Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina's Republican Party of being "out of touch with reality" over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
"They're not listening to me because they're out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable," McCain told NBC's "Today" Show.
This is a Democrat year. McCain can only win if the Democrat is perceived as radical or out of touch. They seem to understand this in North Carolina. Why would a guy who wanted to win speak out against this ad? Obama is friends with terrorists (The Weathermen) and racial agitators (Wright). How can the company you keep not be relevant? McCain is beginning to look like a protest candidate ala Perot.
McCain flirted with party swapping a few years ago. Maybe he decided to stay and hand it to the Democrats?
Asked if the state party's unwillingness to heed his call raised questions about his leadership, McCain replied: "I don't know exactly how to respond to that."
McCain runs the mechanism of the Republican Party but not the Republicans. It's sort of the way that Captain Bligh did it.