For those who don't know, I am posting questions to McCain supporters, since he told us nothing during the convention and isn't discussing issues in the public forum. I hoped that his supporters would be able to explain his positions to the rest of us. So far, that isn't happening.
But I'm a dreamer. I'll keep on publishing questions a few at a time, and move on when you have provided answers, or enough time has passed that I am sure you don't have the answers.
Questions for McCain Supporters #1 still need answersÂ
Questions for McCain Supporters #2 still need answersÂ Â
Question set #3:
JohnÂ McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.
- What makes John McCain think he is more qualified than the justices who made this decision?
- What does Â“not be in the business of legislating from the benchÂ” mean, and how does it apply here?
- Did he get his maverick reputation by wanting to be more like Bill Clinton (Meanwhile, back in the baby-killing camp, presidential candidate William Jefferson Clinton and his sidekick, Tonto, were quite candid about their litmus test for judicial nominees. During the 1992 campaign, Clinton told PBS interviewer Bill Moyers point blank that he has a litmus test for judges.) than members of his own party (When Republican primary voters next set their minds to finding an "electable" presidential candidate, they came up with Sen. Robert Dole (R.-Kan.). Like the "electable" Bush Senior before him, Dole explicitly swore off litmus tests. "I don't believe in litmus tests. I'm trying to expand the Republican Party. . . I've said, to the chagrin of some, that I don't believe in a litmus test. I refused to sign a pledge earlier this year in the primary-or last year in the primaries.... I'm not going to use that as a test for anybody I appoint to the court.")Â source for quotesÂ
- On June 14, 2008, in a Town Hall meeting, John McCain said, Â“I will not impose a litmus test on any nominee.Â”
Â Â Â Â Â Â McCain in 2000: Somewhat surprisingly, McCain had the support of Gary Bauer, the social conservative, who had dropped out of the race by that time. 'I wanted a commitment from either George Bush or John McCain that if elected he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court,' Bauer told me. 'Bush said he had no litmus test, and his judges would be strict constructionists. But McCain, in private, assured me he would appoint pro-life judges.'" [New Yorker, 5/30/05] SourceÂ
And now he promises to appoint judges with an agenda.
Does this mean
a)Â Â Â Â Â that he is a flip flopper?
b)Â Â Â Â Â that he is confused?
c)Â Â Â Â Â that he canÂ’t remember what he says from one day to the next?
d)Â Â Â Â this is the change he keeps talking about? (at least since he realized people were really getting into ObamaÂ’s message of change)
5.Â Have the National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle Association, Americans for Tax Reform, and others, cleared these allegations and made formal apologies to John McCain:Â Â“There were allegations that McCain had fathered a black child (he and Cindy have an adopted daughter, Bridget, who is Bangladeshi); that McCain had committed treason in Hanoi, or was crazed from his captivity. This subterranean campaign was supplemented separately by attack ads and direct mail paid for by the National Right to Life Committee, the National Rifle Association, Americans for Tax Reform, and others.Â”
6.Â Â WhatÂ’s up with this?
a)Â Â Â Â Â Â“John did not want to be a professional P.O.W. That night, at the party, everybody started telling stories about their incarceration. Not John.Â”
b)Â Â Â Â Â He learned to use the press, in a way that was mutually beneficial. Gullett said, Â“JohnÂ’s theory was Â‘IÂ’m going to talk it to death. I donÂ’t have anything to hideÂ—I might have made a mistake, but this is what I thought. So IÂ’ll answer every question.Â’ ThatÂ’s him: Straight Talk Express!
ÂI apologize for the formatting.