Who cares, only the left? The wing-nuts and dead-enders on the right will vote for him if he starts wearing a dress and singing Shirley Temple songs at campaign rallies. All that matters is that he doesn't have a D after his name.
Witness this where he agrees with Barack Obama's, and al-Maliki's 16 month strategy:
BLITZER: What If Maliki persists, you're president and he says he wants U.S. Troops out and he wants them out, let's say in a year or two years or 16 months or whatever, what do you do? Do you listen to the prime minister?
MCCAIN: He won't. He won't.
BLITZER: How do you know?
MCCAIN: Because i know him. And i know him very well. And i know the other leaders. And i know -- i've been there eight times, as you know. I know them very, very well.
BLITZER: So Why do you think he said that 16 months is basically a pretty good timetable?
MCCAIN: He said it's a pretty good timetable based on conditions on the ground. I think it's a pretty good timetable, as we should -- or horizons for withdrawal. But they have to be based on conditions on the ground.
Note the gratuitous and frankly wacky use of GWBush's phrase do jour horizons. Clearly McCain will say anything, ANYTHING, even something Obama said first. It's almost a tic, like he can't help himself, and it almost seems that he doesn't hear what he's saying.
MCCAIN YESTERDAY: "Speaking at a town hall meeting here, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that Obama, even after visiting Iraq, was showing 'a remarkable failure to understand the facts on the ground' by continuing to call for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on a fixed timetable." [Atlanta Journal Constotution, July 24, 2008]
MCCAIN LAST WEEK: "An artificial timetable based on political expediency would have led to disaster and could still turn success into defeat," Mr. McCain said. [New York Times, 7/19/08]
First it's a bad idea, until it's my idea. Sheer hackitude.