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The Doublemint Candidate

June 6th, 2008 | by Liberal Jarhead |

A lot of John McCain’s support is based on his portraying himself as a ’straight talker’ who speaks his mind, damn the consequences.  The truth is that he’s taken diametrically opposite stances on a lot of key issues - it seems as if he says whatever he thinks his current audience wants to hear.

Here are a couple of videos, in case some folks haven’t seen them yet, that capture him on videotape for posterity doing just that, saying opposite things at different times.  My favorite is when he takes positions both for and against making same-sex marriage legal, a short time apart during the same speech!

This guy is dangerous - regardless of the courage and integrity he displayed as a POW in Vietnam, his recent behavior shows that he is willing to say and do whatever it takes to get into the White House.  Kind of like the guy he wants to replace.  There’s a reason he recently brought Karl Rove on board in his campaign.

Some of us may know people who are basically reasonable and open-minded but support McCain because what they know about him is what he’s wanted them to know.  If so, seeing these videos might give them reason to rethink that support and start asking more questions.

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  1. 5 Responses to “The Doublemint Candidate”

  2. By Jersey McJones on Jun 6, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve followed McCain’s career over the years. He’s moved way over to the right over the past decade, waiting out W’s terms, to run again. Now he’s got the nod. I guarantee he will move back to the center the day he wins the election, and he is a debt/deficit hawk, and he does seem to genuinely care about his country, and he is obviously nuts.

    On that note… We on the left have little to fear from McCain. Current politics would negate his lesser angels. Aside from his pro-MIC stance, the country will run alond pretty smoothly. I doubt he would even push for right-wingnut judges. In 2001, for example, I read that he was ranked in a Harpers poll index as the 45th most conservative senator, but was ranked 8th last year. Granted, these sorts of rankings are questionable, but the differential there is noticable. On the other hand, four more years of the status quo may well be the straw that broke the camels back.

    I hope Obama wins. If he does, my entire worldview would change. I could never be so proud of my country as if they could elect Obama president of the USA. I think it would be the best thing that happened to this country and the world in generations, even if only figuratively.


  3. By Steve O on Jun 7, 2008 | Reply


    I have to disagree with you on McCain. Go look at his voting record, he says one thing and votes another. He has consistently voted the neo-con line and then come out and said he wants to be bi-partisan. Seriously, look it up. He’s a fucktard!!!!

  4. By Jersey McJones on Jun 7, 2008 | Reply

    Yeah, I’m very familiar with McCain (remember, C-Span junkie). He’s always been an obstinent budget hawk, to the point of ridiculousness. I mean, it’s okay to be frugal, but McCain takes it to the psychotic nth. On the other hand, he has always given the MIC a pass on overall spending, and was always a Reagan VooDoo Economics priest. That’s typical modern con. Just the same, he has significantly moved to the right in recent years, obviously with his eyes on the presidency. So, you never know where he’ll stand if he wins. This much we do know - the Hill will be all the more Democratic next year, so a GOP president won’t be able to do nearly as much harm as if he had a GOP Hill. Think GHWB here - not much of a president, but not nearly the disaster of his son.


  5. By rube cretin on Jun 7, 2008 | Reply

    i agree. McCain does not really upset me. Just another angry old man. I can relate. Hopefully he is just posturing on this war stuff to firm up his base. what concerns me is all the folks who will remain or come to Washington with him. Far as i can tell the ranks of the GOP faithful are filled with incompetence, avarice, and a basic lack of intellectual curiosity. I do not want to loose this one.

  6. By Jersey McJones on Jun 7, 2008 | Reply

    I hate to see McCain win as well, but let’s face it, the Dems are the masters of losing otherwise completely winnable elections.


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