Here’s an interesting detail from The New Republic that helps explain why the Times went with the McCain story when it did.
As TNR reported on its campaign blog, The Stump, last night:
The McCain campaign is apparently blaming TNR for forcing the Times’ hand on this story. We can’t yet confirm that. But we can say this: TNR correspondent Gabe Sherman is working on a piece about the Times’ foot-dragging on the McCain story, and the back-and-forth within the paper about whether to publish it.
Sherman’s story is to be published today — maybe after a quick rewrite.