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John McCain – biggest flip-flopper ever?

Back in 2000, I actually thought John McCain might make a good president, not that I would have voted for him. However, I did think he would surely be better than George W. Bush.

When the Rove attack machine turned on McCain in South Carolina, I was outraged and expected McCain to turn against Bush even more. It wasn’t long before I discovered just how wrong I was about McCain. He not only forgave Bush for the smears about his adopted daughter, he actually embraced Bush. If it had been me, I would have punched him.

Over the last eight years, McCain has shown that he will do and say anything to have the title of President of the United States of America. He has flip-flopped on nearly every important issue. He has embraced people he would have once shunned and reached out for support from people he has condemned. Does this man have any principles left?

He said the war would be quick and easy and then flipped and said that he had always claimed it would be a long hard war.

more after the break, plus videos

In actual practice, John McCain is a warmonger. Even Pat Buchanan believes this to be true.

McCain was against immediate repeal of Roe v. Wade and then switched his position in order to attract portions of the base of the G.O.P.

McCain condemned Jerry Falwell and his ilk as agents of intolerance and then reached out to John Hagee and other hard-right preachers.

McCain opposed the Bush tax-cuts, calling them disproportionate to the wealthy. Now he wants to keep them.

McCain was anti-ethanol and then pro-ethanol and then anti-ethanol and now pro-ethanol. I’m not sure if he’s stopped flip-flopping on this one yet.

(This is a different video than the one above, even though it has the same opening frame)

There are many, many other examples of McCain’s flip-flops as he struggles to find a base of support. However, the worst one in my mind is his stance on torture. If anyone in this country should be against torture, it is John McCain. Yet, when he had a chance to stand up against G. W. Bush on the issue of torture, McCain folded.

This man deserves to become an object of ridicule. Spread the word.


  1. alyssa chaos

    thats alot of flip-flopping! alot of shameless pandering and political posturing.

    man if Pat Buchanan thinks you’re a war mongerer it must be true-

  2. Reaper0bot0

    It really is shocking how this man has been able to dart off in so many different directions.

    Do I hate John McCain the man?  No, not quite.  I still think he means well, but my God is his perspective on what’s good for America totally warped.

    There are legitimate reasons to be a Republican, there really are.  John McCain is turning into a caricature of Mitt Romney in his willingness to adopt any and all of them for whatever audience is watching at the moment, nevermind what he’s said previously.

    The worst thing that could have ever happened to John McCain was winning the Republican nomination.  He just can’t handle the spotlite, not in any consistent way.  If he’d flamed out for good last year this shit never would have gotten much attention.

    Deep down, do I think he’s a dyed in the wool conservative, of the sort the RedState folks adore?  Actually no.  He’s heterodox enough to enrage them, and he’s ornery enough to enjoy it.  He’s lying to them and they know it, and they’ll accept his lies because it’s the only thin reed of hope they have……

    Until he picked Palin.  All of the sudden they could forgive him for actually working WITH Democrats, from time to time.  They hate that, you know.  They can forgive it because, with someone like Palin on the ticket, they can tell themselves, deep down, they’re voting for HER.

    These people are dangerous.  John McCain has run a shockingly odd campaign, if nothing else.  He’ll do whatever it takes to win, it seems.  He may still have a few shreds of dignity left (always possible), but I’ll be damned if I can tell you how they might moderate his behavior…

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