Thursday, August 28, 2008

75 John McCain Flip-Flops

Hey, this is just like Pokemon. Count them all! This is an excellent collection of flip-flops by McCain on nearly every major issue during the course of this campaign. Be sure to print out and copy and share with all your friends. I'm sure if you have any friends or family who are Republican, they might be interested in reading this, too. Considering that McCain is treated with deep suspicion by the party faithful, you just may help make a difference in this election.

Oh, and in rememberance of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech 40 years ago today, I'll point out that John McCain opposed the Dr. King holiday. And he supported the Confederate Flag. I can't remember if he still supports the segregationist Jerry Falwell or not. Probably both. With this guy, you can never tell.

Some highlights from the ever-growing list of McCain flip-flops:

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity, and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.

4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.

19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

21. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

29. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

30. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

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

42. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

47. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling ; now he’s against it.

53. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. In 2007, he announced his opposition to the bill. In 2008, McCain switched back.

58. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact

63. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

65. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn’t. (He also believes his endorsement from Hagee was both a good and bad idea.)

73. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was “corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff’s gay lover.” McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

75. McCain has been both for and against considering a pro-choice running mate for the Republican presidential ticket.

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