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Who do you want running the West Wing?





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A recent NYT article has detailed the dysfunction of the McCain campaign, in what the authors referred to as a "loose style" of "infighting" and "colliding centers of power," providing a picture of a McCain campaign divided by competing interests and unclear leadership.
Mr. McCain is called the White Tornado by some people who have worked for him over the years. Throughout his presidential campaign, he has been the overseer of a kingdom of dissenting camps, unclear lines of command and an unsettled atmosphere that keeps aides constantly on edge.
Which leads to this question: Who do you want running the West Wing? In other words: Who do you want administering the country? Because the candidate's management style and campaign staff's response to that style is an indicator of that future staff's competency in running the country.
His [McCain's] management of his campaign offers a glimpse of how he might run the White House. He would, it appears, be a president who is intensely interested in issues (particularly foreign affairs) and open to conflicting opinions, but also impetuous at times and tolerant of the kind of internal churning that can impede orderly decision-making and keep aides on edge.
By contrast, the Obama campaign has implemented a specific mandate within their power structure: "No Drama."
"One of the great strengths of this campaign from the very beginning has been the cohesion, the sense of camaraderie, and the lack of drama," said David Axelrod, a leader of the no-drama movement with his casual wardrobe and low-key demeanor.
One could make specific arguments as to which candidate meets a voter's specific policy requirements, but that does not address the question: Who do you want running the West Wing - the administration of the country, the implementation of those policies, the day-to-day management of infrastructure and response to emergencies and future threats? Continued...

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