John McCain couldn't have planned this better if he tried. As the Russians jumped ugly, Bush was at the Olympics and Obama was on vacation in Hawaii. McCain is flexing muscles he didn't know he had.

• The awakening Russian bear combined with the vacationing Barack Obama are an obvious boost for McCain—especially when Republican bloggers spread the word that Hawaii is a foreign country.

• McCain wants to get tough with the Russians while Obama wants to engage with them. I've seen this movie before, and here is how it turns out: Nixon wins.

• Returning to the practice of law, John Edwards will go from tort reform to tart reform.