I’d think the phrase “McCain Strategist” would be the last thing anybody in politics would want on his/her resume or business card. Even something like “Edsel Product Manager” wouldn’t have quite the same stigma. Better to leave a gap on the resume for the time spent on that campaign.
Not that I’m complaining about the way they did their job. If they had been any good at it, they might have suckered me into voting for their guy.