Wednesday, July 16, 2008

McCain Argues with Himself

I'm off to a day at the beach, but thought this would be a good time to post this.

-- Eddie

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-=[ McCainfusion ]=-

[Note: I got much of the following through research from the following article: click here.]

Since almost no one else is doing (at least not in the corporate-owned media), and seeing that almost any Obama nuanced articulation of policy is labeled a flip-flop, I felt I should do my civic duty and point out some McCain inconsistencies.

In 1999, while campaigning for the GOP nomination as a “moderate,” McCain was dubbed a “maverick” by the corporate media (which of course ignored McCain’s role in the corruption scandal, the Keating Five). Back then, he proclaimed himself a pro-life candidate, but told reporters “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade.” He went further explaining that overturning Roe would force “women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

Today, campaigning for the GOP nomination as a conservative, McCain stands on the opposite side of a woman’s right to choose debate. On ABC, this is how he explained this flip-flop to a reporter:

MCCAIN: I don’t think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place, but I do believe that it’s very likely or possible that the Supreme Court should — could overturn Roe v. Wade, which would then return these decisions to the states, which I support…. Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states (emphasis added).

Hmmm… The old McCain didn’t want an amendment and didn’t want Roe overturned. The new McCain completely disagrees with the old McCain!

I’ll grant that sometimes politicians’ opinions on social policies can, and often do, “evolve” over time. Dick Gephardt and Al Gore, for example, both opposed abortion rights before eventually becoming pro-choice. Keeping this in mind, perhaps McCain’s shift may thinking has changed over time.

Yeah right! Believe that and while you’re at it, would you kindly pick up that bar of soap over there, please? It’s more likely, in light of this politician’s history of corruption and deception, that McCain is once again chucking any pretense of consistency and integrity, and is now willing to say anything to win.

There’s more, lot’s more. Apparently, McCain learned that he could never win as a moderate republican. The religious zealots and economic conservative thieves would never vote for a moderate republican. That would be like hiring a stuttering lawyer, or doctor afraid of the sight of blood.

Here’s a good one:

McCain publicly criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but before Falwell’s death (proof that there is a Goddess!) McCain decided that ole Jerry, the same idiot who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks, was a cool kid. In fact, McCain hired Falwell’s debate coach.

::blank stare::

If you believe the nation is economically better off today than before Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, then vote for McCain. However, do take note that at one time McCain opposed the tax cuts! He reversed course in February.

BTW, if you believe McCain is a moderate or even a maverick, I have a bridge to sell you. Send me a PM, we’ll talk :;wink::

In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. Well, guess what? In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support!

Just imagine the feeding frenzy the corporate media would go on if Obama did something even remotely similar!

You remember campaign finance reform, right? At one time, McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation. In addition, in actual practice, McCain has always outspent his political opponents. McCain gave up on his own signature policy issue, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.

McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University. Not any more. LOL! Imagine if Obama decided to address a group at the invitation of Louis Farrakhan? The media would string him by his testicles! (Oooops, I think Jesse Jackson already referred to Obama’s nuts).

McCain was anti-ethanol! Wait! Now he’s pro-ethanol!

McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag!

Now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.

It’s not exactly news that McCain has veered ridiculously to the right in a shameless attempt to reinvent himself, but we still have major corporate media figures telling the public “no one would accuse McCain of equivocating on anything.”


Obama needs to take advantage of this and hold him to the fire. I will be looking forward to the debates. Now is the time to characterize accurately McCain as a man with no principle beliefs. Dems should not only criticize McCain’s constantly evolving opinions on nearly everything, they should openly mock him for it now, so that the storyline becomes second nature.



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