So the New Year came a bit early. John McCain is up in New Hampshire with a response ad to Mitt Romney's attack. And as predicted, it quotes right from the NH unendorsements:
The McCain camp also leaked a spot to the Slate
that never quite made it off the cutting room floor; but has been in reserve since last spring:
“Senator McCain has a troubling history of neglecting substantive issues and getting personal in his attacks against those who happen to disagree with him," spokesman Kevin Madden said, citing McCain's comparison of then-Gov. Bush to Bill Clinton during the 2000 primary. "It’s the McCain way."
“We just happen to believe that Senator McCain’s position on amnesty for illegal immigrants and his votes against President Bush’s tax relief are the wrong policies for the Republican Party. We just simply disagree with him.”
Which drew this response from the McCain camp:
“If voters didn’t already know Mitt Romney, his crocodile tears might have been convincing," Hazelbaker writes. "He’s spent $20 million of his own money serially misrepresenting his positions and those of every other candidate. We just decided to share New Hampshire newspapers’ assessment of him.”
Yes, it's that time of the year again.