are tired of the same old thing and are now realizing that change is inevitable and misery is optional. To stay where they are is miserable.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  61. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Hi Jack – Probably not much significance in the big scheme of things. It doesn't make much sense if this guy does indeed believe that McCain would make the best president. I think this is an isolated incident.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  62. A Kraft Naples, FL

    he knows McCain is supported by crooked lobbyists..this is just to save face by getting out of supporting this crook

    May 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  63. Chris Swansea, MA

    If John McCain keeps losing advisers he's gonna end up with Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  64. Phil From Ashburn, VA

    Because he does not want to stand against history in the making.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  65. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Shows that no matter how much contempt I have for the veracity of all Republicans I always get shocked that there is still an honest, honorable Republican left. Iraq, Blackwater, non-competitive defense contract awards worth billions, Halliburton, the exemplary, merciful response of the administration to the people of New Orleans (sic!), the stolen election from Al Gore, when does this miasma of incompetence and outright theft end? When will this administration be held accountable for the rape of the Constitution and Bill of Rights? How soon can a Democratic administration repeal the Patriot Act?

    May 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  66. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I think that it is the sign of a person who is willing to stick to their principles...a rare commodity in Washington nowadays!

    May 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  67. Rosalynd Florida

    It is obvious to most of us, including McKennon, that Obama will be the next President. Why be on the wrong side of a man (Obama) who can move this country in the right direction. McKennon is keeping his word as promised to not be part of a smear campaign. McCain and Clinton could learn a few things about debating real issues instead of running a smear campaign against the opposition.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Gerard

    Jack.,...I commend the gentleman for steppin aside an not wanting
    to partake in this onslaught of moronic hatred that the republicans an John McCain will be spewing come this General Election proccess.

    I would hope that maybe Wolf or one of your colleagues could
    really ask The GOP : why is it that they offer this country the same
    stagnate presidential mold every 4 years....elderly fools who hate
    others in the world, have no idea what middle class an poor people
    are really all about...and they're very good at hiding behind the Good Lord and the flag.....it all seems very disturbing...who are these people? Gerard in Michigan

    May 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  69. dennis north carolina

    This is a person who sees change coming and doesnot want to down with the ship and the captain.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  70. J Atlanta

    The significance is that, on every imaginable level, Mr. McCain is posturing himself on the wrong side of historical events and the current political landscape. However Mr. McCain will prove himself as being undeserving of the executive office as he attempts to throw GOP styled sucker punches in growing frustration, and the election results will be embarrassing for both him and his party.

    May 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  71. Danielle, TX

    Perhaps, Mr. McKinnon is tired of the dirty politics the republican party likes to play, and chose not to be involved in the negative attacks he knows the republicans and McCain camp will launch against Obama.

    Dallas, TX

    May 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  72. DJ-Ocala, FL.

    He gave us his reasoning and as a life long Republican who is going to vote for Obama I too think it is time to send a message to the world that America is at long last maturing as a nation and will work for world peace and world respect not just for ourselves but for all nations. A man of conviction is a rare commodity today! My congratulations and respect to Mark McKinnon.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  73. shirley thibodeaux


    People are starting to see Sen McCain for what he truly is. Sen Obama is what this country needs right now. We need to heal and ONLY he can do that!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  74. Tiffeany La Mesa, CA


    YES HE CAN! This man has people who have never voted ready to rally around him. He represents the essence of what America is about, coming from a single mother and growing up bi-racial, he has a unique perspective that no other President has ever had. He's intelligent, educated and driven to help take this country to the next level and John McCain's former adviser realizes this.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  75. vanessa

    Jack ,
    This means change plain and simple.
    I think Obama should hire the fellow because I feel a change coming over him.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  76. Carol

    I also would love to support Obama but he can't win. He doesn't have enough expeirence and to much baggage he should have dropped off years ago... Maybe he just wants to be there to pick up the pieces. We should all have a friend like that.

    Carol In Oregon

    May 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  77. Nikki in Somerset, NJ


    It's just pure awesomeness.

    Somerset, NJ

    May 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  78. Patricia

    My Goodness...!!! An Honest Republican!!! I knew there were some of you out there!!!! Good For You!!!! What will you NEO-CONS do when more Real Republicans figure out they don't need you anymore??!!??
    Palmdale, Ca.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  79. Kristi - Chino Hills, CA

    He's a smart man and can see the future in Obama. While he remains a friend and "cheerleader" of McCain's, I think he realizes that McCain offers nothing to the people, especially in this time where Bush and his administration has just dug this country in a hole that only a significant change in policy will help.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  80. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    Perhaps more people want a change in how politics are done, they don't want to participate in the kind of negativism that is certain to erupt. Why don't McCain and Clinton get it?

    May 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  81. Jem

    Jack, when youre in the mist of the deep blue sea and not even your crew members want to send you a life preserver, well thats a sign that you are in a situation that is beyond rescue, and that the state of the Republican Party.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  82. Ray Kinserlow

    Dunno, maybe he's afraid of Barack, or more likely maybe he has an ax to grind. No matter what, welcome to the fold!

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  83. Anna, New York

    This means that McKinnin is one of many fine Republicans who know that vile attacks are not the way to go. I applaud McKinnon and others, Republican or Democrat, who want to run a clean campaign. The American public is hungry for honesty, truth and civility.
    I will vote for Obama.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  84. From California

    Can you send this article to Clinton campaign? Maybe I am hoping that seeing some integrity and honesty even among Republicans will cause her to drop out.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  85. Steve

    This doesn't appear to make any sense. Mark McKinnon who also worked for George W. Bush, says he thinks McCain would make the best president yet he doesn't want to campaign against Obama? Strange. What you left out of your story is McKinnon also says he will vote for McCain which makes this even more bizzare. This guy is afraid of winning and needs to see a shrink.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  86. Elizabeth

    McCain just does not have it! He is a sad candidate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did the Republicans reach SO LOW????????????????

