In politics, no candidate will 100% match your positions. That's a necessary compromise in a representative democracy. But if ever you find yourself quietly disagreeing more often than you support a candidate's positions, that's when it's time to switch. The creationism litmus test was really just the straw that broke the camel's back.
John Kerry has been beating the "Senator McCain versus Candidate McCain" talking point into the ground. Repetition doesn't make something true; then again, it doesn't make it untrue either. I'm tired of quietly disagreeing for the team, so here are the facts:
|Senator McCain||Candidate McCain|
|Denounced wartime tax cuts as irresponsible||Now supports wartime tax cuts|
|Wrote a climate change bill||Now is against HIS OWN BILL|
|Wrote an immigration bill||Now is against HIS OWN BILL|
If it's high taxes you're worried about with Obama, nonpartisan analysis of the tax plans of the two candidates show that with Obama's plan, only the top 20% of earners pay more taxes (2% more for the bracket as a whole). And as for that top quintile - do you make more than $97,030 a year? If no, then what are you worried about? If yes, then guess what - so do I - and the country is more broke than at any time since World War II, so it's patently absurd to be talking about further decreases in tax revenues. Unless your goal is to wreck the country. (If it is, my blog probably isn't the best place for you.)
And for the Libertarians - Bob Barr is a GOP opportunist who just 36 months ago was one of the hardest-hitting social conservatives on issues like abortion, gay marriage and drug legalization, and here he is in the LP. If you weren't already thinking "carpet-bagger", listen to one of his friendly calls to bleeding-heart flag-hugger Glenn Beck.
It deeply saddens me that John McCain, a lawmaker I had really respected, has decided to allow the evangelical wing of the GOP that has already ruined the GOP - and that screwed him in 2000 - to twist his principles and therefore his campaign's planks. (Read this if you still have any doubts about why he chose Palin as High Priestess - and come on, with her 1-page resume, how many reasons can he have had?
Maverick or not, McCain is now surrounded with the wrong people, and thanks to Dubya's failed war and financial incompetence, things looked dark in November already.