I still can't make up my mind which McCain narrative obtains. Was he a straight shooter gone crooked, as lamented by David Brooks and the rest of McCain's former base? Or was he always a spoiled, irascible, goof off who cultivated a fictional biography for politlcal purposes, as exhaustively detailed by Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone?
We may never know. And after Tuesday, we may not ever have to care again. But in the meantime, here's one more data point to add to the McCain graph: my friend Ross Tuttle has a story just up at The Nation about McCain's week long, tax-funded, family reunion at the Bermuda Naval Air Station in 1991. Yes, this was a while back but the timing is important: the trip was taken just after McCain's Keating censure, the supposed moment of McCain's political transformation into a reformer. I guess reform includes flying to Bermuda on military planes and having sailors carry your shopping bags around.