He tells us that McCain only now has come up to where Barack Obama has been all along, which is to say, a realization that Afghanistan is the theater of true importance in the post 9/11 world.
But there's more.
Take the whole ex Senator Phil Gramm blow-up (recall that he accused Americans of whining about the economy and was finally dropped as a biggie in the McCain campaign). Rich gives than attention that has till now been missing in the MSM.
Rich stresses, for example -- and this is so important -- just how close Gramm (he of the Bush/Texas mold) and McCain were, close enough for Gramm to have been considered by some a shoo-in for Treasury Secretary under a President McCain.
Says Rich: "The McCain-Gramm bond, dating back 15 years, is more scandalous than Mr. Obama’s connection with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright." (read)
But talk about bumbling. Let's not forget the unforgettable way that McCain absolutely blew the interview raising questions about Carly Fiorina, whom Frank Rich calls the "ubiquitous new public face of McCain economic policy."
Rich reminds us that Fiorina said McCain wanted insurance plans to cover birth control meds and Viagra, when in fact McCain had voted against that.
Here's McCain blowing it in a way that would embarrass even W.