McCain Demeans Himself With New Attacks on Obama

Blogger says his tactics are embarrassing
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2008 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain has abandoned “respect and decorum” with his latest volley of attacks against Barack Obama, blogger Steve Benen writes in the Carpetbagger Report. A case in point: McCain said this week that he had never flip-flopped and, when asked if Obama were a socialist, said simply, "Oh, I don't know." Benen figures that “desperation is beginning to cloud” the Republican’s judgment.

When talking up Obama’s policy reversals, McCain was challenged about his flip-flops on drilling, tax cuts, and immigration. McCain responded, “Actually, no.” He insisted that he has “not changed my mind" on those or “any other” issues. Benen points readers to his own encyclopedia of Mac calisthenics, a flip-flop tally that currently numbers 64.