It is easy to look back at the media coverage of Quayle in August of 1988 and to find language that closely resembles today's talk about Palin.
Clearly, McCain knows that even a nice old man like Larry King could notice things were falling apart, and might ask John McCain about it.
The fact still is that Senator McCain and his campaign lied to a pastor, by agreeing to rules and breaking them, and not telling him until after the fact.
John McCain has 118 lobbyists either working or raising money for him. So far, he's fired only three of them.
McCain has a credible brand with the public, who see him as a maverick and a reformer. He may be able to use his own popularity to infuse the Republicans with new life and a new narrative -- the "Change Republican."