The McCain-Palin team has lurched hard to the right. Their rallies are are xenophobic, which is scaring away independents and moderate Republicans. McCain is now calling Obama a socialist even as he champions the government's heavy intervention in the financial system and was party to the largest expansion of government (over the last 8 years) since the Great Society. He is even in talks with Joe the Plumber to take the latter on the campaign trail, despite his dubious background. Almost simultaneously, he is talking about his record of working with others across the aisle. This strategy makes no sense to me because it isn't fluid (and coherent) at all. Either you're inclusive or exclusive, but you cannot be both. By talking out of all sides of his mouth, McCain may only be preaching to the choir and regressing to a defensive position without realizing it. Is this his strategy?