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I Think I Now Know Why He Didn’t Walk Away

Last night while fighting through a bout of insomnia I decided to try to sort through a massive stack of old magazines to figure out why past-me decided I desperately needed to hold onto them. Wading into the pile it was interesting to plot the trajectory of this presidential race from last spring until now. One article that particularly stood out was “Missing McCain” by John Heilemann in New York Magazine. Here’s a bit:

It would be pleasingly counterintuitive to declare that McCain, at this, his lowest moment, is now poised for a miraculous recovery. Indeed, I’ve been itching to write exactly that all through his recent free fall. But, alas, the contrarian impulse has its limits. Though it’s not impossible to conjure a narrative in which McCain wins the nomination, doing so requires half a bottle of Maker’s Mark, followed by a nitrous-oxide chaser. A more sober assessment of his predicament suggests the Straight Talk Express may be up on blocks before 2008 arrives-and that, in turn, raises a blunt question for a man who prizes bluntness above all: Why not walk away right now and avoid further humiliation?

To post this isn’t a dig at Heilemann. Lord knows this race has been a convergence of so many strange events, personalities and externalities we can all be forgiven lack of prescience. Still, to add my voice to the chorus, what a difference six months can make…

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