Originally Posted by Swift-Bass
I've heard a lot of people on the forum say they liked McCain of 2000 and may have even voted for him if he was the same in this election.
Since I didn't start paying attention to politics until about 2001 or so. Can some of you describe the differences you've seen between then and now?
It wasn't really McCain in 2000 people liked as much as when he went against his party fairly soon after the start of the Iraq War. When things started to get hairy he stood up to the GOP base and attacked Bush. As a Republican war hero he gained a lot of credibility among liberal blogs who wanted to recycle his opinions and rub it in the face of conservatives. They began to worship him and follow his every move and statement. During this time he started chumming up with Democrats to speak out against the war and other Bush/GOP policies.
But then he flipped again and began supporting the surge and essentially turned into a moderate Republican again those liberals who once beloved him felt betrayed. And the conservative blogs/talk radio remembered how quickly he could flip and wouldn't support him during the primaries and you even had the conservative blogs/talk radio telling people not to vote for McCain. They still haven't gotten over his change of stance over Iraq or his "amnesty" immigration bill.
An interesting tidbit... Joe Biden actually recommended McCain for John Kerry's Vice Presidential pick in the last election.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joseph Biden, a senior Democrat, on Sunday urged Republican Sen. John McCain to run for vice president with the Democratic hopeful, Sen. John Kerry, in order to heal the “vicious rift” dividing America.
McCain, of Arizona, “categorically” ruled out standing with Kerry, but Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had no second choice.
“I’m sticking with McCain,” Biden said.
“I think John McCain would be a great candidate for vice president,” Biden, from Delaware, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where the two senators appeared together to take questions on Iraq and other subjects.
“Do I think it’s going to happen? No,” he said. “But I think it is a reflection of the desire of this country and the desire of people in both parties to want to see this God-awful, vicious rift that exists in the nation healed, and John and John could go a long way to heal in that rift.”