Straight Talk Express Conductor and Keating Five Cabalist Sen. John McCain, circa 2000:
"Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right."
John McCain, recently announced as the spring commencement speaker for Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist University, circa yesterday: "We agreed to disagree on certain issues, and we agreed to move forward….I don't have to agree with everything they [Christian conservatives, who have a major role to play in the GOP] stand for."
McCain has said he won't decide about running for the White House until 2007. I don't think he's flip-flopping by addressing this audience, but I'll be interested in hearing what he's got to say to this crowd. Especially if he'll lay out some vision of governance that isn't as incredibly awful as the one that is shot through his signature accomplishment, the passage of a really shitty campaign-finance law that accomplishes precisely nothing but the shredding of the First Amendment.
Speaking of that, check out an undeniable McCain flip-flop–on the topic of those dreaded "527 groups" that did so much to enliven the last presidential election cycle–here.