Washington is abuzz with rumors about the possibility of a McCain presidential bid in 2004 based on McCains recent hire of Hudson Fellow Marshall Wittmann, who wrote a popular blog under the pseudonym of “The Bull Moose.” The American Prospect first reported last week that Wittmann was hired for the position of Communications Director for McCain. Noting his status as “the capitals preeminent quotemaster,” TAP speculated about the importance of the move:
Wittmann isnt just any old communications director. Hes not an interim hire, the kind of guy you bring on temporarily, as you wind down and prepare to retire. And Wittman [sic] wouldnt leave his cushy gig at the Hudson Institute for just anything. No, Wittmann is a big gun -- the kind of guy you bring on to build policy proposals, spark new ideas and prepare for a big challenge. Tapped speculates that either McCain is preparing for some new campaign or initiative as a senator, or hes laying the groundwork for another presidential run.
Does the Bull Mooses move to the Hill portend a move by McCain? Only time will tell.