The disappointed have found a cause!

There are many disappointed about the outcome of the recent election who weren’t too happy to start with about the candidate they felt it necessary to support. These disappointed have found a cause that addresses a fundamental problem at staffing levels that has been noted for some time on ‘their’ side.

Erick Erickson at Red State calls it Operation Leper.

We’re tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears … It is our expressed intention to make these few people political lepers.

Byron York takes note at NRO

It’s about the character of the McCain campaign. There is no doubt that it included some fine people who, whatever their opinions, wouldn’t be involved in this kind of behavior. But it also, obviously, included some who would. John McCain ran for president, to some large degree, on the character he had displayed throughout his life. Not so for some of those around him.

Michelle Malkin takes off on The McCain campaign’s classless cowards

Let’s assume the rumor-mongers are telling the truth for a moment. Who does it damn more: Sarah Palin or McCain and his vetters who green-lighted her for the vice presidential nomination?

To get a handle on this sort of thing, go watch the initial speech in the George Scott Patton movie (Youtube)and his comments about losers. It is one thing to suffer a defeat or setback but entirely another to dishonor the effort.

It is also interesting to consider this in light of the ‘big lie’ about negative and attack ads in campaigns. The McCain campaign was accused of this tactic while suffering not only the accusation but also the technique. Meanwhile it appears that the McCain’s biggest problem with this technique was from inside against itself.

This ‘loyalty’ problem has also been something to note in the Bush administration with ‘tell all’ books and intelligence leaks. There is a question here as to where standing against one’s group is appropriate or necessary and when it is best to sit on it. There is also a question about the best approach to handle these sorts of things.

What Erick illustrates is that disloyalty in a campaign is improper and unethical. If someone in the core is unhappy, they should first remove themselves from that core of the group and then proceed to act upon their unhappiness. Their behavior can then be examined to see if they are just disgruntled employees or whether they have something of true merit behind their choices.

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