McCain aide Mark Salter: Sullivan "seems to have lost his f***ing mind"

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” runs Sully’s tagline, quoting Orwell. Consider Salter’s struggle won. Doubtless this righteous salvo, too, will be assimilated into the unified field theory of Trig Trutherism, probably as evidence that Sully got too close to the truth in his scary smart insinuation about Palin buying off the hospital staff where Trig was delivered.

I’m not going to quote the money passage lest it discourage you from reading the whole worthwhile interview. I’ll quote this instead:

JG: Looking back, do you think there was something false about your salad days with the press?

MS: No, I’m trying not to draw general lessons about the press or us or the meaning of life out of all of this. Otherwise I’d despair. I think the media is driven by a need to see this history happen. And I think they’ve rationalized it, they think they’re on the level with McCain, that he’s not the old McCain. But he is the old McCain. He just doesn’t know what happened to the old press corps. They rationalize a reason to go get him. Every Obama attack they carry. Every McCain criticism of Obama they rush to blunt even before Obama does.

Tom Bevan reminds us Salter’s not the first campaign aide to detect this dynamic.