Straight Talk Express has to stray far off the track for even Rove to call out McCain. Rove also says some of Obama ads have done the same, but I challenge any rational person to prove that case.
What's sad is that McCain once was one of the more appealing politicians for his willingness to offer "straight talk" and buck his party. But he's now made the deal with the devil that is the conservative core in his desperation for the Presidency.
It's doubly sad to witness this given David Foster Wallace's suicide. Wallace's writings on McCain during the 2000 elections were collected into a short book: McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope.
Wallace saw some hope in McCain then. I have no doubt he would have been, or perhaps already was, deeply disappointed that McCain betrayed the Maverick.