Why don’t they offer to write it FOR him?

The New York TImes rejected John McCain’s opinion piece about the war which he wrote in response to Barack Obama’s piece which ran last week. But they gave him another chance, with only a few requirements:

It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the Senator’s Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan.

Ah. As long as McCain advocates a plan basically the same as Obama’s, the NYT will print it.

For the record, I don’t have much trouble with the NYT refusing. They can and should refuse anything that they want to. The key is that everyone needs to realize/admit that they refuse anything that they want to.