Leaking this kind of thing to the New York Times before the campaign has even ramped up is not a good sign for John McCain, almost as bad as the campaign reorganization that prompted the story in the first place.
The shift was approved by Mr. McCain after several of his aides, including Mr. Schmidt, went to him about 10 days ago and warned him that he was in danger of losing the presidential election to Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, unless he revamped his campaign operation, two officials close to the campaign said.
McCain is seeking to apparently "relaunch" his campaign. The man has had the nomination for months now, and for a good stretch of that time his eventual opponent paid him little to no attention as he was engaged in a close primary fight.
AND McCain is already buying up air time in Virginia, a state President Bush won pretty handidly. Defense, so soon?