Their interaction with the press is in complete disarray. Steve Schmidt even lies when trying to point out others' lies. But the end of the Politico piece is amazing:
Asked about the series of errors, McCain aides could not provide evidence to back up Schmidt’s assertions. One McCain aide, Michael Goldfarb, said Politico was “quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right.”
Another, Brian Rogers, responded more directly: “You are in the tank,” he e-mailed.
We're all in the tank. Anyone asking a fricking question is "in the tank." I'm with Coates:
It's clear that the McCain campaign has basically decided on using the Bush playbook for handling the press. But I think the campaign made one critical error. The whole bully/lie/clamp-up method of handling reporters works swimmingly if you're already in power. Not so much if you're still trying to get power. It's fine to appoint unqualified hacks to office, especially if you're in your second term. Not so much when you're still running for your first.