    May 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  87. Billy Two Shoes in Dublin, OH

    Is it possible that these advisors are leaving due to the fact that they don't want to be involved and/or held responsible for the kind of political bashings that will inevitably occur through the presidential race? We all know these things get mean, and if they are not careful, the result of an ugly campaign could forge a division in the population of this nation that cannot be undone.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  88. Christine Marietta, GA

    Bush's use of his speech at the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel to attack Obama was telling. The presidential campaign will be another Republican attack fest. Longtime friend and fellow Republican Senator Chuck Hagel is upset with McCain. I believe, Mc Kinnon is getting out while he can still look in the mirror.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  89. Shtinbro, Chi-town

    No Nikki, you are.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  90. Pepou

    He is a very smart, honest man. Hat off !

    May 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  91. mary in severn

    I think McCain is better off W/O this guy. With friends like those... I bet he won't react the same way against those dirty attacks on Hillary. Hillaryy is a woman...

    May 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  92. james hoffman, Prescott, MI

    It is because he is a good person and can see the handwriting on the wall. He is doing what is best for the Country. God Bless him.

    Jim, Michigan

    May 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  93. Julian, New Orleans

    it shows that Obama is the strongest candidate. The people in America want change, they are not going to put something as trivial as race or character in place of America's future. John Mccain brings more of the same, voters are aware of that. Obama is the best chance we've had in long time for change in Washington, the Republicans are aware of that. And seeing as how the American people want change over race and personality, this reality frightens the GOP.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  94. Cindi

    The answer is obvious and I think McKinnon knows that McCain doesn't have any good arguments against Obama to discredit him.
    Most attacks that come from BOTH Clinton and McCain are trivial.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Brittney Mcclain


    This information speaks volumes to the kind of pressure McCain will be faced with over the summer and fall. He can't even keep his own people on his team. WOW! You don't even see brothers playing on opposing football teams do that.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  96. kothary, Canada

    Perfect example of diplomacy and political correctness !!

    I think just like an age where people can vote there got to be an age after which you can nor run for the President !!

    McCain is losing white cells in his brain too fast !!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  97. Bob Klepak


    H Historical nature
    U Unrealistic Expectations
    B Bubba insists
    R Revenge for Right-wing Conspiracy
    I It's owed to her
    S Smarminess

    May 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  98. Ellie, Boyds MD

    Ooops can you say "another on bites the dust"..... this is starting to sound familiar? Hummmm, everyone is leaving the Clinton camp and NOW they are leaving the McCain camp... how many does that make now 6 or 7 defectors?

    This is a warning sign people, you better WAKE up and get a clue!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  99. David O

    I guess there are still some decent and ethicakl members of the GOP.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  100. Erin

    As an Obama fan I have to scratch my head and say "I don't get it"

    The guy thinks McCain would be the better president and he doesn't agree with Obama on Iraq.

    Sorry, but this guy is an idiot

    May 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Dickie

    Yes, Hillary need to stay in the race. Why, its sexism now she still has her pants on....lot more lies to tell....hey white house has memories...want my share...bills has his....what about making me ambassador to Bosnia.. i like ducting shot.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  102. JD, Winnipeg Canada

    Jack, at the same time this is a good sign and a bad sign for McCain. Obviously losing a top adviser because he didn't want to work against Obama is a major blow to McCain as much as it is a sign of the respect people show for Obama.

    On the plus sign, McCain now has someone in his campaign that kept his word. No telling how he'll spin this one.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  103. ann

    Yes Obama will send a message to the world that he is inexperienced and arrogant and selfrighteous what a joke this is and as a citizen of the United states this is very scary as far as the question you ask let him leave I hope John brings in someone better and more experienced everything happens for a reason

    May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  104. Susan, Seattle

    The significance is that it is proof the McCain campaign and the GOP are planning to go WAY negative, even more than they normally do. But then, we all knew this.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  105. Rebecca

    The meaning I see in this resignation is that this man is a decent man who doesn't want to stoop down to the sewer politics the Republicans and McCain camp are going to attempt to throw at Obama. They are going to use the old "kitchen sink" strategy the Clinton camp tried to use but are going to take it to the next level and this decent man wants no part of it.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Ranjii

    It should be quite obvious that he has inside info relating to the McCain candidacy which leads him to believe it is a lost cause, so he is leaving before the ship sinks.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  107. robert

    Jack,Hillary knows she lost the nomination,she's only staying to divide the party and further push her sexist and racist agendas.She's a bitter woman who cannot accept defeat.She and everyone knew the rules concerning Florida and Michigan primaries.After all the Clintons injected race into the campain after South Carolina primaries.If the Demorcats lose in november,you can blame Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  108. Brendan M.

    Wow, someone in the McCain campaign who isn't going to flip-flop. I guess he isn't taking his cues from his boss, John McCain, who has changed positions on lobbyists in his campaign, immigration, tax cuts for the rich, our troop presence in Iraq (out ASAP, 100 years, 5 years, etc.), reproductive rights, "agents of intolerance" that become agents of getting the nomination, negative campaigning (Obama is the terrorists' candidate?), campaign finance reform, ethanol, the Confederate flag, and others. I'm impressed. Now if only you guys will report McCain's straight talk from both sides of his mouth.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  109. Anders Scooper

    Jack, it means that John McCain made a bad mistake when he hired this guy. If this guy supported Obama he probably was not well informed. If not Hillary, then McCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  110. Karl in CA

    It looks like he has read the Karl Rove NRC Playbook, cover to cover, and doesn't like that brand of slime and perversion. A Republican with class and good taste. How unique. Mr. McKinnon's actions could start the badly needed redemption of the Republican Party, but I doubt that will ever happen.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Terrance Miller

    Now That Is American! That is A Patriot. I wish it was him on the ticket instead of Mcain. I know he Will do the right thing for the people . He believes in substance and policy, He sees the message for the people. God He sounds like a real American.. God Bless Him. Take a page out of his book America.Outside of the Military we don't see true Patriotism anymore.

    terrance Miller
    Atlanta Ga

    May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  112. jennifer from Cape Cod

    None....he is just a wimp who can't handle all the tough-stuff that will ensue in this campaign....I can't wait till the gloves come off after the conventions...finally some decent television !

