Irrational Exuberance: Exhibit 3
Why I Will No Longer Support John McCain:
Put very simply: John McCain is a liar. He's a man without honor, without integrity, who could not have captured the Republican nomination had he run on making comprehensive immigration a top priority of his administration. Quite frankly, this is little different from George Bush, Sr. breaking his "Read my lips, no new taxes pledge," except that Bush's father was at least smart enough to wait until he got elected before letting all of his supporters know that he was lying to them.This one is about immigration; apparently McCain was lying when he said he hated brown people just as much as any other Republican. Who knew?
The tensions were always there--between catering to crazy nativist assholes and getting more Hispanic votes, between sucking up to nutbag fundamentalists and winning the middle. The question was whether they would be papered over by McCain's cheerleaders in the Washington press corps. Ten years ago, I think the adulation of the McCain groupies who call themselves 'journalists' would have been enough to put him over the top; now, I think the alternate channels of information make it a lot more difficult for him to get away with it.