McCain's got this whole flip-flop thing down to two hours:
John McCain just now delivered a statement to the press about the bailout collapse, and called for the finger-pointing to stop -- barely two hours after his campaign directly blamed Obama in unequivocal terms.
"Now is not the time to fix the blame." McCain said. "It's time to fix the problem."
But at around 3:30 P.M., the McCain campaign blasted out a statement that fixed the blame directly on Obama.
"Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill," the statement said. "This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country."
There must have been a soiled Depends or two between 3:30pm and 5:30pm as John McCain --- once again late to the party -- realized that it's the Republicans who are squarely to blame. Better call for finger-pointing to stop - all of those fingers are pointing at us Republicans!
Update: It appears that McCain may have flipped again, but he's not pointing fingers at Obama -- McCain has now gone "bipartisan" -- he's blaming all of Congress:
"They wiped out $1.2 trillion today," the Arizona Senator told KARE 11, "Congress's failure to act today is not acceptable."[...]
"This is a time of severe crisis, maybe the greatest crisis of our life time," McCain told KARE, "Our failure to act is going to cause problems not only in America, but globally."
In all fairness to John McCain -- and I do want to be fair to the guy whose campaign, just this morning before the failed bailout vote, was telling America that he deserved credit for the bill's imminent passage --
Chief McCain strategist Steve Schmidt said yesterday on Meet the Press, "What Senator McCain was able to do was to help bring all of the parties to the table, including the House Republicans, whose votes were needed to pass this." And this morning, McCain backer Mitt Romney told NBC that "this bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain....this is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain."
In all fairness to that guy who was claiming credit for the bill's passage just minutes for before it failed, the latest flip may have occurred before the original flip -- a pre-flip if you will. The linked story doesn't tell us if McCain was blaming Congress before or after he blamed Obama, and before or after he then 2 hours later said it was time to end the blame game.
Pre-flip or re-flip? More to come. I never imagined the McCain/Palin ticket would self-destruct under the weight of its own incompetence. What an incredible meltdown.
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