Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Does McCain Really Need Those Minders?

SHOULD MCCAIN REALLY NEED THOSE MINDERS? It's odd that John McCain travels so much with Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. I can't think of any other major presidential candidate who has wanted, or perhaps needed, to have his major political allies so much by his side. Obama didn't take people like Ted Kennedy on the plane and Hillary didn't have a political posse on her plane either. Neither does George Bush for that matter.

There's several possible explanations for this penchant of McCain's. Given the hectic schedule and isolation from family and friends, being a presidential candidate is probably even more isolating than being president. Perhaps McCain likes to have his friends around. Perhaps McCain's staff thinks that it looks "presidential" for McCain to have guys like Lieberman and Graham obviously defering to him as "the leader."

But if that's the case, why don't other major presidential candidates go for the same effect? In the final analysis, it seems more reasonable to think that McCain needs to be around people he respects in order to keep on an even emotional keel. Given that McCain is well-known to be a volatile, self-righteous, and bad-tempered guy, having heavy-hitters like Lieberman and Graham accompany him might be a way for McCain to keep control of himself as he campaigns. I doubt that Lieberman and Graham are telling McCain what to do or anything like that. But I would bet that McCain doesn't want to look bad in front of those guys either. Having them around helps him keep the lid on.

It's smart of McCain to have an effective guard against blowing his top. But I'm not sure it's that good of an idea to elect a president who needs minders.


Anonymous said...

McCain is a poor leader and can't trust his friends who are all mercenaries, check.

He is also short.

And old. Check.

Those friends he has he can't trust? He has got a friggin' lot of them. He has more friends than any other candidate, because of his temper. He is such a nasty hot head he has a lot of close friends close to him in a very close manner.

He is a hot head. Check.

B Moe

Ric Caric said...

The "friend" point is interesting. I'm not sure that either McCain or Obama have a "lot of friends." They both seem to have "followers" more than friends.