The Democratic strategy for beating John McCain is pretty simple. Its principal element: Tie McCain to President Bush, no matter how hard he struggles to break free.
Last week illustrated the maneuvering over Bush. McCain started the week with a speech on global warming, where he broke with the President. By the week’s end, though, McCain had been drawn into a fight over Mideast policy between Barack Obama and the White House, with McCain taking Bush’s side. Obama knows that voters do not yet trust him on foreign policy. But he also knows that they are even more wary of what Democrats call “a third Bush term.”