“I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it.”
— John McCain, 2000
One of the biggest disappoints I've experienced in watching politics has been the re-making of John McCain. He used to be an honorable man who eschewed negative politics and who fought for change in Washington. I loved John McCain 2000. I voted for him in the Republican primary back then. I think this country could have been much better if not for the negative tactics and lies employed against him by the Bush 2000 campaign. One of the reasons I dislike the Bush Administration so much is because through sneaky and underhanded means, Bush and his cronies deprived us of a much better leader.
Since then, we've both changed. McCain has embraced the negative approach once used against him, and he has adjusted his stance on a number of issues (from tax cuts for the top 1% to hiring lobbyists to run his campaign, to agreeing with Bush on a lot of things — or at least saying he does). Even noted conservative George Will thinks that the McCain campaign has derailed and is taking a bad turn with all the “Obama is a bad person” stuff. And George Will and I agree on very, very little.
I've migrated in my politics to something left of center as a progressive and a bit of a populist.
So McCain just doesn't work for me anymore.