IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONSISTENCY…. Given how good the McCain/Palin team is at attacking, this strikes me as pretty weak tea.

John McCain is launching a new line of attack against Barack Obama, criticizing his rival for saying Sunday that he would buck his own party by calling for an increase in the size of the U.S. military.

“Of course, now he wants to increase it,” McCain told an audience in Lee’s Summit, Missouri Monday. “But during the primary he told a liberal advocacy group that he’d cut defense spending by tens of billions of dollars. He promised them he would, quote, ‘slow our development of future combat systems.’” […]

“Sen. Obama told the extreme left what they wanted to hear during the primary, now he’s trying to tell you what he thinks you want to hear,” McCain responded in Missouri. “My friends, you may not always agree with me but you will always know where I stand.”

The criticism here is just odd. Obama wants to increase the size of the military and cut some wasteful spending from the Pentagon budget. That was his position before, and that’s his position now. In fact, it’s a pretty sensible position, which McCain should, and probably does, agree with. So what is it, exactly, that McCain is whining about here?

As for McCain’s argument that voters will “always know” where he stands, McCain does realize he’s flip-flopped on 76 issues, right? The only thing we “always know” is that McCain will end up wherever the political winds take him.

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