Conservative Atlantic blogger, Andrew Sullivan, sees a pattern:
This . . . reminds me of the Iraq war. Even though the warning signs are now blaring red and flashing, even though we face a meltdown if Palin is nominated, and the destruction of her family, and a horrifying tabloid car crash, the GOP leadership cannot apparently acknowledge an error and back down before it’s too late. They are clearly trying to decide if it’s worse if McCain acknowledges his fantastic mistake or if it’s better just to carry on and pretend nothing is really happening – or going to happen.