Shifting Sands

Last week, both the Bush administration and John McCain found themselves shifting in the direction of positions Barack Obama had long espoused in terms of talks with Iran and in terms of the need for more troops in Afghanistan. More recently, Bush seemed to be edging toward embracing a timetable for withdrawal and now Maliki has explicitly embraced the Obama position on the need for a timetable.

This leaves us with two questions -- one is whether McCain will make this the third issue on which he's following Obama's lead, and the other is whether the press will note that his constant flip-flopping undermines the two core themes of his campaign, "straight talk" and alleged national security expertise.