Dancin’ With The Candidate

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank writes up John McCain’s evolving stance on offshore oil drilling and his overall efforts to appeal both “to independent voters” and “the still-suspicious Republican base” as choreographed, if not particularly fluid, dance steps (kicking off the piece with his own age-related battement):

If John McCain keeps dancing like this, he’s liable to break a hip.

Last month, he shimmied to the left on energy policy, infuriating conservatives with a plan to cap carbon emissions. Yesterday, he shuffled back to the right, demanding an end to quarter-century-old bans on offshore oil drilling.

Are reporters turning on McCain? Could McCain be turning on reporters? Milbank reports that during yesterday’s press “session:”

The man once celebrated for his informality with reporters emerged in a severe gray suit and stood in front of four American flags, flared with the help of adhesive tape. He scolded one reporter for asking a question without raising her hand. One star correspondent, arriving a few minutes late for the event, was forced to wait outside until McCain finished.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.