The 2008 McCain is to the 2000 McCain what New Coke was to Coke Classic.
Up until this week, there were many voters who thought they were voting for McCain 2000: that after the election he’d take off his mask and stand revealed as Moderate-Man. Now there are fewer of them. As Arianna Huffington said, “I’d like to vote for the John McCain of 2000. But to do so I’d need a time machine.”