Psst—We Don`t Think He`s Pro-Life Either: Michael Kinsley lets out a secret Democrats have been guarding closely of late—when it comes to loyalty to conservative positions, we don`t think McCain`s as bad as conservatives claim. We think he`s worse!McCain: One of Us! - By Mickey Kaus - Slate MagazineWhat he`s talking about is a Time Magazine column in which Kinsley says , among other things,
Only a couple of years ago, there were noises that McCain might admit he was much too nice to be a Republican and might run for President as an independent—or even as a Democrat. Democrats swooned and said they would vote for McCain because he was "honest." McCain is perceived as authentic, which is a deeper form of honesty than mere truth-telling. He says he`s antiabortion? Oh, he doesn`t mean that. Among current or recent figures in American public life, only Colin Powell shares McCain`s mystical ability to make liberals believe he secretly agrees with them, no matter what he actually says. And Powell has to work at having it both ways. For McCain, it`s a gift. Mitt Romney demonstrated that there are limits to how many brazen flip-flops the voters will tolerate. But when people believe you are telling the truth if you agree with them and lying if you disagree, you don`t need to flip-flop.Of course, the reverse is the case with conservatives—we believe he`s telling the truth when he does something liberal, like McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, et cetera, and lying when he says, for example, that he`ll defend the border.
Why Liberals Love McCain,By Michael Kinsley, Feb. 14, 2008