What is it about the South Carolina coast that gets Sen. John McCain in a musical frame of mind. First came the “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb” Iran joke. Now, at a forum earlier today in Myrtle Beach, McCain told the crowd that he would beat Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., “like a drum.”

Unlike the Iran jab, this one appears calculated.

“That’s a line I used frankly in 2000 when I said I could beat Al Gore like a drum. It got good coverage then,” he said.

Of course, its coverage will be diluted this time around considering the Clinton campaign’s hostage standoff later in the day. Maybe he can recycle it for the next debate.