When it comes to politics, it seems that the American electorate is willing to accept just about anything. Politicians can show a complete lack of care for human beings, total disrespect for the law, amazing ignorance, and complete incompetence. Yet, people will still vote for them. There’s one possible exception to the rule, though: Even relatively minor indiscretions of a sexual nature, seem to be able to lead to the downfall of even the nation’s highest official.
In any case, John McCain is an excellent case in point. AlterNet reports in John McCain — 61 Flip-Flops and Counting. From the introduction:
McCain argues that flip-flops are an example of a political leader who can’t be trusted — so he might as well drop out of the race.
Editor’s Note: Writer Steve Benen has graciously compiled a comprehensive tally of John McCain’s flip-flops on issues ranging from national security to energy. The following is Benen’s list of 61 clear 180-degree switches by McCain on the biggest issues of the day.
The list provides brief points (a necessity based on the long list), but also provides links that prove his reversed standing on issues. Here are some of my favorites (they’re all related to what should be an important topic – National Security):
1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
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.
3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”
4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.
6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.
There’s still time to go before the election. That gives more voters plenty of time to ignore all of this (and the flip-flops that are sure to come).