Johnny (McCain), we hardly knew ye

Talk about change we can’t believe in! John McCain is changing his political views faster than Beyonce changes her wardrobe.

As recently as 2006, he was for “pay-go” — pay-as-you-go, the legislative rule that requires Congress to pay for any new program it proposes. But, with Democrats in control of the White House and Congress, and with Rush Limbaugh and tea-partiers in charge of the GOP, McCain has changed his mind.

Four Republican senators who opposed the measure on Thursday voted for nearly an identical measure in 2006.

That list includes Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both moderates from Maine, George Voinovich, the retiring Senator from Ohio, and John McCain, the party’s standard-bearer in the 2008 presidential elections. . .
Democrats, naturally, have cried foul at Republicans who demand devotion to fiscal discipline while opposing provisions that would achieve just that. Among the evidence they point to is another GOP policy reversal that occurred this past week, in which five Republicans withdrew their co-sponsorship of a bill to establish a debt-reduction commission citing (once more) concerns about tax hikes. McCain, who is facing a tough primary challenger in 2010, was on that list as well.

Pay-go, it should be noted, was not always controversial. Then Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) applauded the fiscal soundness of such a measure back in September 2002, a month before the Senate passed it by voice vote.

“Of all the issues you will vote on, the most significant opportunity to save taxpayers money over the next year is this little resolution,” former Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M,), then the top Republican on the Budget Committee, said at the time. (h/t Huffington Post)

15 comments Add your comment


January 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

Kind of reminds me of Obama’s speech where he stated a budget freeze would be a mistake. He said our budget needed a scalpel rather than an ax. So you are saying then that McCain can change his mind just like Obama can change his mind?

Whacks Eloquent

January 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Why do you think that conservatives chose to stay home this past November? They did not feel they could trust him, and rightfully so.


January 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

“tea-partiers in charge of the GOP,”

These good folks are in charge of EVERYONE.

Obama and crew are just a little slow in realizing it.

Ron Martin

January 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

As recently as 2006? Exactly how does a change over a four-year period become described as “faster than Beyonce changes her wardrobe”?


January 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

That’s two significant changes, including withdrawing his co-sponsorship of the deficit commission bill. Besides, I liked the sound of the whole Beyonce-wardrobe thing

Civil Discourse

January 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Wow. I’m surprised you even know about pop culture!

Morgan-LynnGriggs Lamberth [Carneades]

January 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

No, it is the Republican’ts who must earn the trust . Democrats joined them in approving their amendments to the health care bills, but then the former couldn’t take yes for an answer. No, we did not exclude them; they vote no after they had voted yes!
Right now the President and the Republicans are speaking frankly with each other as they ought to.
This would be a freeze only on one-eight f the budget, which whilst not enormous starts the process. Now my hope is that as with Pres. Clinton, whom the Republicant’s wouldn’t join in his first budget but later ,and rightly so, encourage him to balance the budget that they and some of us exploded just as the in the previous twelve years and the Rep had enlarged it just what happened in the last eight years.
And it took the Republicans three times to do Workfare, and it still needs betttering.
Reactionaries bleat and -and weep as we Democrats get things done,!
We are now the “United States of Scandinavia”, not the ” United States of Gault’s Gultch!” These United States of America use the Welfare Clause [ Article I, Section 8] of the Constitution.for all.


January 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

actaully its been proven, beyone changes very slowly…


January 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

You’re surprised I know about pop culture? OK

This is what I think

January 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

Morgan-LynnGriggs Lamberth [Carneades] . . I would ask you when have the demos been so forthright with going along with Repubs when they were in control? This is about principles; you and others can make it sound like the Repubs are holding back the progress of Congress maybe you should be reminded of who controls Congress!


January 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

McCain was the lesser of two evils in the last presidential election, and just barely so. Good thing the SC shot down some of his unconstitutional legislation this past week.

He made a better fighter pilot than politician (and he deserves thanks for his sacrifices while serving in the Armed Forces).


January 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Senator McCain, it’s time. Take your entitlements and ride off into the sunset.

Clinton showed Obama how. All he has to do is follow the master.

not a CT fan

January 29th, 2010
6:14 pm

A major difference between Obama and McCain: Obama never put himself in harm’s way to defend our country.

R Kashi

January 30th, 2010
3:17 am

Partisan politics is bad but partisan journalism is to be reviled. Ms. Tucker, your work stinks of yellow journalism. Obama has had a disastrous 1st year and has promised to hold to that course for the rest of his mandate. In addition I have seen a rise in articles slagging John McCain recently. I believe it’s a case of buyer’s remorse and pundits trying to convince themselves that Obama was the only sensible choice at the last elections.


January 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

John McCain has to go. His form of dirty politics and media adoration has gone on too long!

Indians, Lobbyists and Arizona Politics…OH MY!


The scene is the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut . The year 2000.
The congressman has $100 chips stacked high, having a grand time at the crap table.
He likes to gamble and isn’t afraid to show some temper when he loses.
Along for the ride are his campaign manager and one of the two biggest lobbyists handing out campaign money from various Indian tribes who was also a 20 year friend of the legislator.

By now we’ve all heard about the money J.D. Hayworth received from an Indian tribe by way of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was one of the two big boys in Indian tribe money lobbying.

Pot, meet Kettle….

However, it was not J.D. Hayworth, nor Jack Abramoff at the crap table.
It was Senator John McCain, campaign manager and Indian lobbyist in his own right, Rick Davis, along with Scott Reed, now the one remaining big time lobbyist handling the tribes and their money.

Hayworth’s explanation of the Abramoff contribution is spelled out by him here.
Hayworth got direct contributions of $2,250 from Abramoff, which was donated to charity, Hurricane Katrina relief. The Indian tribe in question insisted the money they gave by way of Abramoff be kept by Hayworth.

Hayworth’s exoneration of any criminal charges, by the US Dept. of Justice is in a letter from them here.

The McCain campaign is trying to use this non issue to destroy Hayworth, while indulging in bigger tribe money and underhanded backroom deals far surpassing anything Jack Abramoff pulled.

McCain has been chair of the Indian affairs committee since 2005, having served on it for many years prior. He used this position to bring down Abramoff, who was second only to handing out tribe dollars to McCain’s man Scott Reed. Some have speculated the move was not so much to rid politics of the likes of Abramoff, but to gain a monopoly on tribe campaign dollars. There’s even a book, ‘The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Jack Abramoff’ speculating McCain’s motives.