But it starts at the top. Much has been said of McCain's uncontrollable anger and his erratic behavior.
I wonder if some of his anger is due to guilt about how he treated his first wife, Carol McCain. You remember, the woman who was injured in an automobile accident while he was being held prisoner, and who he abandoned, disfigured and disabled, for his current wife Cindy.
In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage.
Carol and her children were devastated. ‘It was a complete surprise,’ says Nancy Reynolds, a former Reagan aide.
‘They never displayed any difficulties between themselves. I know the Reagans were quite shocked because they loved and respected both Carol and John.’
But Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.
‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said.
‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.
Now, while the Republicans are having their angerfests, (after admitting that if they talk about the economy, they lose), Obama is reaching out to people in a calm and determined manner, offering hope and solutions.
So when you are navigating rough seas, like today's economy, who do you want, the calm determined captain looking ahead, or the angry, erratic captain jumping from place to place?