Infighting has erupted among McCain and Palin staffers, according to a report from Chris Matthews' "Hardball" on MSNBC. One McCain staffer said of Palin:
She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. 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 themselves, as they see themselves the beginning and end of all wisdom. (Source: CNN, Oct. 25)
On the other hand, a Palin ally said:
The campaign as a whole bought completely into what the Washington media said–that she's completely inexperienced. Her strategy was to be trustworthy and a team player...but she felt completely mismanaged and mishandled and ill advised. Recently, she's gone from relying on McCain advisers who were assigned to her to relying on her own instincts. (Source: Politico, Oct. 26)
Roger Simon of Politico commented that the McCain campaign clearly didn't vet Palin–and that this was the first presidential decision that McCain made. "If you can't run a campaign, can you run the government?" Simon continued.
The answer is no. After the Palin novelty wore off, it wasn't long before McCain's pick of Palin rang alarm bells throughout the nation. The idea that the campaign "bought into the Washington media" makes no sense. Palin is clearly out of her depth, and McCain picked her for completely cynical reasons: to pander to the right wing and to appeal to women, not realizing that he insulted their intelligence.
Add in the "campaign suspension" gimmick, the reeling from message to message and the absurd, negative attacks on Barack Obama, and you have a campaign that speaks quite poorly about McCain's ability to manage the country.