January 5, 2006


The 3 Pros and 5 Cons of John McCain (EZRA KLEIN, 1/06/06, LA Weekly)

He’s every liberal’s favorite conservative, but since McCain has his sights set on running for president again in 2008, let’s not forget that the senator from Arizona has his wingnut bonafides. McCain is a crypto-conservative whose principled stands put him on the side of reason every so often. But the rest of his principled stands are the opposite of progressive. Here’s a balance sheet of McCain’s policy sins and redemptions. [...]

John McCain Hates Choice

You gotta work hard to get a 0 percent rating from NARAL. Meaning: On the hundreds of votes McCain makes on abortion-related issues, he never once even accidentally found himself on the pro-choice edge. That’s commitment. Worse, The New Yorker reported that McCain got Gary Bauer’s endorsement in 2000 by promising not to appoint any Supreme Court justices who didn’t support overturning Roe. Even Bush, according to Bauer, refused to take that pledge. That’s a shocker that puts things into perspective: On choice, Bush is McCain-lite. [...]

Pragmatic Creationism

Yes, even sane McCain believes we should teach intelligent design alongside evolution. So that’s how we’re going to compete with China and India with faith-based science? It’s a strange inconsistency, in light of McCain’s work on global warming, but this summer McCain told the Arizona Daily Star that he endorsed teaching intelligent design in the nation’s schools because “he believes ‘all points of view’ should be available to students studying the origins of mankind.” Again McCain’s famed principles are being overcome by the whiff of politics; the only people publicly backing intelligent design when not faced with legislative decisions on the issue are Republican presidential hopefuls.

It's strange that someone who believes global warming is man-made rather than natural is skeptical about naturalism?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 10:40 PM

I would rather vote for a talking duck than John McCain.

Let us not forget Charlie Keating.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 5, 2006 10:55 PM

McCain is a man who believes that:
1) The political effect of money is so insidious that our free speech rights must be abridged;
2) A minority of Senators (the gang of 14) should determine the proper functioning of the Senate; and
3) Foreign terrorists deserve the same constitutional protections as U.S. citizens.
Sorry, Orrin, this just doesn't sell.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2006 4:32 AM

It's going to be fun watching the MSM turn on their favorite Republican. This is just the first shot.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 6, 2006 7:04 AM


Yes, CFR is a mistake, but one driven by his own guilt over being entangled in the Keating 5 mess, and that psycho-tragic drama aspect makes it excusable.

The other two handed President Bush huge victories.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 8:55 AM

McCain scares the hell out of me, and I don't believe he's a shoo-in for the nomination, but if he's nominated, the Democrat alternative will almost certainly be more frightening.

Posted by: ed at January 6, 2006 9:23 AM


Which is why he'll win the biggest landslide since Reagan.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 9:31 AM

Robert: Yes, but the Dems won't nominate a "talking duck ", will they? They will nominate HRC. Who will you vote for then?

Mike" "MSM turn on their favorite Republican". First, LA weekly ain't the MSM. Second, the MSM cannot undo years of good press in a few months.

Posted by: Bob at January 6, 2006 9:56 AM
Yes, CFR is a mistake, but one driven by his own guilt over being entangled in the Keating 5 mess, and that psycho-tragic drama aspect makes it excusable.
So you consider that being willing to sacrifice fundamental liberties to work out one's personal psychological issues with previous bad governance is not something to be worried about? Should we not be concerned with what else we will have to sacrifice so he can do some "healing"?

On the other hand, this willingness to sacrifice others for the sake of one's own psychological state is the very essence of modern liberalism, so perhaps McCain should run as a Democratic Party candidate.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 6, 2006 1:26 PM


Don't forget, if McCain does run, he will most certainly set up (or allow to be set up) his very own group of 527s. He is already skirting all the campaign finance laws himself, so I'm sure he'll have no scruples about watching all the anti-Hillary or anti-whomever 527s advertise away on his behalf.

Doesn't say much for his principles, but that's another topic.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 6, 2006 1:37 PM


Yes. George Bush will likely turn out to have oversteppede constitutional bounds because 9-11 traumatized him as Lincoln was willing. These guys are only human.

Posted by: oj at January 6, 2006 1:55 PM