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You Are The Sucker


I think Yglesias has the apporpriate response to Jacob Weisberg’s comically belated discovery that John McCain is a cynical hack:

But I feel like some of the media’s John McCain fanboys should give more consideration to the idea that less here has changed than they think, and they themselves just shouldn’t have been so eager to embrace McCain in the first place. McCain is still a fanatical warmonger who believes in maximal application of military force in all circumstances, a kind of mirror-image Quaker. That his cartoonish worldview has ever been taken seriously tells you a lot about how deep in the grips of militarism Washington, DC is. And on domestic issues, he doesn’t know anything and doesn’t care so he takes positions driven by political opportunism and fits of pique. After losing the 2000 primary he spent several years acting like a huge sore loser and racking up one of the least-conservative voting records of any Republican. Then he tacked right starting in 2004, and after losing to Barack Obama’s he’s been acting like a sore loser again.

I liked it better when sore loserdom pointed in the direction of opposition to Bush’s tax cuts than in the direction of opposition to carbon pricing, but it’s really two sides of the same coin.

It’s worth adding that McCain’s nominal opposition to torture — the only example of maverickness in the 2008 primary campaign Weisberg cites — was also a fraud.

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  • mark f

    The last line of the Weisberg piece shows that despite his belated awakening he’s still a pathetic simp.

  • jon

    But he’s reaming true to his core belief: Will this get me votes, contributions or TV face time?

    • DocAmazing

      I know you probably meant “remaining”, but the other word works so very well…

  • Halloween Jack

    I think that a lot of these guys are still mooning over the straight-talk, shoot-from-the-hip McCain that they got to know–or thought that they got to know–in 2000. The NYT Magazine article on his ’08 campaign should have already put paid to that delusion; given the sheer number of times he was willing to shift gears in that campaign, at this point nobody should be surprised if McGrumpypants tried to lift an assault rifle in his withered arms and try to shoot at border crossers. Bit late to cry about Johnny taking someone else to the prom, boys.

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