However, Mr. Holz-Eagin's policy advice might not prove very helpful in increasing John McCain's popularity, since he has previously written that the "cost and loss of life" in the Iraq war was "the right magnitude," and "the US must stay" in Iraq. In 2006, Holz-Eakin wrote that:
. . . the current and future budget cost and loss of life and health probably give the right magnitude ( . . . ) Politicians agree that the US must stay. ZAWYA.COMMcCain's adviser gives a preview of McCain's rationale for his presidential campaign, saying "There are Republicans in jail, former members of Congress ( . . . ) There is political corruption, and there is absolute criminal corruption." McCain will be the Republican Congressman promoted to the White House to clean up the corruption of his fellow Republican Congressman, like Randy Cunningham, Rep. Mark Foley (R) FL ("how old are you now" e-mails to Congressional interns) and Sen. Larry Craig (soliciting gay sex in train station bathroom). That's a proposal the Republicans can get behind!
Meanwhile, McCain's chief adviser Douglas Holz-Eakin, says it's "premature" to say whether Republican Congressmen will be routed at the polls in November. "Holtz-Eakin suggested that spending restraint and smaller government would remain hallmarks of the campaign, and Republicans around the country were pleased that McCain was leaving behind the GOP's recent legacy of profligacy." NationalJournal.Com