A "prominent Republican strategist" blasts the McCain camp's Rovian turn toward partisan attacks in an email to Marc Ambinder:

"Insane. The GOP base vote is not in play. That's why we call it the  base. [McCain] has it all; it is a generic vote and not candidate driven.  Show me a Prez election where the key outcome driver was partisan base intensity. It is a myth. The winning vs. losing outcome is whether he can get the others he needs to win; and a pure partisan approach -- let alone a nagging and off-putting tone -- is exactly the way not to get them. They have the strategy of a Congressional candidate running in a base suburb, and barely even that."

And this comes from a person who is sympathetic to McCain!

Is that you, Mike Murphy?

--Christopher Orr