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When trying to predict what a presidential candidate’s administration would look like, it’s instructive to look to the campaign. The people the candidate hires and the strength of the campaign’s message are vital clues to how they would perform in the Oval Office. An effective campaign staff and clear, consistent messaging can often indicate a competent presidency. Spokespersons who are clearly in over their head and policy messaging that looks like it was written by a schizophrenic are less encouraging. With that in mind, let us look at the candidate of “experience,” John McCain, and some of the leading lights of his presidential campaign:

Douglas Holtz-Eakin (economic advisor): Admits John McCain will, contrary to the candidate, have to raise taxes, and that Obama’s tax plan will reduce taxes for most Americans [swampland.blogs.time.com]; claims John McCain “helped create” the Blackberry [thinkprogress.org]; let’s slip that McCain’s healthcare plan isn’t as good as the current employer-based system, which McCain would raise taxes on. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

Phil Gramm (economic advisor): Gramm’s deregulation policies of the 90’s, which McCain supported, led directly to the Wall Street meltdown [www.salon.com]; said economic recession is a “mental” state and that America has become a “nation of whiners” [www.huffingtonpost.com].

Carly Fiorina (spokesperson): Failed Hewlitt-Packard CEO said neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin are qualified to run a Fortune 500 company [www.huffingtonpost.com].

Tucker Bounds (spokesman): Gets beaten up by reporters on a regular basis. Even on FOX. [tbogg.firedoglake.com]

Nancy Pfotenhauer (spokesperson): McCain-supporting Southern Virginia = “Real Virginia”, Northern Virginia = France. [thinkprogress.org]

Steve Schmidt, Jeff Larson, Tucker Eskew, etc., etc: McCain hires proteges of Karl Rove and other Bush/Cheney campaign staffers, despite these same people being responsible for smearing McCain and costing him the nomination in the 2000 Republican primary [crooksandliars.com].

Sarah Palin (running mate): ……Does anything more need to be said? Worst. VP choice. Ever.

Watching a McCain administration for four years would be like having season tickets for the ’96 NY Jets [en.wikipedia.org]. Only not as entertaining.

– Michael Turner