Thursday, February 09, 2006

A reformer with flipflops

McCain in 2002, riding the McCain-Feingold love train:
BILL MOYERS: Senator, in your home state of Arizona, a number of candidates recently were elected to office running with public funding, public financing. Would you support it? Would you endorse, what do you think about that experiment there?… Do you think that could become a model for the nation as a whole?

Yesterday, riding the "be bipartisan my (Republican) way" train:

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin and Sen. Chris Dodd, the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, said yesterday that they will push for public financing of federal elections.

McCain dismissed the proposal yesterday with a flat “no.”
McCain would rather fiddle with the edges of campaign finance, restricting some sources of money which he associates with Democrats, than take a wholesale approach and actually reform the system. He knows public financing can work, it would certainly take a huge opportunity for improper influence out of politics, and a voluntary system like Arizona's doesn't interfere with anyone's free speech. The only reason he'd come out against this off the bat, rather than lending his experience to improve it, is because of the letter after Durbin and Dodd's names.

Like all great indie acts, his early work was better.

These days” by R.E.M. from the album Lifes Rich Pageant (1986, 3:24).

All the people gather
Fly to carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden, these days
Happy throngs, take this joy wherever, wherever you go.