Phil, I would never want to give up getting “way too much in the trees” –what we would bloggers do all day? ( I do cop to covering the GOP race very carefully, all the minutiae included, both here and elsewhere.) Seriously, I think I’ve repeated frequently that this is correctable stuff and it’s better to happen now. My main point, echoed at NRO, National Journal and by others, is that his almost inexplicable delay in entering the race and the lack of substantive themes from him leaves the field open to these stories. Over time it may make a difference. Since May I’ve been encouraging him to enter and even today suggested a good policy debate on global warming. But ultimately candidates make their choices and live with the consequences so we’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out.