Joyner has started to note what I predicted…

When I saw the headline “McCain Adviser Won’t Fight Obama,” I surmised that a challenge to duel was being declined. The real story is actually even more bizarre.

A top adviser to John McCain said Wednesday that he will step down from the Arizona senator’s presidential campaign if the presumed GOP nominee faces Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the general election.

“I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama,” said McCain adviser Mark McKinnon in an interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered.” “I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.”

McKinnon, who was a Democrat before serving as President Bush’s ad maker in 2000 and 2004, said that he plans to be behind McCain “100 percent” no matter who the Democratic nominee is. He explained, however, that if the Democrats nominate Obama, he will be supporting McCain “from the sidelines.”

It turns out, though, that McKinnon had gone on the record with this position repeatedly, giving interviews to this effec at least as early as last June so, presumably, McCain knew this already. Which, really, makes it even more strange.

Not really. Those of us who have been questioning the wisdom of McCain being the nominee… this is part of what we’ve been judging McCain’s candidacy on, all along. Arguments that have been rejected… but are now a bit harder to reject.

A few days ago, I made a point about the Obama Campaign worker, who posted a Che flag…. I said that she’d likely not be associating herself with such things if she figured Obama and Che were working opposite ends of the political spectrum.

I would point out that the same thing applies here; Clearly, McKinnon feels McCain and Obama are working in the same general neighborhood, or at least are not at odds with each other. Seems logical to aver also that he only came on with McCain for the purpose of defeating Clinton. Now that Clinton isn’t a threat, he goes back to his first choice.

I wonder how many supposedly Indy McCain followers were on McCain’s bandwagon because he was seen as the best deal liberals were going to get, assuming a Clinton nomination. How many will follow McKinnon’s suit?

Addendum: (Bit) John Hawkins has some thoughts on this

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