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Chuck Todd: McCain-Palin Campaign Has Taken Dark Internal Turn

NBC's Brian Williams did an interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin that aired yesterday. You can watch two clips of it here:

Following the interview, Williams and Chuck Todd did some analysis of McCain-Palin, and basically told Chris Matthews that the campaign has become unhinged.

Wiliams_toddSaid Todd: "There's no chemistry - I couldn't see chemistry between John McCain and Sarah Palin. I felt as if we grabbed two people and said, 'Here, sit next to each other. We're going to conduct an interview.' They're not comfortable with each other yet. The other thing about it is, you can tell they know they're losing. There's an intensity there. They're drained. The entire campaign staff is drained. The two candidates seem guarded. They seem on edge. It's not as if they're rude or anything. It's not as if they weren't trying to be forthcoming. It's a negative intensity, I don't know how else to describe it...Is John McCain starting to blame her for things, blaming himself? Is she blaming him?...I can't emphasize enough the odd body language."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Ack! A diplomatic strategy? She can't even define what the hell a precondition is. It's good to see that Palin is sinking McCarthy, er McCain. Such a cynical and insulting choice deserves to fail.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Oct 23, 2008 8:38:07 AM

  2. The long standing problem, of which those who have been unfortunate enough to have been forced to work with John McCain, is that he does not trust his staff and they do not trust him. McCain is simply not "briefable". One never knows what postition or action he is going to take despite his assurances to his own people. McCain's last minute unvetted choice of Palin is emblematic of his operational recklessness. The man constantly "shoots from the lip" leaving his staff to try to pick up and piece together the decisional schrapnel. He is not bright, analytical, or cautious. To the contrary, he is stubborn, vindictive, and mean.

    In short, his basic temperment is at odds with presidential leadership in an economically uncertain and security fragile world.

    Posted by: rudy | Oct 23, 2008 8:49:19 AM

  3. McCain's example of already being tested was to respond that he was aboard an aircraft carrier during the Cuban missle crises? I'm guessing he was below the waterline chopping vegetables and following orders, not making policy or military decisions about the actual conflict.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 23, 2008 9:45:03 AM

  4. What insightful commentary! Boy, you can't pay too much for wisdom like that! I guess the press has run out of things to say.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2008 11:35:37 AM

  5. it seems that McCain and Palin are the ones who've run out of things to say, actually. well, at least things that make sense.

    Posted by: james | Oct 23, 2008 12:24:01 PM

  6. Chuck Todd- remind me what he did before this? reading 'body language' for the Enquirer? I know: He knows the guy who knows the guy who started the "Paul is Dead" rumor by interpreting album covers.

    Posted by: dc8stretch | Oct 23, 2008 1:53:26 PM

  7. But ... lo! off in the distance, I hear the back-tracking of the great and powerful -- and fickle -- Mr. Todd. Seems as how he went too far yesterday afternoon, and today is walking back all that "negative talk" today in his "First Read" blog... guess he still dances to the tune of a different McDrummer.

    Posted by: soithoni | Oct 23, 2008 7:07:55 PM

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