STRAIGHT OFF A CLIFF?….The latest campaign gossip from Radar:

John McCain’s Obama-esque remarks about our “wasted” resources in Iraq weren’t the only comments that landed him in hot water after a recent appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Many of his staff were blindsided by his campaign announcement. And several aides were so outraged that they’ve quit, say Republican insiders.

“They’re imploding — he had a game plan that had him announcing much later in the year,” one top Republican aide tells Radar, adding that the campaign is “in serious trouble … Romney’s plan and Rudy’s jump in the polls caused him to scrap his plans completely. When you do that, and you’re not prepared for it, the staff goes crazy. Some of his coordinators in different states were pulling their hair out!”

Very juicy. I love it. But is it true? Did McCain really make the Letterman announcement on the fly? Would McCain’s aides really have gone bananas over this? (It’s not like everyone in the world didn’t already know he was running, after all.) Did “several aides” really quit recently? And who is the “top Republican aide” who was Radar’s source for this? Somebody close to McCain or somebody close to another candidate?

Just asking. But it sure sounds true. Though that’s more because it tickles me to think so than because there’s any real evidence for it.

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