Steve Benen ponders why McCain's campaign is scrapping the Ayres attack. He settles on its ineffectiveness, which I would agree with, and which can be seen below:
Basically, McCain's been able to win a few more voters. Not many after several days of this stuff. Obama is not hemorrhaging any voters to these attacks. Plus, they would probably increase McCain's unfavorables substantially.
Ultimately, McCain played a game of chicken with these smears and he blinked first. I guess that shows that he does have some small bit of honor remaining. Or maybe he's just already tired of this message, like he has of pretty much every message after a few days, as he is running the ADHD campaign.
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