You're kidding yourself. People don't get to be a senior members of two different presidential campaigns -- especially those of men like Senators Dole and McCain -- without being "entrenched in [a] political machine."
Glassner's an insider. He's a member of the club.
And although his resume is quite impressive, there's still the fact that he was a senior insider of two of the worst campaigns in recent history.
All that aside, I was merely pointing to the interesting dichotomy between what Glassner said, and what he's done.
Ultimately, this reasoning is completely flawed, because it rules out anyone with experience. He was no where near senior in McCain's campaign, and frankly, if you get your guy to "nominee" for President, you have won every election up to that point. Everyone else lost. In the end, they all have lost.
It is a stupid thing to say or do.. to group a whole campaign staff together and trash them at once. This is what you were doing before though by calling Glassner an insider in the first place. This is inductive reasoning, which sometimes works but is subject to the flaws that all generalizations create, bad, stupid, uninformed statements and actions if folks accept the premise of this stuff.