Ouch! WAPO's Richard Cohen socks it to McCain. As a former fan he seems to take personally the recent turn toward the ugly from the McCain campaign:
I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat, and we will leap into a politician's lap.
McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir -- the person in whose hands he would leave the country -- is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.
Karl Marx got one thing right -- what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.
The narrative is set: McCain has sold out and is a liar. The Straight Talk Express is nothing more than an empty slogan. The one Republicans most Democrats liked has now signed on with Karl Rove. If McCain loses this election, the autopsy on his integrity will be public and will go on for years. What was the cause of death?