McCain Taps His Inner Wingnut, Flipflops on Gay Marriage, According to Falwell

Don’t Call Him a ‘Moderate’ Anymore

In today’s Washington Post, EJ Dionne speculates that in order to win his party’s nomination in 2008, Sen. John McCain will have to run so far to the right that he’ll alienate independent voters, an essential group of supporters who strongly identify with him as one of their own: conservative on fiscal issues and liberal on social issues.

Falwell said McCain has expressed a willingness to support a Federal Marriage Amendment, a flipflop from his earlier position that marriage was an issue best left to the states.

If Rev. Jerry Falwell is telling the truth, Dionne can stop speculating. The hillbilly mullah told his hometown newspaper that McCain recently assured him that he has reversed his position on gay marriage:

Falwell said McCain has expressed a willingness to support a Federal Marriage Amendment, an issue dear to conservative Christians. The amendment would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Christian conservatives, including Falwell, are concerned about efforts by homosexual groups to have civil unions between same-sex partners recognized as marriages. McCain previously has said the matter of defining marriage should be handled by state legislatures, but now concedes that a federal statute may be necessary, Falwell said.

It is unclear whether the Lynchburg News-Advance sought a confirmation of Falwell’s claim from McCain or his office.

In 2000, McCain won the New Hampshire primary against George Bush, the Texas governor, but when the campaign moved to South Carolina, McCain suffered a self-inflicted wound when he criticized the religious right, mentioning Falwell specifically:

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,” McCain said at the time.

McCain lost big in South Carolina and Virginia and was soon out of the race, clearing the field for the Worst Presidency Ever.

Now all is forgiven between Falwell and McCain, according to the reverend. He has even invited McCain to speak at Liberty College in May:

“I was in Washington with him about three months ago,” Falwell said. “We dealt with every difference we have. There are no deal breakers now. But I told him, ‘You have a lot of fence mending to do.’”

Another issue McCain will have to confront is his advanced age. He will turn 72 in 2008, making him three years older than Ronald Reagan when he elected in 1980. He would be 77 at reelection time in 2012, and 81 if he finished a second term.


  • Helzapoppin
    March 28, 2006 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    And in related news, staffers for McCain indicate that his run for the Republican nomination for President in ’08 will feature the unveiling of a new tour bus, dubbed the “Straight-Only Express”

  • oldgringo
    March 28, 2006 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    There once was a man named John McCain.
    He was a real man.
    He was a war hero, for real.
    He got into politics and did well for many years and was well respected by most people, for real.
    Then he ran for his party’s nomination to run for president, and had a good shot at it for real, until the Bush Family turned Mad dog Rove on him, and the rest is history, ALMOST…
    It seems that power does corrupt, and not just those who steal it, but those, too, who only manage to grasp for it.
    Alas! Poor John! We THOUGHT we knew him well, but look at him no, throwing what little honor he might have had left to pander at whatever cost, to J. Falwell?
    Is there no end to shame?

  • big dave from queens
    March 29, 2006 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    McCain was originally one of the Keating 5, part of the corrupt, Congress for Sale crooks. McCain is a dishonest person, a man with no spine nor character, who will say or do anything to try and advance his own ego and power.

    McCain’s 2000 role as “maverick,” “independent,” and “straight shooter” were merely acting roles that Johnny Boy was playing because at the time, his pollsters felt these cliches could garner him the most votes.

    McCain should be denounced for the fraud he is, whether he pretends to align himself with Russ Feingold, or caters to Jerry Falwell. He is a man of no character whatsoever and should be called out on it.

  • Romelee
    March 29, 2006 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    They need to keep their eyes open .I liked McCain when he was getting lied about by Bush Now he is what they claimed Kerry was a flip flopper .What amess our country is in.

  • March 29, 2006 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    well, it looks like he’ll be gettin’ the catholic vote … since another religious extremist, pope ratso ratzinger will no doubt put out the orders to endorse him since he’s agin them there gays hitchin’ up … what a bunch of stupid fuckwads

  • fran kaye
    March 30, 2006 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    McCain = Bush clone

  • Susan
    March 30, 2006 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I have been saying all along that McCain is too old to win. That’s why I think we should encourage the right to nominate him. We have no idea how long Reagan had alzheimers before it was finally revealed to the public and I can’t see someone 72 winning the election. So lets all keep telling the right how scared we are that McCain might be nominatied and then go after his butt on the age issue.

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