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By Cliff Schecter - February 4

Our friend Senator Double-Talk had a tough day on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

First, he broke his own previous flip-flop record and managed to contradict himself on Iraq in 47 seconds. That is impressive even by McCainian standards.

Second, his old friend, Chuck Hagel, called his plan for Iraq "intellectually dishonest" on the very same show. Now, of course, that is obvious. Yet, for Hagel to point this out about a guy he endorsed for president in 2000, is still pretty astonishing.

But hey, McCain's hired all the Bush guys, so he can still be patient about announcing his plans and assume even as he gets hit by people like Hagel, he can just bs his way out of it by smearing everyone else as was done to him in South Carolina in 2000.

Maybe he needs a good talking to by Elliot Spitzer.


Betty Boop said:

oh Please do not forget Holy Joe Lieberman - he is what will make this a dream ticket.

February 4, 2007 9:35 PM

pendragon said:

Yeah Betty Boop. Thank you for my dream. (Wink.) (Nightmare.) Flip flop or outright betrayal to the electorate? The choices are.......omg, I can't even contemplate what life would be like if these guys went any further in their political careers. I have to go and wash my mind out with soap.

February 5, 2007 8:16 AM

Zupitty said:

About the 47 second flip-flop:
Please note, that if you carefully read what McCain said, he was talking about two different situations. As such it would be intellectually dishonest to claim a flip-flop here. If I were you, I'd remove this notion. Better to keep truth on your side and not give the right any ammo to shoot back.

February 5, 2007 8:21 PM

moonielakes said:

This is a great website. I think however the name should be changed, and instead of just picking on John McCain, be of real service and show us the flip flops of all our political (?) leaders. How about Hilary's flip flop on the invasion of Iraq? In 2002 she fully supported the presidents decision to go into Iraq. Now if elected president she will have us out of Iraq by 2009 because we never should have gone there in the first place. I know everyone is allowed to change their mind, but our politicians should not be doing so based on which ever way the window is blowing on any given day.

February 5, 2007 8:41 PM

Basheert said:

Hi Moonielakes:
I am first and foremost NOT a Hilary defender. Her voting to support the invasion in 2002 was based upon (supposedly) what the Congress was told "way back when".
I belive she IS a hawk yes, but I would have to support her over the flim flam artists currently running for president based only upon the fact that circumstances DO change and I really do think the Iraq war needs to be ended of American involvement. She has taken a stance now that is in line with mine - as have many others.
John McCain is a dishonest idiot about everything and living in his state is a nightmare personally for me. He lies, spews and drivels - not based upon actually changing his mind. He does it because he honestly has never figured out what he actually stands for.

I believe he is a truly corrupt individual with no moral fiber. When his family was attacked, he hugged Bush. Regardless of his political leaning, defense of your family should be a priority.

I am simply stating that he is not what he is portraying himself to be - he is running around pretending to be "honest" and he is not in my opinon.

February 5, 2007 11:06 PM

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About Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Washington Monthly and He blogs at and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called "Cliff's Corner," summarizing the week's most ridiculous events, for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the "liberal" pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams -- for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews and the Canadian Broadcast Channel. Recently, Schecter has been a regular contributor to MSNBC, where his debates against Republicans have become some of the most popular videos on YouTube, garnering as many as 125,000 viewings. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean's Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also provided initial opposition research for the Ned Lamont campaign's unprecedented victory over sitting senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary race in Connecticut, and has consulted for the DNC, DCCC and candidates he won't mention here because they lost.


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