    May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  113. John Kelty

    It's a sign. A sign that there is still some hope for US politics!

    John from San Francisco

    May 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  114. Melissa

    Maybe because he doesn't want to have to imply that not only is Obama a muslim, but an extreme christian as well?

    May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  115. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Is it that advisers don't want to work for McCain, or is it that McCain wont take advice from his advisers? There's a big difference. Sounds to me McCain is more Bush then Bush is. It's Full Steam ahead for John McCain regardless of what anyone else says and if you're in his way...look out or you'll have tread marks on your back.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  116. Jim, Texas

    ...very significant and only reflects that McCain is up to no good. McKinnon is not new to the game. Imagine McCain and his advisors sitting around the table and McCain, who purports to be running a positive campaign, says "I cannot beat this Obama guy with factual truths so fabricate some dirt and PLEASE keep it on the topic of foreign policy, we can get away with that –it will take months before the media can educate the general public". The fact is that McKinnon is exhausted with lying to americans and convicted by Obama's message of change, truth and honor...he is also smart enough to know that the "old politics" will not work and more importanly, that America will soon be under new management.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  117. Chris from NY

    I am an Obama supporter. While I think his win will send a message to the country and the world, people are not going to vote for him on that basis alone. I decided to support Obama long ago because he appeals to my intelligence. He engages my intellect by what he says. I think that that's the reason people are attracted to his candidacy and not because he's black.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  118. Venia - Philadelphia

    I think it means the good man is tired of the same old politics of the republican party, he wants a change and recognizes class when he sees it in Obama. I still don't understand how anyone in good conscience could be a republican.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  119. Deborah from Sausalito, CA

    It means he can't fathom continuing to write towosets of talking points for McCain . . . one to come out of each side of his mouth.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  120. Prince Kaywood/New Orleans

    Would you place a bet on a horse you know will lose Jack. Let's face it, John MCcain is no Big Brown

    May 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  121. ken mayer Millington Mi

    Hello Jack. I Have always viewed or believed that the Republicans have always feared running against Sen Obama. Now more then ever i'm actually convinced of it, Sen Obamas message about taking on the lobbyist and pacs is scaring the be jesus out of them. Look at all the defections and resignations and dismissals of all the big hitting lobbyist from Sen Mc Cains campaign staff. McCain knows that they will be exposed as a business as usual orginization. The latest one to leave knows how ugly the Mc Cain / Republicans are going to be during the General Election. By the way anytime all the carl roves and newt gingriches of the republican party come out and say that Hillary Clinton is the best Democratic candidate then you know that they have no real plan of attack to stem the growing tide rising against them.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  122. Bruce St Paul MN

    So he thinks McCain would be the best president, but does not want to campaign against his rival? I think he may be in the wrong business. Or maybe he knows that the only way for McCain to win is to tear Obama down piece by piece with distortion, misdirection, innuendo, outright lies, and fear-mongering. If he can't handle that, then maybe he is in the wrong business, or at least in the wrong party.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  123. Paty CA

    I think the Message is becoming clear even to Republicans Obama has the message and vision that the Amercan people want to see.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  124. Taye

    Mc Cain should get a clue or take one from this advisor of his...... his candidacy is so flawed even the blind person can see it.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  125. Scott

    Maybe he has skeletons in his closet that he doesnt want brought to the attention of the American public during the general election campaign season that could possibly hurt McCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  126. BeeVee

    May be he knows how ugly McCain's campaign is going to get against Obama in the coming months.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  127. Janet, American in Canada

    Someone who sees the Truth! WOW! Another cross the floor for Obama! Welcome, to the Train of Honesty – Truth – Respect!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  128. Daisy

    Even some of the Rep. are watching up hard to believe!! Maybe tomorrow we will hear Sen MCSAME will see the light and come over to the winning side. GO OBAMA GO!!


    May 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  129. Wow

    You don't see this everyday. Just goes to show how dynamic and historic this election is. I applaud McKinnon for showing enough respect for who could potentially become the first African American person to be nominated to the highest office of the USA!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  130. Ken in NC

    I think Mark McKinnon is an honorable man. He made a decision as to what he would and would not do and he is sticking to his decision. That is more than can be said for many political workers.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  131. Cynthia, PA

    Good for Mckinnon! I wouldn't want to walk around with toilet paper stuck to my shoe either.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  132. T.Sims, Los Angeles

    Concience and not wanting to play a part in the death of America.
    Ours is not a Government of the GOP by the GOP and for the GOP.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  133. cindy

    Because he's obviously been offered a "high ranking"position in the Obama administration if he gets elected President.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  134. Eugene in Northern California

    McCain's adviser knows that it's the year of the democrat and no republican candidate will have much of a chance, after 8 unforgivable years under Bush. It's early though and anything can happen. Look at Senator Kennedy. You just never know.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  135. Daisy

    I think it GREAT!! I wouldn't be surprised before this is over that Pres. Bush isn't out campaigning for Obama with megephone and pom poms in hand yelling YES WE CAN!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  136. Mishael in Fl

    My hat is off. he said months ago that this is what he would do and he has kept his word. I for one will take it at face value. Just maybe more campaign "experts" will pay attention and get us all away from the nasty, negative personal politics which has become the norm. Politics was never "clean", but we are sinking to new lows and it is killing democracy!

