That's Kristol's spin today. Having spent his last column urging McCain to go on the negative attack, he now advises exactly the opposite. That is his prerogative, of course. But an actual journalist would acknowledge that he has changed his mind and take responsibility for his previous advice, given just days ago. Kristol, in all this, is Rovian. It's never about intellectual honesty or accountability and always about short-term power. Then Kristol joins me in a call for Palin to hold a real press conference:

Keep just a minimal staff to help organize the press conferences McCain and Palin should have at every stop and the TV interviews they should do at every location.

Nate Silver senses a McCain campaign reboot narrative. If it gives us a Palin press conference - open-ended, with follow-ups - it will be worth it. But remember they have only signed onto this because the alternative has failed. They're only honorable and accountable when the opposite doesn't work.

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