Friday, May 16, 2008

Another Day, Another Flip-Flop

I suspect Grandpa McCain’s reversals of previously stated positions are going to become such a routine event over the months leading up to the election that nobody will ever know what he said, when and for how long before changing his mind entirely.

Of course no reasonable person expects politicians to be altogether consistent about absolutely everything, or thinks that their opinions shouldn’t evolve over time or sometimes even shift dramatically in response to changing circumstances or new information, but McCain’s flip-flops are so flagrantly egregious and transparently motivated to score cheap political points that it’s difficult to see how anyone can accept what he says on a given day without wondering how provisional or fleeting it may be. When will the mainstream press tear themselves away from the silly delusion that this is still the straight-talking, shoot-from-the-hip “maverick” of almost a decade ago?

Update: Speaking of the Cretaceous One — Things Younger Than McCain (a potentially inexhaustible list).

Update2: It seems that McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds (great name) is just about as much of a stupid asshat as my cretinous troll. Today he issued a statement saying “It was remarkable to see Barack Obama’s hysterical diatribe in response to a speech in which his name wasn’t even mentioned.” An “hysterical diatribe”… Wow. Talk about a gross distortion.