When it comes to Sen. John McCain vs. Sen. John McCain, the smart money bets on McCain. Confused? So is the Arizona senator, apparently.
As reader Nobody Important points out deep in a thread below, Sen. John McCain's recent outburst at billionaires meddling in politics is starkly at odds with his feelings from a few years ago.
In a 2001 Wash Post article about the founder of Monster.com's interest in gun control, McCain was strongly supportive:
For McCain, [Andrew] McKelvey's willingness to devote millions of dollars to influence lawmakers on issues such as gun control is something to be lauded rather than criticized. "I'm glad a guy with a billion dollars, or two billion dollars, wants to spend is money on an issue he feels strongly about," McCain says.
Whole story here.
And then there's the McCain of today. Or, more specifically, yesterday morning on Face the Nation, who attacked George Soros for, well, spending his money on an issue he feels strongly about: "I say shame on you, Mr. Soros, and shame on all of the people who are funding [527s]."
Whole bit here.