Sadly, the McCain camp has fallen into the undignified trap of using the candidate’s lone, undeniable accomplishment in public life—he’s a had a few others but you lose those brownie points if you later flip-flop and renounce your previous positions—and milking it for cheap political points. Is his buddy Giuliani advising the campaign?
About the 'how many houses?' gaffe:
"This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," says his campaign.
Or when Elizabeth Edwards criticized his healthcare plan:
[McCain] knew what it was like to get inadequate care "from another government," the campaign retorts.
And the flacks are already on message: