John McCain must be in a quandary. Twice he lost to Bush because of negative ads against him when he ran what is generally believed to be an upfront campaign. Everyone was done in by the Bush-Rove style of no-slam-is-too-low politicking.
With Bush oh-so-over it looked as if his chance were here until circumstances blindsided everyone; no longer was the so-called war against terrorism a winnable mantra. Having more or less ignored economic issues most of his career, that turned out to be just as catastrophic for his campaign. (That or trying to fit Bush's advisers into his rhetoric - what was he thinking?)
It would be easier to sympathize with him if it weren't for that adage: it's during the rough times that a man's character is formed. He knows how to have honor as a military man but that has not translated into honor as a politician.