Name that tune!

During the last presidential bloodfest, the Republicans ripped on John Kerry for his flip-flopping, even though Bush & Co. did plenty of the same, and arguably more, and unarguably about more important things. (Bush #1: Osama bin Laden is our number one priority. Bush #2: I don’t even know where he is and it’s not important. Cheney and Rumsfeld #1: There’s a direct link between Al aeda and Iraq. Cheney and Rumsfeld #2: We never said there was a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq. Cheney and Rumsfeld #3: Of course there’s a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq, and we never said there wasn’t.) But those didn’t register with many voters, probably because Democrats were too slow in pointing out the hypocrisies or thought the public was educated enough to pick them out unassisted. As Mark Twain once observed, “I belong to no organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

This time around it’s Crazy Mac who’s flipping his lid a lot. For some reason, once again, this isn’t bothering anybody. Perhaps again the Demowimps are being lax at cataloging them, so, as a service, I thought I would do so. Or rather enlist the help of Steve Benen. His site The Carpetbagger Report has listed oodles of McCain contradictions. The interesting thing about these changes is not just that they happened, however. Anyone who’s serve more than a quarter century in Washington is bound to change his position on things. That’s fine, the sign of an active, educated mind rather than someone who came to Washington convinced he already knows everything.

No, what’s disturbing is that Mr. Straight-Talk seemed to have had most of his epiphanies right before he started running for president this time around. As Mr. Benen points out in another article, his changes seem to be matters of convenience rather than real beliefs.

Yet so far the silence from the lap-doggie Democrats is deafening. They’re too worried about whether Obama is perceived as elitist because he can spell.

By the way, I don’t know Steve Benen, but after taking a glance around his blog I have to say I like what I see, and I wish him the best of luck at The Washington Monthy, where he is now blogging.

Jukebox John keeps changing his tune

It’s obvious that the McCain campaign and the RNC have decided to go after Barack Obama as a flip-flopper. What’s equally obvious, though, that Republicans couldn’t have chosen a worse narrative.

McCain & Co. seemed to stumble on this line of attack almost by accident. They’d experimented with a variety of memes in recent months, none of which had any real salience. The right settled on “flip-flopper,” in large part because it’s the closest available, already-written Republican narrative, and in part because McCain staffers haven’t been able to think of anything else.

The irony, of course, is that the McCain campaign couldn’t have picked a more hypocritical line of attack. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of reversals from the Republican nominee, numbered and organized by category for easier reference.

[Click here if you’re interested in reading more…]

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