Joe Klein is pleased with McCain's new tone:

If he sticks with it, and the campaign turns around, it will be a victory for civility. If the campaign doesn't turn around--a more likely scenario--McCain will be able to return to the Senate with a few stray threads of dignity intact.

Of course it's better. But virtue is doing the right thing when it doesn't help you. Cynicism is broadcasting the right thing when it's the only way left to rescue your own ass.

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