McCain's convention gambit is now a culture war strategy. It depends for its execution on conflict with journalists and bloggers and on confusion between and among the press, the blogosphere, and the Democratic party.
Many journalists decided long ago that McCain is just different from other politicians. They declare McCain innocent of all sins associated with other members of his profession, no matter how often he commits them.
Doctors can alleviate any concerns about McCain's health. But Americans can rightly wonder whether he truly understands the faltering economy that he will have to steer back to health if he becomes president.