    May 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  137. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's just another sign that Obama means trouble for the GOP in November. He's clearly the candidate of change that the country and world is hungry for.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  138. Michael Fermanich, Marintte, Wisconsin

    Jack; He was of the few smart Republicans by focusing on reality not arrogance.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  139. karen from philly

    I wish people realized this turnaround when Bill Richardson did this instead of calling him JUDAS. People should have realized that something must be wrong with Hillary if Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Al Gore haven't endorsed her.

    May 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  140. Matthew Cleckler - Auburn, Al

    It means that even those in the McCain camp know what's coming and some of them do not want to be blamed for attempting to stop it. Obama will win states that a democrat never dreamed of winning again. Some in the Republican party do not want to be associated with what they know will be, an utter failure.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  141. theresa from new jersey

    It means he has been converted to Obamacan Nation!......It's o.k. I was a Mike Huckabee supporter too and now I'm an Obama supporter....and i feel great about my decision....this country has a chance to become once again the most respected and loved country and we're hurting ourselves by being ignorant & racist.....I believe many people made up in their mind back in 1957 that they would never vote a barak obama and it's just sad....embrace the message for change and positive future......Obama/Nagel 2008/2012

    May 21, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  142. Francys

    I think it means that he simply has a conscience which does not seem to be the case with many republicans these days. He sees that the GOP are going to go dirty against him and he does not want to be part of it because it would attach his name to the nastiness still to come from the GOP.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  143. Tony Clarke

    Jack, KARMA is a.......... well we know the rest......

    May 21, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  144. armando

    Jack maybe the man saw the light at end of the tunnel.Maccain only has lobbist and dreams for doing only for the rich..just think about it OIL, bad economy,no jobs WAR and a Women who thinks she in to win..were in real trouble. Sen.OBAMA to the rescue

    May 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  145. Terri from Marietta, Ohio

    Maybe Ron Paul isn't out of the race after all.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  146. Valerie

    Well Jack, what do you think. I think Hillary drained everybody with her
    Republican politics. Mr. Mckinnon realizes that one exhausting primary will lead to an exhausting general election. After all isn't Sen. McCain dismissing some of his staff anyway. Mr. Mckinnon decided to jump off the boat before he was pushed. Good for you Mr. Mckinnon.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  147. Alex

    WOW, does this mean something to Hillary Clinton? I doubt if she gets it. I really admire McKinnon. He is putting his self interest before the interest of his country. Way to go!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  148. Lynda K - Roanoke, Virginia

    Why would electing Obama "send a great message to the country and the world"? I suppose because we are one of the few remaining countries in the world where placing a person of color in a job of responsibility is still novel.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  149. isaac

    Jack, this resignation is about math pure and smple. That math says that the Republicans are going to the "woodshed" in November. Any party that holds power when the economy tanks pays for it at the polls

    Additionally, Republicans had trouble fielding candidates in many states across the nation. Face it, the handwriting is on the wall is big block letters..... MOVE OUT!!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  150. Emma


    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  151. James W. Blevins

    Believing in principles on the part of a political adviser is harder than believing in little green men from Mars. You can be sure that he won't tell us what it really means.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  152. Ash

    Although I'm an Obama supporter, McCain had derailed last year but came back with a bang. I expect he'll do the same again except this time he won't be running against an incompetent cohort that included the likes of Romney and Guliani.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  153. Bruce

    Sounds like it could be a new episode of Riply's believe it or not ,titled 'a Republican with a consience.'

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  154. Allison B.

    I think it says exactly how nasty McCain is prepared to get. McCain has double-talked and gone back on his word more times than any human can count, and his advisors are beginning to realize this. His advisors and supporters are finally realizing just how low he's willing to stoop and they don't want to be a part of that. Finally some moral courage among one Republican.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  155. Dexter Simmons

    The near daily resignations and firings from McCain's camp remind us of what has often plagued the Clinton camp. They are characteristics of a flawed candidacy. Obama's camp has been solid for months and is now expanding to fight the McCain flak. The significance of the McKinnon resignation and the Hagel criticism is that maybe in the coming months Americans will objectively compare the Obama message to the Clinton and McCain messages without "colored glasses" on.

    Dexter Simmons
    Sugarloaf Key, FL

    May 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  156. Jon from Tempe, Az

    It shows that this will be a monumental year for Obama and the Democrats. McCain can not even keep his most loyal supporters excited about his candidacy.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  157. Bardia

    Well maybe he knew that he had to resort to dirty tactics as usuall, specially against Obama, and he could not bring himself to it, a Republican with a concenous, It is a miracle....

    May 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  158. Sebastien


    It means that even Obama's opponents can sense the special momentum and excitement behind an inspirational speaker like Barack. I don't blame him. Personally, I don't agree with everything Barack supports; I also am somewhat cautious about his lack of Washington experience.

    But that said, he is an amazing leader and I think some new blood with fresh ideas and approach could be great for Washinton right now.

    And honnestly, more than anything, America needs a true inspirational leader. A leader to inspire Americans, of both parties and all political ideologies, but also inspires the world - to both respect and love the United States again.

    We all know that policy is only half of it - he'll have plenty of advisors to help policy. McCain, too; let's not overrate experience and act as if the President is a one-man show.

    But 'leadership' is a one-man show, and we need someone to lift our hearts and spirits. Clinton nor McCain cannot do that. They're great politicians, but they're not inspiring.

    Obama is.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  159. Brian in Laguna Beach

    I think Terri Ohio is right, maybe Ron Paul isn't out of it!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  160. Mike N. Calif.

