Aides Are Bummed by Loss, but Not John McCain

Tucker Bounds tells us his old boss is doing OK.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers.

For the loser of a presidential campaign, going back to everyday life—even if it's in the U.S. Senate—can be jolting. But John McCain's former spokesman, Tucker Bounds, tells us his old boss is doing a-OK. "He seemed to be in good spirits," Bounds tells Whispers. Bounds recently hung out with McCain at Morton's steakhouse in Crystal City, Va., where the McCain crew, including bigwigs like Sen. Lindsey Graham, held a Last Supper of sorts.

Since the loss, Bounds, who was often the voice of the McCain campaign on the cable news networks, has been getting some R&R time in. It takes time to recover from something like that, he tells us. He has been hitting up the driving range with fellow McCainiacs and trying to figure out what to do next. One possibility is going back to his home state of Oregon. We caught up with Bounds at last night's Flak Bash, where he was up for the Presidential Campaign Flak Jacket Award, given to the best mouthpiece in town. That honor went to Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Flak Bash winners:

Republican, Presidential Campaign—Ken Spain, National Republican Congressional Committee

Democrat, Presidential Campaign—Jennifer Crider, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Republican, Capitol Hill Press Secretary—Don Stewart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Democrat, Capitol Hill Press Secretary—Brendan Daly, Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Industry—T. Boone Pickens, creator of the Pickens Plan, a major energy policy effort and founder and chairman of the hedge fund BP Capital Management