The John McCain card is the surest way for a conservative to get favorably cited by the LSM. That is to bash a fellow conservative. Matt Labash, of the Weekly Standard, ties to get his fifteen minutes of fame, from Johnathan Martin and John F. Harris, Politico: 
“The appeal of conservatism is supposed to be people taking responsibility for their own actions,” said Labash. “But if you close your eyes and listen to Palin and her most irate supporters constantly squawk or bellyache or tweet about how unfair a ride she gets from evil mustache-twirling elites and RINO saboteurs, she sounds like a professional victimologist, the flip side of any lefty grievance group leader. She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition. The only difference being, she wears naughty-librarian glasses instead of a James Brown ‘do.”
Mr. Labash, meet Mr. Conservative, to wit Rush Limbaugh :
But this rising vitriol from the “conservative intellectual” bench is mystifying to me. (sigh) I don’t get this comparison to Al Sharpton. I don’t know where that comes from. That’s Matt Labash at the Weekly Standard. I don’t know where that comes from. What does Sharpton do? Would somebody point out one similarity between Al Sharpton and Sarah Palin? Where is the Tawana Brawley in Sarah Palin’s life? Where is that incident? Where are all the megaphone-lead rallies and protests? Where are those things? Where is the complement to the National Action Network and its annual convention in whatever else?
Where is this? Where are the lawsuits that Sharpton files against people? Well, they claim that she’s playing her cards. Where is her tax cheating, for example? Who is Sarah Palin shaking down? I mean, if we’re gonna start making these comparisons… (interruption) What was it you just shouted at me, H.R.? Well, that’s why they say she’s portraying herself as a victim because she’s firing back. They are saying that she should just shut up. In the aftermath of being blamed for this Arizona thing, she should have just shut up. The fact that she responded and reacted to it means that she’s feeling sorry for herself and is portraying herself as a victim — and that’s something that the left does: Portray themselves as victims.
So Mr. Labash either pony up one Tawana Brawley sized fraud on the part of Mrs. Palin, or redact your silly charge and STFU!