    Jack The rats are aboning the ship

    May 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  161. Bill

    Historic candidate with a grassroot organization has put the fear into the GOP. Running on guns, abortion and gays will not work any longer. Huckabee lost for a reason. Time to cling to reality and his advisor has read Ekhart Tolle ; thus, aware enough to do the right thing and ignore your EGO.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  162. Nicole Kehoe

    It means the same thing that voting for Obama and electing him President of the U.S. means – we are sending a powerful, positive message to the world about who the majority of Americans really are and what we really want America to be: a sane, reasonable, and genuinely compassionate yet realistic world leader interested in global peace and prosperity, who have successfully and fruitfully embraced diversity amongst ourselves and can claim genuine moral authority in a globalizing world that needs our example.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Julie

    Respectable move Mr. McKinnon. Now if McCain could just get rid of the slew of lobbyists working on his campaign, we might be able to say the same about him. But...I won't hold my breath.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  164. john

    Change is coming!!!

    Obama 08

    May 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  165. mark in AZ

    It means that there are some people in his organization who have more integrity that McCain does.

    Obviously he knows what is coming

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  166. J Fyfe

    This guy obviously doesnt want to be a part of the ugly, race baiting, disingenuous, typical GOP campaign that will be waged against the best candidate your country has seen for years. Who wants to be part of trying to ruin such a fine, talented, intelligent and historic candidate with the underhanded tactics that we all know are coming? Sounds like this person has some ethics.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  167. James from Nebraska

    It is very significant to John McCains presidential campaign due to the fact McCain has been real mixed up on certain issues and is still having that struggle. Unlike Barack Obama, he does believe in what he's doing and sticks clear to his issues not flip flopping on any of them and as a resident of Nebraska I agree with what Senator Hagel said about McCains comments and the people in Nebraska are very proud to have Senator Hagel as he stands true to his word and to his country.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  168. Shannon

    Well, Jack, what does someone walking away from a fight usually mean? It means they don't want to fight! I won't go so far as to call this cowardice on the part of Mark McKinnon, but I think it's significant that a top McCain official would rather leave the fray then help his candidate become president. This also may represent the Republican party's inability to connect with "common" folks and people of color.

    La Mesa, CA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  169. Marcus


    It means the bearrings are falling and everyone is jumping off before they hit the concrete face first.

    Go Obama!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  170. Allen of Hartwell GA

    Simple, he thinks Obama will be better for the country than McCain would be. Too bad more political hacks didn't think that way!
    Hartwell, GA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  171. major christian

    Hello cnn we love jack cafferty we all in virgina want him for vice president along with senator obama.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  172. claudia

    well may be he would be force to come out and speak the truth.about

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  173. Beldon

    Well, we know there are some Republicans who are not hypocritical. I think we need to send a positive message to the world that America is ready to live up to its constitutional creed that, "all men are created equal . . ." Get ready, Jack. America may be singing the old spiritual tune, "Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty. We're free at last!


    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  174. Erma, TX

    Intelligent and expert advisors (both republican and democrat) know when to step away...remember the string of cabinet appointees and others who began slowly stepping way from Bush? They knew that he was making "shoot from the hip" decisions, look where we are now. This kind of economic and foreign crisis did not just happen overnight!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  175. Dick

    Portland, Oregon

    I suspect that, deep down, many Republicans secretly flirt with the idea of an Obama presidency, either because his style and personality fascinate them or because his theme of reconciliation is attractive or because he's a punishment for John McCain that they can live with. I applaud McKinnon's action. It does show class.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  176. Candy - West Virginia

    It means he knows the real John McCain of which we haven't really seen yet. It will come out though and it's ugly.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  177. Jaime

    MCCain is going to lose once all of us Independents get our say. He's running as the ringer, you know the young star trek guy in the red uniform that dies in every episode...

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  178. Photon Torpedo

    I think it's significant since this is the same Mckinnon that has helped President Bush even when he became Gov. of Texas.

    Good for Senator "O"

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  179. Barbara M.

    Not surprising. Obama inspires greatness in people. Which is exactly what the country needs. It's just a question of if the country deserves Obama.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  180. Matt from Albany, NY

    What this means is that within McCain’s staff, there are Obama supporters. It speaks to the inspirational ability Obama possesses. McCain’s staffer knew, deep within his heart, that the GOP is gearing up for one of their infamous battles. McCain plans on going very negative this fall and the staffer did not want to be apart of the politics-as-usual mentality the Republicans represent.

    I am a young republican and I not only plan on voting for Obama, but I just might go work for his campaign,

    Who would have thunk it?!

    Matt from Albany NY

    May 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  181. Jeff


    I'm an Obama supporter, and one who at one time wanted John McCain to be our next President (back in 2000). I believe part of this and other recent defections have been because of McCain turning into more of a Bush replica than a Bush critic. The further Bush sinks, the more McCain shifts toward his policies. This is not what many of these folks signed up for.

    thank you,


    May 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  182. Tracy

    It's simple. The guy knows this election is going to have extremely powerful racial undertones and he doesn't want to get caught up in that.

    Example..why is it that atleast 10% of the time I say I'm not a fan of Obama I'm asked "oh, are you a racist ?". That's the 1st reason they assume I'm not a huge fan of him.

    People who go against Obama are going to be deemed racist by some people and nothing they say or do will convince them otherwise.

    This is going to be a very ugly general election.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  183. Ray

    This Obamacan says,"There is always room for another Obamacan."
    Bagdad, Florida

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  184. Don, Kansas

    I've hoped all along that Obama and McCain would run together on an independent ticket. Maybe McCain could just be Obama's VP and we could save ourselves the time and money of an election.

    The era of the religous right and Rovian politics is over. It is time for the country to unite around the things that make us all Americans and stop focusing on the unimportant issues that divide us (abortion, gay marriage, etc.).
    – We ALL need energy policy for the millenium.
    – We ALL need affordable health care.
    – We ALL need secure borders and an immigration policy grounded in reality no rhetoric.
    – We ALL need a foreign policy that keeps us safe without making us the world's police force and bully.

