and agree that it then plays to questions of McCain's judgment - but I do think we have dropped the ball on vetting John McCain. He's made his own myth - and though on liberal blogs - segments of his history are discussed, the POW-Maverick-reformer meme is still out there, rock solid.
Count up the number of diaries here focused on Palin. Then go back and count up the diaries that really dig into McCain - his POW hero stuff, his insider upbringing and full record.
Oh sure - we mocked his number of houses - but the core McCain myth stands virtually unquestioned in the TM.