The Robert Scheer editorial

Robert Scheer often gets republished in the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington. When his editorial appeared, on 7 June 2007, it was titled, “Troubling unpredictability.” Basically, Scheer describes McCain’s flips and flogs between his Senate career and his campaign speeches as he seeks to attain the oval office. Scheer referring to the former as the “principled McCain.”

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don’t expect him to now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party. Nor is it likely that the fawning mass media will pressure him to the point of clarity.

McCain is the most confounding of candidates, veering as he does from the stance of provincial reaction to sophisticated enlightenment within an almost instantaneous time frame. He did it last week, when he blasted Barack Obama for being soft in appraising America’s adversaries while, in the same moment, calling for sensible rapprochement with Vladimir Putin’s Russia on nuclear arms control. While such unpredictability can be appealing in a senator, it is unnerving in a possible president.

Yeah, I would have to agree. As Scheer goes on to describe Senator McCain: “Unpredictability is welcome as evidence of fresh thinking, but not when it suggests inconsistencies that may be born more of crass opportunism than of insight.” During the extra long campaign season, McCain actually lost some states to Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee was competitive for a while, And the news media such as CNN took considerable note that McCain hadn’t exactly won over the “conservative” vote. So, to “win over” such a vote, McCain flips and flops on what made him a maverick in the Senate and what he argues that he should be as president. As posted before, a continuation of GW’s foreign and domestic policies that he assuredly disagreed with while in the Senate. Literally, “go along to get along amnesty” McCain.

“Then there is the heroic-warrior McCain, who rose above his own wounds to team up with fellow Vietnam war hero Democrat John Kerry to pave the way for normalization of relations with Vietnam.  McCain had the courage to reach out to Hanoi, despite a very strong domestic opposition that accused him of betraying MIAs left behind in Vietnam.”  Further along in Scheer’s editorial, “On a related point, it is difficult to square the ex-POW’s unequivocal condemnation of torture with his accommodation of President Bush’s torture policy.”  Yeah, it sure is, isn’t it.  And makes it absurdly easy for Senator Barak Obama to make the argument that McCain would be a third term for GW.  All to get those “conservative” votes, I suppose.  —  Scheer’s full editorial can be found at Creators Syndicate.

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