John McCain v. John McCain

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Last night Rachel Maddow destroyed any remaining shred of credibility of Senator John McCain with video of John McCain testifying against — John McCain.

"One of my favorite political conflict stories of all time is the sharp, bitter, divisive, at times inhumanely polarizing political conflict between John McCain and John McCain."

Transcript of Monday, Nov. 15th – msnbc tv – Rachel Maddow show:

MADDOW:  Every once in a while, a politician changes their mind, and there‘s nothing wrong with changing your mind.  Normal humans do it in the normal course of events all the time.  Politicians do it, too.  They get new information.  They recognize new political realities, ideas shift around in the country.

But this has happened to John McCain on every single major policy issue that has come up during his time in the Senate and he‘s been in the Senate for a really long time.  There is not a major issue on which John McCain can be found now to have one identifiable position.  Not a single one.

John McCain‘s positions on every single major policy issue that he has faced since he‘s been in the Senate are now utterly incoherent.  It is impossible to say what he believes unless you‘re only counting the current model.  And that makes it all the more remarkable that John McCain is such a perceived front of wisdom for the punditocracy in Washington.

What John McCain says he thinks about something at any one moment carries a great weight in the Beltway and gets written up and pontificated over—despite the fact if you wait five minutes, John McCain is likely to have a totally new stance on the same issue depending on who‘s asking and why.  And that is the practical context for understanding John McCain‘s importance to repealing “don‘t ask, don‘t tell.”

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John McCain is not the chair of any committee.  John McCain does not have any major legislation to his credit from his entire career in the Senate other than the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law, which he doesn‘t exactly support with a brass band anymore anyway.

Senator John McCain‘s stances on legislation and important policy issues and principles are so fundamentally inconsistent as to render the phrase “flip-flop” meaningless.  And yet John McCain is still viewed as a Washington oracle, as a guy you‘ve got to win over.

If you do fail to win him over, though, don‘t worry, a new John McCain might come along any minute now and maybe you will have better luck with him.

As Matt Schneider observed at Talking Points Memo, "it seems the only group of people Maddow needs to convince that McCain is no longer a credible "oracle" are her colleagues in the media who will not stop interviewing him." The McMedia should just stop! The McCain Family Circus should just go away.

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show took his shots at the flip-flops of John McCain and Cindy McCain on DADT last night as well.

"It's the maverick way — spend a year studying whether soldiers deserve full civil rights, and a half an hour deciding who will be your presidential running mate."

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
It Gets Worse PSA
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

The Daily Show does it's own PSA announcement for John McCain: "Senator McCain, we know you're going through a tough time with this "don't ask, don't tell" thing, but trust us, it gets worse."

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