It would be hard to imagine a more dramatic tumbling downward than the campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) experienced yesterday without death, sex or a crime. Losing his long time trusted aide and friend, John Weaver, no matter what the circumstances, will exact an emotional toll on McCain for months to come.
Standing on the Senate floor yesterday the lonely man spoke of his continued commitment to surging troops and our military operation in Iraq, despite the bipartisan critical mass growing against the president’s war policy. McCain’s voice shook, and he twisted his wedding ring around his ring finger as the emotion of what we were about to learn took hold of him. In less than an hour the announcement came that Terry Nelson and Weaver had left the campaign, and two more top staff would follow later in the day.