Thursday, October 23, 2008

Here we go again...this time, let's meet his challenge

Sen. McCain has either been sniffing glue, or the rigors of the campaign have taken a toll on his mental acuity (what little of it remained) as he’s once again daring people to point out his flip-flopping

Unfortunately, the traditional media didn’t pick up on the story the first time, so let’s make sure they do THIS time.

During an interview yesterday with a local DC the reporter doing the interview told McCain that some “commentators” and even some “personal friends” have asked; “Where is the John McCain from 2000?”

McCain took umbrage with the question and claimed that nothing had changed since 2000, saying; “You’ll have to tell me what’s changed. I love it when they say, “Oh McCain has changed.” And I say, “What have I changed on?” They can’t name a single issue or they’ll name an issue and it’s false. I’m the same guy. I’m proud of our campaign.”

Well, well, well… here we go again.

ThinkProgress has identified a plethora of issues that McCain has flip-flopped on and I, as I’ve done before, am proud to present my Top Ten McCain Flip-Flops:

10. John Hagee, Rod Parsley. Jerry Falwell. All three are ‘controversial’ (read: idiotic) religious leaders who have either said outrageous and inane things or done outrageous and inane things. First he didn’t want their endorsement… then he did… then he didn’t again, but still kept the endorsement. Confused? Imagine how McCain feels…

09. Lobbyists. Back in May of this year McCain approved a ban on lobbyists working for his campaign… months later in July his campaign changed their mind and said lobbyists could work for his campaign.

08. Roe v Wade. First he said he would NOT repeal it, now he says the exact opposite.

07. Immigration. McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill. (Voting against your own bill is damn near the definition of flip-flopping. You can also see is own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997 that he crafted yet now opposes as another example of voting against a bill he created)

06. Taxes. McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them and vowing to keep them in place.

05. Social Security. First he defended the “privatizing” of Social Security and now he says he’s against privatization when in reality he still supports it. Also, at first he said he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes… not soon after he said “nothing off the table” regarding an increase in the payroll tax.

04. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill to the point he offered his own version that was panned by every veteran’s group dating back to the Peloponnesian war… how he’s for it AND taking credit for it. And to add to his delusion, he maintains that veteran’s groups support him and give him their highest grades; they don’t

03. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas, he now believes the opposite. He also believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria, he now believes the opposite. He also supported normalization of relations with Cuba… he now believes the opposite. (Do you sense a trend here?)

02. Torture. How in God’s name a former POW who was tortured over a course of five years can support waterboarding is anyone’s guess. But this past February McCain did just that and reversed course on the banning of waterboarding.

And the number one McCain flip-flop can STILL be summed up in one word: Iraq.

McCain’s claimed in the past that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy, apparently forgetting that in December 2003 McCain praised Rumsfeld’s strategy as “a mission accomplished.” He echoed that thought in March 2004 when he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” Follow that up with his remark in December 2005 when he said; “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

Additionally, McCain said before the war in Iraq that the US will “win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough” which proves that republicans have trouble grasping the concept of video recording.

As if that wasn’t enough, McCain has also changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq many, many many, many times… coming to the different conclusion that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

These aren’t even counting the facts that he opposed a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it… or that he endorsed intelligent design creationism in 2005 before saying the opposite a year later and then months after that saying that he was for and against creationism… or the fact he opposed a variety of measures on equal pay for women but then, this past July, said that he’s “committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That, is my record and you can count on it” (not on my life would I count on ANYTHING this man says)… or how he changed course on Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumventing the law… or the fact he was all for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, now not so much.

As I’ve said on this blog many times, in the right circumstances I would have voted for the 2000 version of John McCain as he was, at the time, individualistic and went against the thoughts of his own party… but after getting his clock cleaned by Bush in 2000, he changed to someone who has now raised the flip-flop to an art form…

Once again McCain is challenging people to show examples of how he’s flip-flopped.

I saws let’s show him… and hopefully the traditional media decides to stop fellating the McCain campaign and does the same thing.

Though I won’t hold my breath.

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