Good Campaign, Good President?

Today in Slate, Jeff Greenfield asks if strong campaigns make good presidencies. His answer is no — governing and campaigning are so different that the skills you demonstrate in one don’t necessarily translate to the other.

But I think he glosses over the obvious point that a well-run campaign shows that the candidate at least has the potential to run an endeavor (any endeavor) well. Likewise, a falling-apart campaign shows the potential to run any endeavor into the ground.

Of course, there’s not a powerful correlation between the performance of a campaign and the performance of an administration (Hi George!). But the fact that Hillary can’t keep her shit together now should still raise concerns about her keeping-shit-together abilities across the board.

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