Friday, October 24, 2008

Down and out-of-control

Ah, the finger-pointing and back-stabbing has already commenced. The McCain campaign might prove to be more dysfunctional than the Shaq & Kobe Lakers. Or at least the Dallas Cowboys:

Top Republican officials have let it be known they are distressed about McCain’s organization. Coordination between the McCain campaign and Republican National Committee, always uneven, is now nearly dysfunctional, with little high-level contact and intelligence-sharing between the two.

“There is no communication,” lamented one top Republican. “It drives you crazy.”

At his Northern Virginia headquarters, some McCain aides are already speaking of the campaign in the past tense. Morale, even among some of the heartiest and most loyal staffers, has plummeted. And many past and current McCain advisors are warring with each other over who led the candidate astray.

One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what he said were senior McCain aides – a breach of custom for even the worst-off campaigns.“It’s not an extraordinarily happy place to be right now,” said one senior McCain aide. “I’m not gonna lie. It’s just unfortunate.”

Does that sound like the sort of leadership that we want in the White House? Again, I'm almost certain the obituary for his campaign is going to be eye-popping. We only thought Hillary Clinton's campaign was a mess.

We ain't seen nothing yet.

UPDATE: Nate at FiveThirtyEight says John McCain is "on life support." As proof, Nate and Co. put Obama's chances of a win on Nov. 4 at 96.3 percent. For the math illiterate, that means McCain has a 3.7 percent chance of pulling out a victory. We'll see Texas Tech win a national championship at football before that happens.

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