IF Karl Rove did such a thing, it’s despicable. IF.
But John McCain should still be kicking himself for running such a dumb, self-destructive campaign. He can curse Rove all he wants, if he really believes that Rove pulled such a racist stunt, but the fact remains, McCain was his own worst enemy, and probably wouldn’t have won South Carolina (or any other Southern state) anyway.
McCain is a guy who enjoys media attention, and relished being a media darling. As a result, he played to the media and continuallyu drifted leftward during a campaign to win the Republican nomination. Even a rank amateur at politics could have (and SHOULD have) told him that was a stupid strategy.
No matter which party you belong to, you HAVE to appeal to the hard core zealots of your party during the primary season, and THEN start moving to the center AFTER you’ve sewn up the nomination. If you do anything else, you’re an idiot.
John McCain was an idiot. He should have known that the very statements (attacking the religious right, for instance) that made him so popular on the press bus were things that would make him unelectable in Southern states he needed.