Former Top Bush-Cheney Aide Takes Over McCain Day-to-Day Operations

John McCain is nothing like George W. Bush. He just has the same people running his campaign. Nothing wrong with that.


Steve Schmidt is taking over the day-to-day operation of John McCain’s campaign, according to multiple campaign sources.

McCain sources say Schmidt, who ran Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's reelection campaign and was a top communications aide in Bush-Cheney '04, will coordinate the campaign's daily pro-McCain and anti-Obama message but also will have an increased role in shaping most every facet of the organization including scheduling, policy, coalitions and surrogates.

So McSame moves from a lobbyist with Charlie Black to one of Dick Cheney's team--from K Street to Dirty Tricks. Nice move. Remember, this isn't the first major shakeup of the McCain campaign team. We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out for him.


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