Positive Guy Who Lost to Obama in 2008 Concerned Republicans Being Too Negative to Beat Him in 2012

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The only good advice Bob Dole or John McCain could ever offer about how to send an incumbent president packing would be “don’t listen to Bob Dole or John McCain’s advice”:

Sen. John McCain acknowledged Sunday he’s concerned about the increasing odds that President Barack Obama will be reelected.

“I think there’s reason to be concerned about it,” McCain said on ABC’s “This Week,” referring to the heightened negativity in the GOP presidential primary race. “I’ve been in very tough campaigns. I don’t think I’ve seen one that was as personal, and characterized by so many attacks, as these are. Frankly, one of the reasons is the super PACs.”

McCain’s actual concern has nothing to do with the final four candidates still going at each other this far into primary season — it’s that his GOP establishment candidate of choice isn’t being allowed to run away with the nomination as many had predicted. McCain and Dole worried that the Republicans are doing something wrong is the best evidence there’s something going right.