imageThe panel on Hardball (Andrea Mitchell and Roger Simon) is now discussing that John McCain is merely being misled by his staff, and that's why he's saying all sorts of stupid, dishonest things about Obama. Also, McCain has a Sense of Honor, and we all know it.

So, either a major presidential candidate has a staff full of people who are openly and purposefully lying to him in order to embarrass him in public, or John McCain is a dishonest asshole and still has the full faith and credibility of the media, because he made them some deliciously poorly-seasoned ribs.

It's one of the weirdest things about this cycle: when John McCain does the same asinine, nasty stuff that every Republican candidate since at least Nixon has done in order to win elections, the only reason that isn't valid for why he's doing them is the simplest one - because he wants to.