There was a time when I would’ve eagerly voted for a Republican for President and his name was John McCain. Then he decided to take the next election “seriously” and became a flip-flopper extraordinaire that makes Sen. John Kerry look like a complete straight talker. He’s abandoned many of the principles he once stood for, he’s cozied up to people he once distanced himself from, and he’s resorted to flat out lying. Here’s Keith Olbermann pointing out McCain’s changing stance on how hard the Iraq War would be:
Not enough hypocrisy for you? Check out The Carpetbagger’s summary of his flip-flops:
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)
* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.
* 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. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.
There’s more at the link. As I said there was a time I would’ve loved to vote for McCain for President, but that time has passed. Even if it’s all just an act to get him elected and he went back to being who he was before the campaign—as some reports have suggested it is—that’d still be a massive deception I couldn’t support.
It’s disheartening because he was one of the few Republicans I actually felt good about and could support. I didn’t agree with everything he stood for, but I agreed with enough that I wasn’t upset he was in power and I admired the fact that he wasn’t willing to compromise his principles just to win an election. Or at least at one time he wasn’t willing to do so.