Russert Doesn't Connect Dots Between McCain Poll Collapse, Immigration Stance

A quick hit this morning, as I'm on the road . . .

Question for our readers, astute observers of the political scene that they are. Scanning the news this morning, you see a report on the latest presidential poll. John McCain has lost over 1/3rd of his support. What's the first thing that pops into your mind? OK, the headline here is a hint, but isn't it obvious that McCain's pro-amnesty stance has hurt him badly among Republican voters? Well, apparently not so obvious to Tim Russert. Here's how it went on this morning's "Today."

TIM RUSSERT: John McCain's lost eight points since April, Matt.

MATT LAUER: What's wrong with his campaign?

RUSSERT: Well, he's having some fund-raising problems and I think Fred Thompson's presence is starting to draw folks away.

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A classic case of confusing cause and effect on Russert's part, no? What explains McCain fund-raising woes? Why did Thompson, testing the waters, find them friendly? Because -- as would seem obvious -- McCain's belligerent advocacy of the amnesty-first immigration bill has demolished his support among Republicans. But for whatever reason, Russert failed to connect the dots.

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