John McCain: Not So Moderate?

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Before reading Paul Krugman‘s column in the NY Times on Monday, if you had asked us to describe John McCain in three words, we might have said “a moderate, straight-talking maverick Republican.” We might have even said we liked him a little bit. Not that we can be completely swayed by one column (especially a column that requires Times Select membership), but it does make us stop and consider the possibility that we have been duped. According to Krugman, “John McCain isn’t a moderate. He’s much less of a maverick than you’d think. And he isn’t the straight talker he claims to be.”

And he goes on:

“The bottom line is that McCain isn’t a moderate; he’s a man of the hard right. How far right? Statistical analysis of Mr. McCain’s recent voting record, available at, ranks him as the Senate’s third most conservative member.”

Sen. McCain spoke out against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004, but only because the Defense of Marriage Act already succeeds in stifling samesex marriage. If McCain were elected president in 2008, would his true feelings about sodomy (laws) come out? It’s possible that he could make the doctrine of South Dakota the law of the land, and then what would all the lesbians do about their accidental pregnancies? We think that before being sworn in, President McCain should have to watch the new Dutch immigration video of men kissing. Purely as a safeguard of course.

The Right’s Man [Times Select]
McCain: Same-sex marriage ban is un-Republican [CNN]