    Mr. McCain had my respect before this election. He's started to slide down the slippery slopes of the fear tactics that so influenced the last 15 years in politics. It's not to late John. Run on the issues and provide common sense, "straight talk" solutions that help Americans, not the corporations and special interests your party has pandered to in the past. Otherwise, you are going down in a landslide.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  185. Latha, Cleveland OH

    Wow. Hats off to him. Good for him for maintaining his integrity....and for seeing that Obama is a good man!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  186. Susan, Las Vegas NV

    People are starting to realize that Obama is the ONLY one who can win in November.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  187. Sylvester

    In spring 2009, maybe Hillary and John can be partners on Dancing with the Stars?

    May 21, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  188. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Very significant! I think it reveals the magnitude of just how monumental and improbably it is that the U.S. has a viable candidate that is neither white or incredibly old.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  189. Craig, Seattle, WA

    Although this speaks mostly for Obama... I will continue to root for Hillary. What strikes me as odd is why Obama-maniacs boo when others question his credentials when in fact, his credentials are his backbone for pursuing the presidency. I still strongly believe that Hillary is the best person for the job. Obama simply does not have the experience and quite frankly I AM one of those who may either vote for McCain or sit this out.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  190. Conor in Chicago

    I think he sees that the only really way to beat Obama for sure is to hit below the belt, force republican propoganda down our throughts for months, and go against the wave of political involvement this coutnry is expereincing right now. I think he knows that if goes down that road under the employ of McCain he will never work in this industry again-even if McCain wins.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  191. John of Southampton

    There are lobbyist skeletons in his closet, and they will spill out.
    Someone should rattle Cindy’s tax returns and see what lobby conflict of interests lays or ‘lies’ within.
    McCain may shun the lobbyists now, but bets are he will be sleeping with them if elected!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  192. Jeff

    It figures his adviser knows that the old politics that McCain is trying to use don't work anymore in the new world.


    Tampa Fl

    May 21, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  193. Ronnie in South TX

    this man has absolutely no future in politics–he has principles. Kind of like the unknown phenom we now want to vote into office.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  194. Marcie M Farsea

    How about a rat leaving a sinking ship?

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  195. Antonio in Los Angeles

    It should say something to democrats fighting against their own party. If high ranking campaign officers in McCains camp can show this level of integrity – this speaks volums about those who lack the capacity to see beyond social issues and selfish preference for the sake of the country.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  196. kristy

    I think this is a very honest gesture. Sen. Obama is a force the U.S. needs at this time in history, and I can't blame anyone for not wanting to stand in the way. Pure and simple common sense and facts, people.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  197. Joseph Haines

    The significance? Nothing much, really, other than reminding us that sometimes our own values and principles are worth more than any job, or any candidate or any election. We're all so busy yelling and screaming tired arguments about Florida and Michigan counting or not counting, or that sexism/racism/elitism has played a role in this race or if Kentucky and West Virginia are chock full of uneducated hillbillies. We're so busy we forget that sometimes, the only way to win the game is by not playing. Is this election important? Absolutely. Is it worth giving up your values? Not in a million years. Thank you for the reminder.

    J. Haines, Seattle, WA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  198. Joseph

    'Rats jumping ship'!!! Joseph , Baltimore, Md.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  199. Donna Fletcher

    We don't know the real reason behind the resignation. I feel like the
    enquirer -trying to find out the truth behind the scenes. Let it go Jack
    & the truth will be told later rather than sooner. We don't have a clue
    as to why right now-really.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  200. Nawfal

    backing another republican?!?! Does anyone here ever ask: "Am I better off then I was 4 or 8 years ago" or "Is the US better off now then it was 4 or 8 years ago" Does anyone here ever stops and realises that oil prices were $20 per barrell YES $20 per barrell about 8 years ago...

    May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  201. Anthony Oweh

    Is this new McCain too old to remember the marvericks McCain? Not this time again for the so called "Far Right" or whatever. We have been foolled enough, we are moving with the wind of change now.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  202. Diagne Moore

    Mckinnon knows damn well that McCain will not beat the candidate of the world.
    All continents support obama thus it s going to be expebsive to run against him.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  203. Rebecca Scottsdale Arizona

    It means the man is smart! Obama in '08!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  204. Tom

    I think someone should have asked Mark McKinnon who he plans to vote for come the election. Speculating why he decided to resign is irrelevant if we know who he plans to step up for in the voting booth. But thats a catch 22 because everyone knows that republican won't tell you who they are voting for.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  205. Roy Smith, Corpus Christi, TX

    My god, do none of these people read? The man told Texas Monthly months ago he would not campaign against Obama if he won the nomination. This isn't something that just came up.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  206. Mike, Phila PA

    Significant in that he too is jumping off a sinking ship. His reasoning "sounds" politically correct. However, one must wonder why he "signed on" with reservations.
    My guess is that he may not be in total agreement with what seems to be negative devisive media strategy of Republican party and He might get blamed for the "swift boating" that is sure to come in the next few months.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  207. Jack Graham

    I think it is a lame excuse for jumping ship. They have watched the media promote and protect Obama, and they can't see anyway to campaign against Obama AND the media and win. For future reference just tell your viewers resistance is futile.

    Des Moines, IA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  208. John

    It's pretty clear why people are jumping ship. They don't want to go down with it. It's definitely a sign of the demise of the Republican Party that so many people either have to leave the Republican presidential nominee's campaign so as not to be assoicated with it or they declare it is nothing more than a cheap brand of dog food that people aren't buying. Republicans are no longer in touch with what the American people are looking for. They're tired of seeing tax cuts go to the wealthy and they're ready for a change. Similar to the Clinton White House, people are disgusted with the current regime and want to move in a different direction.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  209. Daisy J. Cavallaro

    There's something not quite right about McKinnon. I don't believe it's because he made some pledge months ago; there's more to it than that. I don't have a problem voting against the "historic" Obama, and I am a lifelong Democrat. It's all about substance, foreign policy, experience, and who has proven himself year after year. Hopeful speeeches don't do it for me!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  210. Brenda Coon

    I am a Republican who has switch to support Obama because my party has disappointed me in the last 8 years. I think Mckinnon is right because he knows how the world sees the United States and this election.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  211. Jeffrey Walker

    Well Jack,
    I think its swell to see this kind of fellowship between the two parties that really shows how united America is. I believe it didn't all started with democracy, but further back, to the Magna Carta, which disabled unlawful tyranny which put everyone on the same side, the good side, and I am happy to say that that good side is getting stronger every day.

