09/03/2008 03:22 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What is Going on with the McCain Campaign?

This is getting crazy. First the McCain campaign whines aggressively about the media's coverage and then Meg Whitman - a MCCAIN SURROGATE - says:

"I actually think it's completely fair for the media to vet Sarah Palin," Whitman said, adding that it was "the right thing to do" for the media to dig into the background of someone who is "running for the highest office in the land."

What is happening here? This seems like a complete and utter meltdown. Josh Marshall quotes a reader:

Either McCain's vetting process was a complete sham. Or his press
operation is the worst in modern presidential politics history. Or some
unholy blend of both.

I mean where is the message discipline, where is the strategy? Am I wrong to think this video encapsulates the McCain campaign right now?

Let's not forget that McCain has never really run a successful national campaign before. This time last year the McCain campaign had already completely imploded due to poor strategic planning and dodgy financial management. Fortunately for McCain, he was running against one of the weakest fields in history. Many have noted that opposed to winning the primary, it was more like the other candidates lost it. While they have noted that Palin has more "executive" experience than Obama - it is also true that she has more executive experience than McCain.