If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.

– John Moody, Fox News vice president, October 23, 2008

Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

– KDKA-Pittsburgh, October 24, 2008

Ashley Todd is a very stupid 20-year old kid who’s revealed a real ugliness within. Remember how she described her non-existent assailant: "…a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes." Because is there any other way to describe a shadowy threat lurking around your corner? What, no keffiyeh?

Is this really how you wanted to win the White House, Mr. McCain?