Romney is a flip-flopper; McCain is a man who lost an argument and is developing a new position in light of it
“WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesn’t include a path to citizenship,” reports JENNIFER TALHELM of the Associated Press in a story titled McCain changes course on immigration (story found on shotpolitics):
The move away from a comprehensive measure is an about-face for the Arizona senator, who had been a leading GOP champion of a bill that included a guest worker program and would have legalized many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. It failed earlier this year.“We can still show the American people that we are serious about securing our nation’s border,” McCain said in a statement, adding that the new bill would “provide an essential step toward achieving comprehensive reform in the future” …more
Tommy Oliver at race42008.com comments:
“Now, is this quite possibly the biggest flip flop ever? … While listening in on a conference call Senator McCain had with supporters last Saturday, I was struck when he said that one of his first acts if elected president would be to “secure the borders.” Either McCain realises he was wrong by taking his earlier position and sponsoring the McCain-Kennedy Bill, or he has finally realised how much damage his position has caused his campaign …more
No, we would argue, McCain’s new proposal is not a flip-flop. And this speaks to the Romney-alibi of “it’s okay to change your mind” (wich we addressed here). Consider Oliver’s speculation: “Either McCain realises he was wrong by taking his earlier position and sponsoring the McCain-Kennedy Bill, -OR- he has finally realised how much damage his position has caused his campaign”—either way, this is the line of a man who has lost an argument and got defeated in a straight up or down vote on the issue. So he now he crafts a new proposal in light of what he has learned, in light of what he now knows is possible or achievable.
Romney, on the other hand, in advance of a National Election,
- suddenly affects a conservative line,
- suddenly affects to speak with authority on conservative issues
- Suddenly affects to lecture conservatives on conservatism
This is not the line of a man who has lost an argument or who e.g. grown or developed as a person. This is something else altogether. This is a complete policy reversal in pursuit of power, and it is not to be trusted.
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