January 22, 2006

John McCain: Th'Inconstant Loon

Hatched by Dafydd
O, swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
W. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act II, scene 2

○  John McCain, April 6th, 2000, voting against ANWR drilling:

Voted YES on killing budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 6)

○  John McCain, 2000, voting in favor of ANWR drilling:

Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)

○  John McCain, 2002, supporting filibuster against ANWR drilling:

Mr. President, I have thought long and hard about this debate and the vote that I will cast. I still hope we can achieve a more balanced national energy strategy, but I am not convinced that a key component of that policy should be to drill in ANWR. I will vote against the motions to invoke cloture on these amendments.

○  John McCain, 2003, opposing inserting ANWR drilling into un-filibusterable budget bill:

Six of the Senate's 51 Republicans, including former presidential candidate John McCain of Arizona, on Friday announced they would not go along with a plan to tack ANWR drilling language onto a massive spending bill this spring that would enact the new 2004 budget for the federal government....

In addition to McCain, the letter was signed by Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois and Mike DeWine of Ohio. The six were part of a group of 8 Republicans who crossed the aisle last year to vote against ANWR drilling.

○  John McCain, March 16th, 2005, voting against ANWR drilling:

Arizona Sen. John McCain joined a failed Democratic attempt on Wednesday to bar oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

McCain joined six other moderate Republicans and most Democrats in looking to stop proposed ANWR drilling.

○  John McCain, March 18th, 2005, voting in favor of budget that included ANWR drilling:

The three anti-drilling Republicans who voted against the budget, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mike DeWine of Ohio, were joined by George Voinovich, who supported drilling Wednesday. The four Republicans who voted for the budget after voting against oil development Wednesday were John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Gordon Smith of Oregon and Norm Coleman of Minnesota.

○  John McCain, December , 2005, voting against filibuster of ANWR in Defense Appropriations bill (lefty blogger's angry reaction):

I should note that "moderate environmentalist" McCain complained about the move by Ted Stevens to attach ANWR drilling to the defense appropriations bill - and then went right ahead and voted to end the filibuster. Which, of course, would have virtually guaranteed passage of ANWR drilling into law. Once again, why is he a hero of some on the left?

○  John McCain, January 22nd, 2006, arguing for oil independence:

McCain: U.S. Can't Be Held Hostage for Oil

A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that America must explore alternate energy sources to avoid being held hostage by Iran or by "wackos" in Venezuela - an apparent reference to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's populist president.

Sen. John McCain, a potential presidential contender in 2008, said recent action by "Mr. Chavez" and by Iran's leaders make it clear that the United States will be vulnerable as long as it remains dependent on foreign energy.

"We've got to get quickly on a track to energy independence from foreign oil, and that means, among other things, going back to nuclear power," McCain said on Fox News Sunday.

"We better understand the vulnerabilities that our economy, and our very lives, have when we're dependent on Iranian mullahs and wackos in Venezuela," said McCain, who challenged President George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

○  John McCain: right yesterday, right tomorrow -- wrong yesterday, wrong today -- right today, wrong tomorrow.

Truly a man for all seasons!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 22, 2006, at the time of 1:12 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Stephen Macklin

There are two things John McCain seems to stand for consistently. Restricting Freedom of Speech is one. Advancing the career of John McCain is the other.

And the primary reason he supports the first because he sees it as supporting the second.

The above hissed in response by: Stephen Macklin [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2006 4:53 PM

The following hissed in response by: RBMN

McCain reminds me a bit of Jimmy Carter--a smiling "regular guy" on the outside, an egomaniacal control freak on the inside.

The above hissed in response by: RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2006 6:29 PM

The following hissed in response by: radarbinder

And this is the guy some see as the Republican's best chance in 2008?! Just what we need is Kerry-style waffling in our leader. McCain is going to wind up making even Guiliani look good!

The above hissed in response by: radarbinder [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2006 10:00 PM

The following hissed in response by: Hal

The problem is that some of these people often think that if we put just a little more money into alternative fuel source research, that tomorrow the entire economy could just flop right over to oil independence.

That's why, when we say, "Um, we need new sources of oil," respond as they do. They're still waiting for the rabbit to come out of the hat.

The above hissed in response by: Hal [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 2:32 PM

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