McCAIN A DEMOCRAT?….Did John McCain seriously consider switching to the Democratic Party in 2001? Seriously enough to discuss it with Democratic leaders for two full months? That’s what former Senator Tom Daschle and former Rep. Tom Downey say.

And McCain? After first saying he was preparing a response, he now says he’s decided not to comment. Steve Benen has the full rundown.

Like everyone else who’s commented on this, I have to assume that McCain’s candidacy is toast if this story is verified — or even if McCain doesn’t produce a plausible rebuttal. He better start talking fast.

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