John McCain smiled and nodded in 2004 as the Swift Boat Veterans lied and distorted John Kerry's record of military service, McCain simply refused to denounce or tepidly rebuke the attacks because he so badly needed the deranged GOP base to support him in 2008. Having made such attacks now a part of our national discourse, McCain now seems to have shifted from enabler to subject.
MORE: And now, Republican candidates have suddenly discovered that they don't want people to go through their personal histories. They built their now-defunct congressional majority on just those principles, as well as the eight year presidency of Bush and his two campaigns against Al Gore and John Kerry. What good for the goose is never good for the gander, if he's a Republican. Too bad guys, the seal has been broken.