As my husband observed early on, McCain the mortal couldn't mind having an attractive woman all but singing arias to his greatness. Cameras frequently capture McCain beaming like a gold-starred schoolboy while Palin tells crowds that he is ‘exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief.’ This, notes [writer Robert] Draper, ‘seemed to confer not only valor but virility on a 72-year-old politician who only weeks ago barely registered with the party faithful.’
It's all about McCain's manhood. Everything, from Palin to Iran to "that one." It was taken away in Vietnam, and he can't rest until he erases the past.