Mike Allen and Jim Van deHei finally take note of McCain’s frequent gaffes. Interestingly, they view his proclivity for misstatements primarily through the lens of age — perhaps McCain’s getting old and losing his grip. To me, though, if take a broader look I think it’s just a campaign that’s not doing a good job of briefing people. We’ve seen Carly Fiorina not realize McCain disagrees with her about whether insurance companies should cover birth control, and several different McCain surrogates promise to “fully fund” No Child Left Behind even though that’s not actually McCain’s position.
Are they lazy? Are they arrogant? Understaffed? Have they just decided that these kind of mix-ups don’t matter? I couldn’t say for sure. But it’s not a personal issue with McCain, it’s reflective of a broader trend in his campaign toward people being unprepared.