...does anyone truly believe that the Rovians around McCain wouldn't be wielding a mace against Wright if they thought it would work? Even if it offended McCain's proud sensibilities, we know Sarah Palin wouldn't have any hesitation spouting whatever shit they set before her. The meta ruckus over Rev Wright ruckus is the preliminary round of the blame game Republicans are ready to play to rationalize what they fear will be a wipeout this November. It's already a treat watching Mark Steyn in a mock-populist snit over Christopher Buckley's endorsement of Obama, and Mark Levin rattling his parrot cage over the media attention given David Frum's thumbs-down of Sarah Palin. It can only get better (i.e., more bitter) from here.

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