Okay. So. Watching Chucky Krauthammer try to rehabilitate guilt by association--literally!--is sort of the inverse of the old Marxian adage: farce devolving into tragedy. What it indicates is a total failure of McCain's research team to come up with anything real, which in itself is sort of remarkable: that in the whole of Obama's life, the best they could come up with is that he sat on some board one time with a 60s radical and attended a church wherein the minister was sometimes prone to making provocative statements. This is the best they could do? Not one firebrand speech from his youth? Consider this: John Kerry was more radical than Barack Obama.