Unlike a number of other Bush supporters, John McCain hasn't been overly critical of Kerry's debate performance — in fact, McCain's comments have been downright flattering:
Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who informally advised Bush on how to debate his friend and Senate colleague, told reporters in Miami on Friday that the debate was probably Kerry's "brightest moment" in the last six weeks. "He presented himself well, John did," McCain said. "Kerry came out slugging."
Sometimes I wonder if McCain, secretly, giggles giddily to himself every time he gives Kerry/Edwards a new sound bite. It's doubtful Rove's laughing; bringing on a past opponent who was smeared into the ground might at first seem like a sound idea in an attempt to cement base support, but in a close race it could be a mistake that's irreparable.