WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain moved to shore up his support among conservatives by pledging Tuesday to nominate strict-constructionist judges to the federal bench.
"It will fall to the next president to nominate hundreds of qualified men and women to the federal courts, and the choices we make will reach far into the future," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said during a speech at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
How exactly has the McCain camp come to believe that a good campaign strategy is promising more of the same of Bush?
Don't they see the polls the rest of us do showing George Bush is the most unpopular president since, oh, I don't know, Idi Amin? Do they not notice that an astounding 80 percent of the American people think the country is on the wrong track?
But, no, he's promising to continue an incredibly unpopular war and to carry on the same disastrous social and economic policies. McCain is literally and figuratively throwing his arms around George W.
I'm glad he is - but it is somewhat strange.
Of course, it's telling that he feels he still has to shore up the conservative base of the GOP. Even though he's begun a major panderfest, reversing his positions on tax cuts and immigration policies to fall into line with the right-wing mindset (so much for Mr. Maverick), they still don't really trust him.