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June 8, 2010

POT CALLS THE KETTLE A FLIP-FLOPPER.... Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is now complaining about Janet Napolitano shifting her stance on immigration policy. Given what we know about McCain, that's really not a good idea.

Last night on Fox News, however, McCain denounced Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for allegedly changing her position on border security:

"I'm very disappointed in the former governor because as far back as 2006, Janet Napolitano asked for additional troops on the border, also asked for the federal government to repay the expenses that are involved with illegal immigration. I guess she proved again that old adage it isn't so much where you stand, it's where you sit."

Or, if I can extend the adage, where you're facing a right-wing primary challenger.

Look, McCain wants to complain about federal immigration policy? Fine. But for McCain to complain that anyone is being inconsistent on the matter only encourages people like me to note that McCain has flip-flopped shamelessly.

After all, McCain's new position emphasizes the need to "complete the danged fence," after consistently taking the exact opposite position. This is the same senator who championed a comprehensive immigration reform proposal in 2007, and then announced his opposition to his own bill in 2008.

Indeed, over the course of less than a year, McCain publicly declared that he'd pursue comprehensive immigration reform, opposing a secure-the-borders-first approach. Then he changed his mind. And then he changed his mind back. And then he changed his mind yet again.

This guy wants to criticize Napolitano for changing her position? Seriously?

Steve Benen 3:50 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (15)

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Is there ONE issue McCain hasn't flip-flopped on? Seriously. Except "Me War Hero!"

Posted by: Name One on June 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't Steve once have a list of McCain flip-flops much like the new "controversial" Obama list introduced today?

Posted by: Mudge on June 8, 2010 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is brain damaged. He can't remember what he said yesterday much less how he stood a year ago.

Too much sucking on the government teat for a multimillionaire causes a severe lapse in memory.

Now what is a Sunni again and is it the same as a Shea...Oh, that's right...we are all Georgians now. I know how to wage wars...I was a POW.

He's been past it to the point of insanity for some time now...why is he still being quoted and paraded on TV?

Posted by: bjobotts on June 8, 2010 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Which one of his houses did he make this comment from?

Posted by: stevio on June 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain was a war hero and endured years as a POW for his country. Nobody has the right to criticize him.

Posted by: Al on June 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

war hero? he got shot down and captured. I could do that.

Posted by: gus on June 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

But he's just so sweet, you'd want to take him home with you, so why not give him a vote? He's like a little Lego man, infinitely adaptable.

Posted by: Goldilocks on June 8, 2010 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Seems that John McCain is proving his opponent's point: McCain has outserved his usefulness. As much as J.D. Hayseed makes me cringe, McCain continues to do the more serious political damage to himself. Now that flipflopper McCain has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has absolutely no integrity, it's time for "Grampy" to go.

Posted by: Carol A on June 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

I don't care if Hitler is running, I want McCain thrown out on his tired, stupid old ass!

Posted by: Trollop on June 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with Al on this one: war heroes are bullet-proof and should always be given a pass...ALWAYS!!!

Unless they are not Republicans.

Posted by: st john on June 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

McCain clearly thinks the voters are mostly (or all) as stupid, under- or mis-informed, and lacking in memory as he is.
Sadly, because of the corporate media's function as the Ministry of Truth, he's probably right to think so.
With voters, as with almost anyone or anything, garbage-in, garbage-out.

Posted by: smartalek on June 8, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Somebody at one of the news magazines published a list of the top 10 millionaires in Congress. Of course, Kerry was on the list, but McCain wasn't mentioned. At least 4 on the list are "poor" by McCain standards. Apparently the author of the list wants a swing on the tire.

Posted by: Ron Byers on June 8, 2010 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't Steve once have a list of McCain flip-flops much like the new "controversial" Obama list introduced today?

Here's the link to the archives and specifically the list you are seeking from Steve's old blog The Carpetbagger Report.


Posted by: flyonthewall on June 9, 2010 at 7:43 AM | PERMALINK

I would love to create a list of the JD acts of an unethical politician! I am afraid I do not have the time or energy to create such a lengthy list. I do know however that JD has enough corruption in his past, and it continues to lie, cheat and steal to get himself votes. JD needs to pack it up, we will not leave our Repub seat vulnerable again. He basically handed his seat to Democrats b/c of his pathetic scandal taking stolen money and luxuries.

Posted by: Jenna on June 10, 2010 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Hands down, debt settlement is the best debt relief approach. Shortest programs, lowest amount paid overall, no interest, least damage on the credit worthiness.

Posted by: Debt Relief on November 1, 2010 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK



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