Do you remember those goofy McCain ads that would end by asking whether Sen. Obama was ready to lead?
I always thought that question was a little odd, since Sen. McCain doesn’t necessarily posess any demonstrable leadership experience. At the same time, Sen. Obama was at the head of a campaign that was being hailed as the largest, most impressive, expansive, organized campaign ever. And, as much as it was disparaged, Sen. Obama’s ability to “give a good speech” motivated thousand of volunteers throughout the country, and hundreds of thousands to attend his rallies, and millions to donate to his campaign. Isn’t all of this indicative of Sen. Obama’s leadership qualities?
Why do I bring this up?
Because, in contrast to the Obama campaign, which seems a clear demonstration of Sen. Obama’s leadership, the McCain campaign, is imploding:
“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.
“Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”
Marc Ambinder adds:
Another senior McCain at e-mailed: “It is beyond disappointing to see the backstabbing and blame game beginning ten days before the election. There is still a path to victory for us and we have two great candidates who are working their asses off every day in pursuit of a win.”
This doesn’t strike me as an organization that is being well led. This seems like a reflection of an organization led by a an inconsistent, irrational, selfish man.
So, is Sen. McCain ready to lead?