Says ABC political contributor Matthew Dowd, on "Good Morning America": "My guess is, whether they apologize or not, Barack Obama will never use that expression again in the next 60 days."
And Team McCain pushes the culture clash in a new ad: "Obama's one accomplishment? Legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners," the ad says. "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."
The Obama campaign swings back by playing the honor card. Said spokesman Bill Burton: "It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls. . . . Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why."
Some backup: "This is a deliberately misleading accusation," writes McClatchy's Margaret Talev.
As for Palin's record: "As the mayor of the town of Wasilla, Sarah Palin raised questions about removing books in the public library and tried to fire the town librarian. She says the two were not connected," ABC's Brian Ross reported Wednesday on "Good Morning America."
"Around the time Palin became mayor, the [Wasilla Assembly of God] church and other conservative Christians began to focus on certain books available in local stores and in the town library, including one called 'Go Ask Alice' and another written by a local pastor, Howard Bess, called 'Pastor, I Am Gay,' " Ross reports.
Says local resident Anne Kilkenny: "Mayor Palin asked the librarian, 'What is your response if I ask you to remove some books from the collection at the Wasilla public library?' "
Continues Ross: "In a conversation with me yesterday, the librarian said she could not recall Palin ever asking for specific book titles to be removed from the shelves, but acknowledged her treatment by Palin had been very rough."
Writes USA Today's John Fritze: "The city says there is no record of any books being yanked from the shelves. . . . Palin has cast her questions about the library's policy, including at a 1996 City Council meeting, as theoretical. Her critics, including a city resident who attended the meeting, say the questioning was more direct."
More on "Troopergate": "An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop 'disparaging' the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing a bitter separation and divorce from Palin's sister Molly," Newsweek's Mark Hosenball reports.
"Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers' union about how Sarah Palin -- then a private citizen -- and members of her family, including her father and daughter, lodged up to a dozen complaints against Wooten with the state police."