    Anonymous Amercian

    May 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  212. Joe St Louis, MO

    He woke up that morning and realized he is on the side of arrogance and ignorance. That is not a nice combination.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  213. Shadreck Mutimba

    This signifies the existence of a rare species of honourable politicians who do not make up enough numbers to make a difference. I totally understand where Mr McKinnon is coming from. His statement is simple. He is not deserting his party but making a point few will understand. He is not against the republican party neither is he pro-Obama but he is against the methods that those who represent the party at the moment will use against Obama. One cannot help but admire nobility.

    Shadreck Mutimba, Omaha, NE

    May 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  214. Virginia

    I'm a Republican who's not too happy with McCain as the only choice, but I'll vote for him over either dem that gets the nomination. Both of them are a worse choice than Mr. McCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  215. Ann B

    I have been a registered Republican my entire life. I have crossed party lines in voting when I felt a 'better' person for the job might be a Democrat. I am a 62 year old, single, white, grandmother. And, I am also a Christian who previously voted for Bush.

    I have been watching the Democratic process these past few months and have observed both Clinton and Obama as they've criss-crossed this great Nation. Although I am not 100% in favor of all Obama believes to be true, I feel that He will make us a great President. There is something dignified and special about this individual and there is just something there ...this man, I believe, WILL make us a better Nation, and WILL do all he can to bring about change. Clinton and McCain have had many years in Washington to make a difference and it has been the same old thing with each of them. Why would we want more of that? I hope that there will be more Republicans out there that examine their hearts and spend some time reflecting on where we are and where we want to go...and that they too, will have the courage to vote in another direction....Obama's direction!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  216. Jeff P.

    I'm torn. I think the guy should feel comfortable backing the candidate and the party he favors. That's part of the process and, ideally, the process is color blind.

    On the other hand, if at the end of the day it were a coin flip for me between Obama and McCain I'd vote for Obama because of his race.
    Huge sections of this country (West Virginia, Kentucky most recently), need a wake-up call and need to be shown that opportunity is open to all and that inspiration and leadership came come from anyone.

    All else equal, the country will be better off having seen that a black man can lead it.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  217. Gerry

    I applaud McKinnon’s action, it shows the man has integrity.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  218. Brian, Pittsburgh

    I think McCain should follow his adviser's example, and not run against Obama. With the GOP attacks we're already seeing, things are likely to get very ugly between now and November. Even if McCain isn't directly responsible for racist attacks, it would be a shame for him to be remembered in history as the man who tried to stop the first black man who became President of the United States of America.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  219. Aaron Pilkington

    All this shows is that an aide of McCain's is tired of he's job but still supports he's run and doesnt not support Obama in anyway. its doesnt show anything about obama just that he is going to be the Dems Pic.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  220. Bill

    I saw an interview with him around 3 months ago and he said that he respects and likes Obama as a person and wouldn't feel right about attacking him during the general election. He knows how dirty it can get and he won't do that to Obama.

    Bill from Medford, MA

    May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  221. robert roswell, ga

    McKinnon to others in McCain Campaign "Last guy out has to turn off the lights!"

    May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  222. Pharaoh Of Kush


    "who would want the latest entry on their resume to show they helped crew the Titanic.."
    that was classic, i am taking that quote LOL....but is very true..

    his move wasnt about Obama, but the effects of it on his career if he stays with Mcain.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  223. Ryan

    Hagel needs to join Obama's ticket!!!

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  224. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    McCain is going down already! I don't think he has much of a chance against Obama. His remarks about Iran, and the war in Iraq are so much like the inflammatory comments by Bush that the American people are very quickly seeing McCain for what he is....Bush II. Or worse.

    Good for McKinnon to leave the McCain campaign. He sees the writing on the wall. Too bad McCain doesn't. He'll keep doing what he's been doing, opening his mouth. Until November. When he looses, he'll suddenly realize that he should have kept it closed. Duh !

    May 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  225. Brian Wicks - Woodland Hills

    Good to know that there is a silver lining in every dark cloud.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  226. Catrina, San Ramon CA.

    Wow... he sees what a once in a lifeteam leader we have in Obama. Smart move.

    May 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  227. Stephannie Minneapolis, MN

    Who'd want to team up with a candidate that considers his opponents wife fair game? Way to go McKinnon!

    May 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  228. Nat

    Someone was asking me today why I thought McCain would be such a bad choice compared to Obama. I said it's not McCain's age, or his policies or his party that trouble me.

    No. It's the fact that McCain has decided that he will "be" someone different than he's been in the past, just to gain supporters from his own party and to try to win.

    That is the opposite of integrity. America needs leaders who are who they say they are.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  229. Ed

    Mcain proudly displays his half a thimble full of intelligence. His advisors show they have half a thimble full more, by leaving his campaign

    May 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  230. Steve from bc Canada

    I am a Canadian and I am inspired by Obama!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  231. Alan

    It means one guy left the McCain team. Those reading this as a forecast of a landslide for Obama are in for a big surprise. So far, he's all hat and no cowboy. Terribly naive about foreign policy, economics, etc. People pay attention to that, and less to the oration the closer it gets to pulling the lever. Obama supprters- don't buy the champagne yet.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  232. Jason - Cincinnati, Ohio

    Mark Mckinnon leaving the McCain campaign only shows us that the candidates' race will be a major deciding factor for the 2008 presidential election. I just hope that we vote for the best candidate based on the issues and the candidates ability to run the country, rather than the color of their skin.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  233. Matt

    As an Obama supporter, I still don't presume to think this guy has compromised his conservative beliefs. I think he just does not want to be remembered as being on the wrong side of history. Assuming you were the Chief Media Advisor against Obama, would you want to be the one tap-dancing in front of the cameras with some of the ignorant things that are going to be swirling this fall?

