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The End of John McCain

David Grann writes a postmortem for the McCain campaign in this week's New Yorker, tracking how McCain betrayed his "character-based politics" in order to satisfy the Republican base. The piece includes quotes from several critics, but this quote, from a friend "who has been instrumental in his career," sums it up: "I don't think he'll ever recover. My fear is that people who view the John McCain from the years '96 to '06 will think it was a political gimmick and what they've seen in the last five months is who he really is. If honor is your ideology, and you lose that, then what do you have left?"