Michelle has never been very fond of John McCain to begin with and she's right that McCain was quicker and more forceful in defending his opponent than his own running mate, shameful. I am not convinced those anonymous smears even came from the McCain camp and the media is more than willing to parrot any smear of a Republican regardless of the validity of the smearer. That however does not excuse McCain from not coming out with a vigorous denunciation. Here is Michelle with Neil Cavuto discussing McCain's appearance with Jay Leno on how nonchalantly McCain dismissed it, via Hot Air.
I was going to vote for McCain as a Nobama vote till he chose Palin and then I voted for her. He would not have been our nominee if the GOP in some states did not allow indies or Democrats to vote in our primaries. To me McCain was always next to last on my list just barely ahead of Ron Paul. I am convinced that Mitt Romney was our strongest candidate and would have been able to handle the economic message so much better than the incoherent McCain.
Update: The New York Times of all places even confirms the Palin smears came from a fake "source". This actually a pretty good piece from the Times, I guess they are trying to regain some of their lost credibility.
It was among the juicier post-election recriminations: Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.
Who would say such a thing? On Monday the answer popped up on a blog and popped out of the mouth of David Shuster, an MSNBC anchor. “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said.
Trouble is, Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist. His blog does, but it’s a put-on. The think tank where he is a senior fellow — the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy — is just a Web site. The TV clips of him on YouTube are fakes.
Kudos due when they are deserved even to the NYT, as they say go read the whole thing.