It's no longer surprising that Republican presidential nominee John McCain changes his positions like most people change their underwear.
McCain was for campaign finance reform before he was against it.
He was for helping undocumented immigrants earn a pathway to citizenship before he opposed it.
And McCain strongly criticized Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and far-right evangelical Christians as "agents of intolerance" before he began cozying up to them to win votes.
But the latest gotcha moment is mind-boggling, as it involves the McCain campaign's golden child, running mate Sarah Palin.
Even as McCain took to the airwaves Sunday night on CBS’ 60 Minutes to proclaim the inexperienced Palin is qualified to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, his own words are coming back to haunt him. And irony of ironies, it’s courtesy of Fox News.
In a clip posted on YouTube from a debate during the Republican primary process, McCain makes it clear that any mayor or governor isn’t qualified to be president because that person would lack any national security or foreign policy credentials.
Taking aim at his one-time GOP rival, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, McCain states unequivocally, “I am prepared. I am prepared and need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time, I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”
Hopefully, the moderator in next Friday’s presidential debate will confront McCain with his own words.
Meanwhile, Palin’s effect on McCain’s campaign may be deliberately overstated.
According to a Bloomberg News Service article, although McCain has drawn some of the biggest crowds of his presidential campaign since adding Palin to his ticket, officials now say they cannot substantiate the figures McCain’s aides are claiming after some in attendance questioned the campaign’s claims.
It’s time to say it: The emperor has no clothes, and McCain has no integrity.
— Kevin Osborne