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The Undropped Shoe

Did John McCain nix attacking Obama over the Jeremiah Wright association because he thought it would be dishonorable or because he thought it would backfire? I suppose it could be both, but I'm with Noam in thinking that McCain honestly believed it would be a sleazy card to play--and that his refusal to play it meant he didn't need to feel bad about the somewhat-less-sleazy cards he did place on the table.

--Christopher Orr