And then I read this:
And now John Moody, executive vice president at Fox News, has commented on his blog that "this incident could become a watershed event in the 11 days before the election. If Ms. Todd's allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.
"If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain's quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting."
He titles his posting: "Moment of Truth." Indeed. Matt Drudge, who had trumpeted the story for nearly 24 hours, just added a new link titled "B...or B.S.?"
I'm completely mystified. I don't get why this incident should have a bearing on anyone's vote. If a violent robber attacked someone who supports John McCain, how does that in any way reflect on Barack Obama? If the violent attacker did so while wearing an Obama t-shirt and escaped in a car with an Obama bumper sticker and then donated the stolen goods to the Obama campaign it still wouldn't reflect on Obama. How does it mean that someone "doesn't know enough about the Democratic nominee"? Surely she was not suggesting that it was Barack Obama who attacked her!
But similarly, if some crazy McCain supporter made this story up (and the latest reports are saying she admits to doing so) how could anyone conclude that reflects on John McCain? To think that he planned or condoned this hoax (if it is one) is just as absurd as thinking that Obama condoned or planned the attack (if, as seems increasing unlikely, there was one).
ETA: Now even Drudge, who originally reported this story, is admitting it was a hoax. I still say it has no bearing on the election.