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(July 14, 2008 SYOP ) In a startling move that he hopes might energize his stumbling campaign, John McCain announced that he will no longer use advisors.

"I was spending more time separating myself from their comments than I was listening to their advice," said McCain, acting as his own press secretary who he had just fired minutes before. "And (top economic advisor Phil) Gramm's 'nation of whiners,' 'only a mental recession' comments, were the straws that broke the camel's back. Look, when I said that 'Phil Gramm doesn't speak for me. I speak for me,' I realized it would just save time if I actually did that."

In a blind email sent to his entire staff, McCain wrote, "My friends, it is with deep regret and deeper gratitude for your dedication, hard work and friendship, that I accept your resignation that I expect on my desk by the end of the day."

Among the advisors McCain had dropped to date are READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE.

P.S. Will the next New Yorker cover have a drawing of Geo W. Bush as a smart, peace-loving, uniter who isn't responsible for thousands of unnecessary deaths?

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