That would have been the sensible approach, but it appears that sense has now completely fled from his entire crew. Instead of playing this down and trying to turn it into a strength, they have chosing to lie about the matter, pretending that it wasn't really that important, it was a political smear job and that McCain did nothing wrong.
Of course, by doing this, they have:
- Directly contradicted McCain's own well-documented words;
- Undercut much of McCain's image as a "maverick" who became a reformer because of past transgressions; and
- Worst of all, made this old scandal into news by trying to rewrite history, thereby ensuring thousands of more people learn about it.