Once upon a time I actually used to respect John McCain. Not that I frequently agreed with him, but he was at least someone within the Republican party who didn’t seem afraid to speak out against the majority of his party. And while he still stands up against some of his fellow Republicans from time to time, his “maverick” days seem long gone.
He’s essentially turned into the typical Republican who simply says we should have done whatever is the opposite of what President Obama ultimately decided to do on a particular issue.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Jack Tapper took McCain to task recently over his blatant hypocrisies and flip-flopping.
Maddow first pointed to an interview McCain did a few weeks back on the Charlie Rose Show outlying what he would do to deal with Russia.
“I think first I would try the Magnitsky, which as you know, targets individuals and their bank accounts and their ability to travel,” said McCain. “I would try that first. Then, obviously, I would look at other areas, throw them out of the G8, of course, it should be the G7.”
And once President Obama did those things, McCain then went on the Imus in the Morning show mocking the president for doing exactly what McCain had said previously he would have done, saying Putin “must be reduced to tears” by no longer being included in the G8.
Maddow said, “See? This is the Rosetta Stone, this is the magic decoder ring that tells you how Washington works right now. Say that President Obama should do something, then pray that he doesn’t actually do it, because if he does actually do it, you’re going to have to come out against the thing that you have been recommending all along.”
Which is 100 percent true. Liberals have actually joked that the best way for President Obama to get Republicans to do exactly what he wants is to simply support the opposite of what he really wants.
She also went back a few weeks to an interview McCain did with Anderson Cooper where he supported the idea of a prisoner exchange.
McCain said, “I would be inclined to support such a thing” in reference to exchanging prisoners for Bergdahl.
She then laid out “steps” to this “Rosetta Stone politics” she accuses McCain (and fellow Republicans for that matter) of using. First step is suggesting that the president do something with the second step being that the president actually does it.
“Step Three?” Maddow said. “Well, now John McCain has to pretend to be against his own idea.”
Case in point, McCain’s comments following the announcement of the deal to bring Bergdahl back home.
“This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home, and we applaud that he is home, is ill-founded. It is a mistake and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk and that to me is unacceptable to the American people.”
Maddow followed that by saying, “Senator McCain did not think that very same exchange of prisoners would be ‘unacceptable to the American people’ when he himself suggested it in February. But once Pres. Obama did it and got Bowe Bergdahl home that way, well that’s when the senator had to complete Step Three of his magic decoder ring process and come out against his own idea as a terrible, outrageous and dangerous idea because Pres. Obama actually did it.”
But let’s not kid ourselves, this flip-flopping hypocrisy isn’t just limited to John McCain. The Republican party as a whole has proven time and time again that the moment President Obama does something, even if it’s something they’ve supported in the past, they’ll instantly say he should have done the opposite.
Their antics would almost be comical if these weren’t real members of Congress playing some kind of petty childhood game that impacts the lives of millions of Americans.
Watch Maddow’s segment below via MSNBC: