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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 08:44 AM
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Welcome to McCain's flip-flop express

Welcome to McCain's flip-flop express

By Dick Polman

The Philadelphia Inquirer




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Space does not permit a full recitation of his flip-flops, so here's a modest sampling:

McCain used to dismiss Jerry Falwell as an "agent of intolerance," but tomorrow he will trek to a Florida religious convention to woo the guy.

McCain, until recently, was pushing for a reform law that would require conservative groups to reveal their financial donors. But, after fielding protests from evangelical Christians and antiabortion activists, McCain decided last month to strip out the provision.

McCain in 2000 assailed Bush's proposed tax cuts as a sop to the rich, and a year later, with Bush in office, he voted against those cuts, declaring that "the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle-class Americans." But a year ago, he switched sides and voted to extend tax cuts for the wealthy.

McCain in 1999 said that, "even in the long term," he would not support the repeal of Roe v. Wade because "thousands of young American women would be performing illegal and dangerous operations." But last November he said that he now favored repeal because "I don't believe the Supreme Court should be legislating in the way that they did on Roe v. Wade."

McCain in 2000 was incensed when a pair of Texas businessmen, Sam and Charley Wyly, bankrolled some Bush-friendly TV ads that distorted McCain's record. McCain declared at the time that their "dirty money" did not belong in national politics. But last year, McCain decided that their dirty money belonged in his campaign; he took $20,000 and allowed them to chair a McCain fund-raiser. (McCain later had to give back the money, because, it turns out, his new friends are reportedly under federal investigation.)

McCain, who has long deplored negative politics, defended John Kerry in 2004 when the Democratic candidate's war record was being impugned by the Swift Boaters. But today, one of McCain's top advisers is GOP hardball specialist Terry Nelson, who has worked as a consultant with one of the principal Swift Boaters. Nelson also produced the notorious `06 TV ad that implied, in the Tennessee Senate race, that the black Democratic candidate cavorted with white women.

McCain has voted against a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but last fall, regarding his own state, he supported an Arizona referendum that would have banned gay marriage.

McCain in 2006 suggested that creationism was not a fit topic for the schoolroom: "I respect those who think the world was created in seven days. Should it be taught as a science class? Probably not." But he suggested the opposite in 2005 ("all points of view should be presented"), and next Friday he is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a confab sponsored by the Discovery Institute, a prominent creationism advocacy group.

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 08:46 AM
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1. Wow. A supposedly honorable man turned into a whore for votes.
How low will he go?
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exlrrp Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:56 AM
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7. Great definition of a politician
"...A supposedly honorable man turned into a whore for votes..."
Thats about it all right, with the addition of "or woman" between "man" and "turned."
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xkenx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 05:31 PM
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30. Shameonyou! Whores are at least honest about their work.
They are selling a commodity with full disclosure up front. You degrade the name of (sexual) prostitution. McCain is an unprincipled liar.
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 08:55 AM
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2. Here's a great site:
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:12 AM
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10. Wow! That IS a great site.
Thanks for posting, I bookmarked it. :toast:

Julie
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 09:26 AM
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3. Weathervane McCain, on the Flip-Flop Express...
I like the sound of that meme!

What a shill...he'll apparently do ANYTHING to grab support. Courage? Right, John-boy.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:50 AM
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5. Man, these are TERRIFIC buzz phrases! "Weathervane mccain"!!!
And the FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS!!!

I hope they hand out truckloads of those cheap plastic/rubber beach sandals at the Democratic Convention. Whether or not it's mccain, whoever's the standard-bearer will UNDOUBTEDLY earn the flip-flop title. All three of the "biggies" are beset with this in their track records, already.
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:06 AM
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9. I can't take credit for the 'Weathervane McCain' meme...
I first heard it from Paul Begala, on a radio interview a couple of months ago. But it stuck with me because it had all the elements of a winner. When you add that Flip-Flop Express part to it, it does start to take on a life of it's own, doesn't it?
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mconvente Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:26 PM
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17. Well, regardless, weathervane- McCain is priceless!!
Kudos to Mr. Begala or whomever before him who coined that phrase - it fits the bill perfectly.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 09:45 AM
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4. This guy panders with the worst of them
I don't know if his age is getting to him or what but fortunately I think it will cost him the nomination. This kind of flip flopping is blatent and I'm kind of surprised he's being so open with it, he never struck me as being that stupid.
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 03:29 PM
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28. This is his last chance at the big one....
he's salivated over the Presidency for decades but the GOP always found some other, more pliable dupe to push ahead of him. His "maverick" label DID suit him earlier in his political career. He didn't toe the party line and it always cost him what he coveted the most.
At 72 he sees this as his last chance and it appears he's pulling out all the stops on his character, honesty and integrity to achieve it. There is no bar so low that John McCain cannot stoop beneath it from now until the GOP crowns their nominee for 2008. He's completely sold his soul to the GOP devil. He is THE GOPanderer. :puke:
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 10:53 AM
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6. McCain is the very definition of a political WHORE!
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Zeke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:03 AM
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8. !!!!!!!
I get it: he's an ass!
Don't forget to vote on election day.
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:17 AM
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11. another: McCain's Forked Tongue Express
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:17 AM
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12. The current Republican power structure
and the Devil made him do it. The wingnuts control the Republican primaries, and McCain has chosen to dance with the fundamentalist devils than to stand on principle. He's not smart enough to understand he sealed his own demise with his pandering to fanatics.
Look for the big money backers to withhold funds. They know the Bush junta damaged the GOP brand, and it will take some time and a huge propaganda effort to recover. All their candidates are vulnerable because of Bush ass kissing and ties to weird religious fanatics.
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KingofNewOrleans Donating Member (650 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:31 AM
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13. It's the flip-flop Olympics
with McCain, Guiliani, and Romney all going for the Gold.
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VaYallaDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:40 AM
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14. Maybe they can have a kind of 3-legged flip-flop race??
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:43 AM
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15. If McCain gets the GOP nomination, I know what's hanging from my campaign sign
They used the "flip-flop" meme ad nauseam on Kerry. Now it's time for them to get a taste of their own medicine.
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Hawaii Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 11:49 AM
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16. Great article, everyone should foward
this story to ALL their friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. to get the word out of what a flip flopper old Johnny boy is....

I never liked John McCain, not in 2000, & I dislike (can I say hate?) him even more now..
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:31 PM
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18. I used to like McCain for calling out the televangelists.
Now I hate his guts. He is an asshole. I really hope he doesn't get the GOP nom.
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Hawaii Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:42 PM
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24. I'm glad you said that, because
that's how I really feel to, I almost didn't want to say hate, but F-it, McCain called Jerry Falwell & his ilk "agents of intolerance" years ago, now, he gives a commencement speech at Falwell's Liberty University, & also courts the religious rights vote...

John McCain is a BASTARD of the highest order, & I HATE him with a passion...
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:03 PM
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25. He's the defintion of "flip-flopper".
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 02:08 PM by EOO
Actually, I hope he really does get the GOP nom. It'd be incredibly easily to call McCain out on his hypocrisy.
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_dynamicdems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:39 PM
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19. McCain is such a whore. "FlipFlop Express" LOL!
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liberal hypnotist Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 12:50 PM
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20. What motivates him?...
It is an awful business when a person cannot be honest about the important issues of life. McCain, a war, hero has diminished himself as a poor pandering fool. What obligation drives him to this? Is it money or mental illness?
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Morgana LaFey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:01 PM
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21. Take a good look, folks. This is what the quest for power above `
all else -- and for no other reason than for the power itself -- looks like. It's a shame and a disgrace, not pretty at all to look at. But BOY! has McCain earned it. A once proud and dignified former POW reduced to blubbering, pandering idiot. That photo of him awkwardly hugging Bush, with his face in Bush's armpit, becomes more and more apropos.

Very, very sad. And increasingly repulsive.
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eringer Donating Member (338 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:12 PM
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22. McBush 08
How pathetic is this man, John McBush. I guess he figures that his only chance to get W's remaining war chest is by "morphing" into the man. McBush is through. W likes keeping him around, however, as he is keeping the seat warm for JB008 (Jeb Bush 2008).
PS. I did not coin the name, "McBush." It really says it all, doesn't it? I wish I could take credit for it. When referring to this man, I request that everyone take the pledge with me to forever call him, "McBush."
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connecticut yankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 01:21 PM
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23. I said it before, I'll say it again
McCain's a whore.
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IWantAChange Donating Member (974 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 02:46 PM
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26. When does the liberal MSM pick up on McBush flip-flops?
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 02:46 PM by IWantAChange
After the stories about Anna Nicole Smith's death and Ms Spear's haircut have dried up? - okay I get it.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 03:29 PM
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27. Brave New Films presents:
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 03:45 PM
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29. Thank you for this very important article and thread, Mass.
I am kicking and recommending this for the Greatest Page.

Everyone at the DU needs to read the article by Dick Polman, and then, afterwards, pass it along to everyone they know and ask them to also pass it along.

Straight talk, mi culo.
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 07:20 PM
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31. No, no, no! Listen to the MSM, people! He's not a flip-flopper. He's a "maverick!"
"Flip-flop" shall only be applied to Democrats.

All of his little sell-outs are for the primary purposes of solidifying the Republican Idiot Base under him and getting George W. Bush's donor list. Expect the Falwells and Dobsons of the United States to begin extoling the virtues of John McCain, a good Christian man, a man of God, and man of "moral values." This coupled with McCain's new agenda to serve the interests of the wealthy, he will soon be swimming in cash and idiot love. He will be no small force to reckon with.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 07:49 PM
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32. I predict McCain will be worse than Bush if elected. And it will be hard to top that.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-20-07 07:49 PM
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33. Dup
Edited on Tue Feb-20-07 07:50 PM by IsItJustMe
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