Is John McCain Totally Off the Rails?

We wake up this morning to a sunny forecast in Iraq, from none other than John "I Misspoke" McCain. Even as a 60 Minutes interview prepares to air this evening in which McCain reportedly backpedals on his upbeat assessment of the continuing quagmire, he pens an op-ed for the Washington Post that shows his rose colored glasses are still firmly welded to his face.

The only explanation I can come up with is that he's desperately courting the GOP presidential nomination endorsement of the Bush / Cheney regime. With the approval of the war (and George Bush and Dick Cheney) hovering at or below 30%, one would think that a campaign strategy which requires McCain to keep his lips firmly planted to the butt cheeks of the current regime would be a loser. For whatever reason, though, he apparently doesn't think so.

In his WaPo op-ed, John McCain takes the media to the woodshed for not reporting the good news out of Iraq, and lists some examples. This is almost too easy - but let's examine the claims, one by one...

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