The John McCain sex story:
Sure, it took place a while ago (allegedly
) but doesn't it work to his advantage in that it counters the "old man" label he's been tagged with? Also, it diverts attention away from some unpopular policy positions, making McCain's "character" the focus of the debate (where he usually comes out on top, no matter what. E.g. Kristo
If you focus only on the sex angle, perhaps. But it also brings up McCain's lobbyist ties and revives Keating 5, neither of which today's electorate is likely to be familiar with. It's not in itself fatal, but it's something that should begin the push back on the Maverick narrative, assuming Democrats--or Huckabee/Romney!--take the ball and run with it...