Taricha asks "How long will McCain be able to keep up the balancing act of telling fiscal conservatives/economic & tax experts privately that he doesn't support the things he talks about publicly?" My guess is a very long time. The general quality of campaign coverage is very low, the press likes being kind to John McCain, and the press also likes being kind to the candidate who's losing so expect very little scrutiny here.
What's more, the pixie dust that makes this "all things to all people" magic work is the reality that President McCain is going to be facing expanded Democratic majorities in 2009 so people assume that McCain's campaign pledges are quasi-meaningless and that all this stuff would be reopened once he has to sit down with Reid & Pelosi.
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