    He's done his job. He's done an excellent job at getting McCain the nomination against a very hesitant Republican base. He seems to me to be a guy who knows when to cash in his chips and walk away from the table.

    "Would the last person to leave the McCain camp please turn out the lights?" 🙂

    San Jose, CA

    May 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  234. Mike Sutton

    Gee Jack - Here we have a bunch of political prostitutes scrambling for position - whether it's for aVP nomination, or those on Capitol Hill grilling the oil execs, or Arlen Specter wanting to investigate the NFL's "Spy Gate," and the New England Patriots.

    Winston Churchill said it best: "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

    May 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  235. Ian Bradshaw

    Doesn't want to work against Obama? Then he will reap the whirlwind. I just hope that McCain, not the best choice, will eventually spell out the Obama syndrome for what it is: Ignorant, ill-informed and as they say in the UK 'All mouth & trousers!' Things might be bad but America cannot afford a learner driver at the controls at this critical stage.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  236. Bistrin

    Jack, I'm disappointed that your article seemed to imply that McKinnon doesn't want to run against Obama because his candidacy is "historic" because he's black. He doesn't want to run against Obama because it is hard to ask the American people to choose lies and war over hope, peace, prosperity and honesty. I hate it when the media obsesses over race. I don't care what colour Obama is, he's an amazing figure and no self-respecting political animal will want to run against the new JFK. I feel for McCain, he should have stayed true to himself and not turned into a copy of George W. Bush, at least that way he could have lost honourably.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  237. Craig Quirolo

    My cousin (a successful Napa Valley wine maker), my sister and brother in law ( successful graphics artists) and a close friend and his wife (a newspaper publisher/CIA ) all republican as a summer day is long are voting for Obama.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  238. yen

    When I get to read about people like Mark , my faith in the American people gets restored immediatel;y. McCain such a hero he is , he was attacking Obama on Iran to appear tough.It is that tough talk that ended in the war in Iraq and that is why I will not vote for macCain.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  239. Wendy One

    It don't mean squat and anybody trying to make anything out of it should really get a LIFE!! Unfortunately, this election it's not about who would be the best president for the country it's about the lesser of the three evils. I'm not thrilled with McCain but he is the only one with any experience.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  240. Paul Rhoden

    We can all try to figure this out but the bible will be fulfilled. No matter what we say God has the last say and he is lining up this world for his soon coming. Obama is the man to put it in to play. God rest our souls and make it right with The Creator

    May 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  241. Barachel Arrey

    I do not blame him. Who will not quit when the writing is clearly on the wal that Americans want change, not just at the White House but on all fronts: economy, war, diplomacy, repeated dynasty, what have you. A successful war hero, or longevity in Washington DC does not necessarily suddenly become a good leader. Everybocy needs that change: even McCain too.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  242. Todd from AZ

    Sad thing is McCain still beats Obama, but not Hillary. Obama can still promise everything he won't be able to deliver, but people will see McCain as the person they can be the most comfortable with yet not like the most.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  243. Common Sense

    This man simply has a conscience. He can't bear the thought of standing in the way of something good for the entire country. The guilt would kill him.

    This former adviser simply has class, intelligence, and character. He should go to Obama's camp and join the movement.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  244. David

    It is unfortunate that McKinnon chose to leave the McCain campaign rather than staying on his staff and trying to influence the campaign in a positive, issues-focused direction. Politics needs more people of integrity, but not as cheerleaders – it needs good, decent middle linebackers to see that the game is played honorably and fairly.

    Even if McKinnon had stayed, it is possible that McCain would have run a dirty campaign; now it is certain. I just wish that McKinnon was more concerned with trying to keep the McCain campaign from taking the low road in this historic election than with trying to keep his hands clean.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  245. Mark Denver CO

    Who cares?
    People quit jobs all the time.

    Change is a coming! Higher taxes for the middle class, slower or non existent economic growth. $300.00/bbl oil, Iran controlling the Iraq, Kuwait and Saudia Arabia.

    Change is a coming just ask Jimmy Carter II (Obama)

    May 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  246. Lovely in VA

    I love it!
    And he won't be the last one either.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  247. Monty

    Until Obama gives me an actual platform to stand on. Everyone talking about winning in November. That ain't happening. I am an Independent and I hope Hillary runs as an Independent... Watch her run the table!! Just so everyone knows Obama will win because no one wants to be called a Racist so no one is going to vote against him. Plain and simple the Obama campaign is going to cry racism all the way to the White House and if you don't believe me.. Your a sucker for punishment!

    May 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  248. Dan

    If those things that Obama stands for is not Mr McKinnon's primary reason for resigning, then what is the great message? Is it just that America can elect a president based on the color of his skin?

    What ever happened to "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character".

    Sure would like to hear Mr McKinnon's complete quote.

    If this is the reason, sure seems like an insult to Obama... and the dream.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  249. Bruce D

    Here is my take Jack, America is at a crossroads of its own Manifest Destiny. Not since Hiram Revels on February 25, 1870, senator-elect of mississippi took the oath of office becoming the 1st American of color to serve in the senate, have we as Americans witnessed such a moment of historical significance. My hats off to Mark McKinnon for being the better man and realizing we as Americans are standing on the cusp of history.

    May 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  250. John from Chicago

    Barack Obama= intellegent, new ideas, fresh face in washington

    John McCain= George W. Bush part III

    May 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm |