This is a well sourced and fairly straighforward examination of McCain's changes in position as he tries to woo the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. There is no attempt at balance but the record speaks for itself.
In this extremely well-documented article, Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer, demonstrates how McCain has radically reversed his positions on fundamental issues pertaining to governing, such as: Can a president ever break a law passed by Congress? Are signing statements legitimate uses of the president's power? Six months ago, McCain took positions more in line with the ACLU and Chris Dodd. Today, as he seeks to shore up his support among the right-wing base of the Republican party, he has completely reversed himself and is embracing the "unitary executive" theories of presidential power as espoused by John Yoo, Dick Cheney, and David Addington.
Excellent story, very well sourced, and very fair; this is not a simple blunder in front of a crowd, this is a change in "policy", and a change that is an exact opposite of his typical position. This article uses point of fact to display how running for president has changed Mr McCain's policy on a very important subject. Well done.
The article incisively shows the mccain straight talk express is expressly about saying any fascist credos created by the neocons if he thinks it will result in seizing the power of the presidency. The story shows him as a shape-shifter, now becoming a clone of the worst president in US history as he espouses chopping up the constitution as though the White House were a sausage factory. Would that make him the wurst president?
Excellent well researched informative article on McCain. All points in the article have been documented so the reader can go to the original sources. Greenwald traces McCain's changing position on serious troubling issues of the power of the president. Greenwald makes thoughtful and fair analysis and raises questions that need to be answered and needs to be asked by more media outlets. We deserve more articles like Greenwalds in the main stream media.
Six months ago, John McCain publicly declared to the Boston Globe that the president has no right to disobey any laws. The candidate did not equivocate. Greenwald notes that McCain gave the exact opposite answer this week and issued a clarifying statement, reversing the comments made to the Globe in December. Greenwald demonstrates that McCain has dramatically changed his views on executive power and spying, embracing the most radical executive power theories and pandering to the worst right wing extremist war makers.
Greenwald provides citations for both McCains flips and McCains flops.
While well-written and supported--as Greenwald's pieces usually are--this story left me feeling sad. Despite the fact that I disagree with many of his positions, McCain has served his country in his own way for most of his life. It is sad that, near the end of it, he should have to betray the very ideals that made him attractive enough to independents to win the nomination for political gain. Greenwald is not the only media figure reporting on McCain's desperate flip flops. Just the latest, and one of the most competent at drawing the full picture.
Glenn Greenwald is the most thorough journalist around. He sources everything he writes with links to the source. His memory for detail and his organization of those details is incredible. All politicians should beware of reversing themselves while Glenn is on the job.
This is an excellent article by a trustworthy analyst. I will not repeat the plaudits of other reviewers, but simply point out that our election system must surely be in trouble when good men with good histories must turn about so radically in order to gain the votes to attain our highest office. Is it the system or the education of the public or some kind of overweening cynical attitude? Very hard to answer that but clearly there is a problem.
Excellent. Well informed & presented. It is terrifying to know how so many of the Republicans are willing to distort the Constitution to bolster their needs. It is no surprise that McCain back flips consistently on almost every issue. In everyday parlance, he would labeled a great creator of fiction or more bluntly a liar. This was a very informative article. It wasn't nasty or biased but it did state the facts very clearly.
Clearly written with no extra fat, Greenwald's piece shows McCain flip flopping with regards to FISA, telecom amnesty and, in the broader scheme of things, executive power. So not the straight-talking "maverick" he pretends to be, McCain in the last few years has shown himself to fly where the right-wing wind blows and Greenwald nails him to the wall with direct quotes clearly illustrating McCain's 180 degree flip. Greenwald also uses a right winger's praise of McCain's flip flop to further illustrate his point.
Extremely potent story. This story very clearly and conclusively shows that the "maverick" image that John McCain consistently tries to portray with the inane assistance of the MSM is nothing but a facade. McCain have reversed himself not just on this issue but on other very significant issues. He is no longer the anti-Bush of 2000 and 2004 but instead appears to have sold his soul to the devil for support to get the presidency. Flip-flop indeed!
Mr. Greenwald has presented hs position with quotes and sources which can be easily checked. Although some may criticize the article as not presenting both sides, I fail to see what possible other side there may be. One could speculate as to the reasons for such a reversal of positions, but that would be guessing, not reporting.
Glenn Greenwald is an excellent journalist and shows what most reporters won't, that John McCain is the ultimate pandering flip-flopper. Besides Keith Olbermann, no one in the MSM is going to point out how consistently McCain has changed positions, in order to court the republican base.
Although a bit long, this article illustrates with clear factual examples, what seems to be the increasing McCain MO of not having much of a defined policy on anything in particular. This article, reinforces how McCain's stands lack reliability.
Greenwald's thoroughly documented article clearly shows how just quickly McCain has sold out his ideals in his bid for the presidency. He alludes to his disappointment in a once great candidate's rapid reversal without letting it overwhelm the piece; it is an approach in opposition to the current trend in journalism to focus on what McCain was (either by disregarding recent statements or by continuing to tout him as conductor of the 'straight talk express'), rather than what he has become.
This is analysis not a news story, but it does a good job of grabbing the news stories written by others and drawing a clear line from one to the next to make the writer's point that McCain in flip-flopping on a critical issue.
Once Obama debates McCain and all his flip flopping is brought out for all to see, it will be interesting to see McCain squirm his way out of it. This guy has flipped and flopped more than the last bass I landed.