On Sunday, Bill Kristol said that Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign is “pathetic.” Similarly, in his New York Times op-ed this week, Kristol said that McCain should “fire his campaign” and “start over.” Today on Fox News, campaign manager Rick Davis continued to lash out at Kristol for his criticisms:
DAVIS: Yes, well, you know, it’s a good thing Bill Kristol has never run a political campaign because he’d probably have to fire himself at least two or three times.
Look, we’re doing a great job, I think, getting John McCain out in front of the people. But, you know what, our campaign is about presenting John McCain to the American public. We — he can handle it himself. And you’re right; I mean, he probably doesn’t even need a campaign to do what he does so well.
Earlier this week, campaign spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer claimed that Kristol had “bought into the Obama campaign’s party line” and spokesman Tucker Bounds said, “I just don’t think what he had to say was very intelligent.”
In fact, Kristol has run a political campaign. In 1988, he ran the unsuccessful Senate campaign of Alan Keyes in Maryland.