Mark McKinnon promised to leave McCain’s campaign rather than face Barack Obama, a man he deeply respects. His departure sends some strong signals. Those are obvious. What is interesting to me is that he chose now to do it. It is certain at this point Obama will become the nominee. That said, McKinnon’s departure still strengthen’s Obama’s standing, and implicitly lightly knock’s McCain’s, despite his promises to continue to support the Arizona Senator.
Its a small movement, and one likely to be lost as the Clinton campaign dies noisily and McCain struggles to distance himself from parts of Bush’s administration while aligning himself closely with other aspects. But its a very interesting one. Especially as his foreign policy is criticized. Obama is a natural Diplomat, in marked contrast to McCain.