Last week, John McCain said that things were going so well in Iraq that there were neighborhoods in Baghdad were anyone could walk safely, contrary to media reports. This weekend, he proved it, by going to a market three minutes across the Tigris River from the Green Zone. Of course, to remain safe, McCain wore a bulletproof vest and was guarded by over “100 US soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead,” according to NBC’s Tom Aspell.

Can McCain seriously believe what he’s saying, or is he so caught up in the political pandering process that he’s abandoned the Straight Talk Express entirely?