McCain, all his credits aside, ran a shoddy campaign. And while a great campaign is no guarantee of a great administration, a shoddy campaign would almost certainly have resulted in a shoddy White House.
The man loved to shoot from the hip, and it cost him the presidency– might have been a blessing in disguise.
BTW, for this very reason I always laugh at liberal critics of the Bush Administration, and the supposed “genius” of Karl Rove. Ummm, winning elections was great and all, but what political genius was present during amnesty? Or during Social Security Reform? Or Harriet Miers? Or Katrina? Or the appointment of Scott McClellan? Etc., etc., etc.
Even the best-managed White Houses screw it up, it’s inevitable. But a badly-managed White House results in poor policy choices, or worse, *no* policy choices.
I can’t wait to get another crack at defeating Obama, but I wouldn’t wish a poorly-managed White House on him, or the country.