Getting Mavericky In Record Time
John McCain's getting good at this. If you have no idea what you're doing, you don't understand the issues, and your adherence to boiler-plate Republican dogmas runs counter to Bush Administration policy lurches, you improvise. Lurch with the lurchers. Make it up as you go along. With lies and flip-flops so second-nature that you don't even bother lying or flip-flopping to yourself, you just go for it. Do what you're good at. Don't look back.
John McCain, shifting his position from a day ago, suggested the government's $85 billion takeover of American International Group Inc. was unavoidable and he blamed "greed and excess" for the turmoil on Wall Street.
"On the bailout itself, I didn't want to do that and I don't think anybody I know wanted to do that," the Republican presidential nominee said on ABC's "Good Morning America" program today. "But there were literally millions of people whose retirement, whose investments, whose insurance were at risk here, and they were going to have their lives destroyed because of the greed and excess and corruption."
Twenty-four hours earlier, McCain said in morning interviews that he didn't want taxpayers to be "on the hook" for AIG. "We cannot have the taxpayers bail out AIG or anybody else," McCain said yesterday on NBC's "Today" show.
The candidate of change, indeed.