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QUOTE OF THE DAY….From Dan Schnur, former campaign spokesman for John McCain, on his erstwhile boss:

“He is the best apologizer in politics.”

Yeah, I’ve noticed that. Maybe McCain should spend a little more time actually living up to his vaunted code of honor instead of breaking it whenever it’s convenient and then ostentatiously whipping himself for it later in order to burnish his political reputation.

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