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Bad Behavior 101

Byron York hits the nail on the head: “what a bunch of losers.” That would be the geniuses at camp McCain who are now dishing tidbits of dirt on their former VP candidate. The impact of all this is not altogether harmful for Sarah Palin.

For one thing there is quite a defense of Palin mounting in the blogosphere. Gosh, if you had to come up with a plot to endear her to the base, increase anger against the McCain bumblers and lift the fighting spirits of conservatives you couldn’t come up with a better idea than continuing to trash Palin in the media. Is it a Rovian plot?

And really, sharing department store receipts with the New York Times is a sure way — not for Palin, but for the staffer who’s unlikely to be trusted on any other campaign — to wind up in the political wildnerness.

But all of this, I must admit, also reflects on the non-leadership qualities of the former presidential nominee. John McCain was never known as one to resolve conflicts or knock heads. That’s how he wound up bankrupting his own campaign in the primary and then devolving into bitter infighting in the general election. Watching his team engage in vicious, public fighting suggests that perhaps he was never the ideal person for a chief executive role. After all, if the campaign was this bad, imagine what the White House would have been like.

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