John McCain’s campaign is broke, Mitt Romney’s is frequently likened to a well-oiled machine and Rudy Giuliani’s is about as insular as they come in the Republican presidential race.
A dress rehearsal of sorts, candidates’ campaigns — and how the hopefuls run them — can give the public valuable insights about their management styles and even provide clues about how they would govern the country.
“There definitely is something to be learned from the way candidates manage their campaigns,” said Costas Panagopoulos, director of Fordham University’s campaign management program. “It’s a fine line candidates have to walk between being too involved and being uninvolved, and the same could be said about their administrations. There are certainly parallels.”
History shows as much.
George W. Bush operated in generalities and delegated much of his 2000 campaign’s everyday decisions to his fiercely devoted cadre of Texas advisers. His presidency has mirrored that approach. Conversely, in 1992, Bill Clinton devoured details and essentially was his own top strategist. Then, as the country’s chief executive, Clinton enmeshed himself in just about everything.
I doubt we have to list the number of places where the government the next president will head is not running like a “well-oiled machine”–and, come to think of it, it would seem to me that the current White House has broadcasted some of the problems of a very insular approach.
The article later says that Governor Romney’s is “perhaps the best-run GOP campaign.”
UPDATE: Marc Ambinder has another interesting point on Governor Romney’s campaign and innovation.