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Has the Washington Post's Sebastian Mallaby Finally Grown Up?

Matthew Yglesias thinks so:

Matthew Yglesias » Mallaby Loses I: I think it’s fair to say that Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby has had about enough of John McCain and his mythos:

McCain used to be a real straight talker. On campaign finance, spending earmarks, Iraq and immigration, he has fought bravely for his principles; and that record might have been a trump against an opponent who has taken almost no such risks. But we are now witnessing what might be called McCain’s Palinization. McCain once criticized Christian conservatives as agents of intolerance, but he has caved in to their intolerance of a pro-choice running mate. McCain claims to be devoted to his country, yet he would saddle it with a vice president who is unprepared to serve as commander in chief. In the same sad way, McCain has caved in to his party’s anti-tax fanatics. The man of principle has become a panderer. The straight talker flip-flops.

This seems unfair to Sarah Palin: there’s really no reason to think she ever had anything other than hard-core right-wing views on abortion and drilling.... [She] never expressed opinions on other major issues of national policy to sell out.

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