John McCain, who pre-nomination bleated endlessly about his "Conservative Credentials" and being a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution (AKA Let's crank up the deficit and fund right wing death squads by selling arms to the Iranians that held our citizens hostage for over a year), is now, like Obama, attempting to shift his rhetoric back to the centre to bring in those pesky wavering independents.
US politics is great.
Trouble is McCain has to grapple with the GOP at the upcoming party conference which includes dealing with their "platform". See the Wash Post article here.
This is my fave bit (emboldened in a key spot).
McCain has spent the past year and a half trying to straddle the philosophical schism in the modern Republican Party. In primaries, he stressed his conservative credentials, but since clinching the nomination he has often reminded voters of his more moderate stances while professing his fealty to conservative positions.
A platform fight at the convention could disrupt that carefully choreographed effort by highlighting the stark differences in vision for the party separating McCain from some of the GOP's most dedicated activists.
The battle may not be avoidable. The current GOP platform is a 100-page document, and all but nine pages mention Bush's name. Virtually the entire platform will have to be rewritten to lessen the imprint of the president, who has the highest disapproval rating of any White House occupant since Richard M. Nixon.
Does this mean they're going to have to give the GOP platform ...
... a Brazilian?