If I Were Running the Democratic Party, I Would:
I Still Don't Understand Why...

John McCain Is too Erratic to Be President

YHWH alone knows what he would do:

McCain for President?: Nolan McCarty, Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal: [I]t would be hard for voters or even seasoned observers to predict what McCain might do as president. Our own research on congressional roll-call voting reveals that McCain has the second most erratic voting record in the Senate since the end of World War II.... When McCain served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986, his voting record placed him right in the middle of the Republican caucus, at a time when that caucus was not nearly so conservative as it is today. When he entered the Senate in 1987, he voted as a middle-of-the road Republican. Beginning in 1993, McCain began to alter his voting behavior. In some terms, he was one of the most consistently conservative voters in the Senate while during others he was among the most liberal Republicans....

Because McCain's voting record has gyrated so much, however, it is hard to find the principle that links McCain's resume of heterodoxies together....

[H]is anti-corruption sensibilities do not seem to have given him reservations about his other high-profile defection from Republican orthodoxy. McCain supports a cap-and-trade system as a means to control emissions. Unfortunately, cap-and-trade would produce levels of congressional corruption not seen since the Gilded Age and make all of the earmarking abuses seem mild in comparison. A cap-and-trade system would set a limit on production in the United States and then issue emission credits that could be bought and sold.... The problem is that Congress would establish the allotments! Every business in America, along with the affected workers and local politicians, would frantically lobby their senators and representatives for additional allotments. In exchange for campaign contributions, more allotments would be forthcoming.

This system would be a nightmare of corruption and inefficiency. Economists have been sounding the warning about this for some time and pointing out that a simple carbon tax with the proceeds going to the U.S. Treasury or an auction of allotments would be far more efficient....

While he was running for president in 2000, he specifically called out the evangelical leaders Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as agents of intolerance on par with Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton. And yet McCain reconciled with Falwell before his death and delivered the commencement address at Liberty University in 2006. McCain has long been a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform measures that include guest-worker programs and paths to citizenship for undocumented aliens already here, as well as enhanced border security. Yet after his own immigration measure – co-sponsored with Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy – failed to achieve cloture in the Senate, McCain disavowed the comprehensive approach.... [H]is biggest heterodox-to-orthodox transformation was on the Bush tax cuts. In 2001, McCain said he could not “in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who need tax relief.” But in 2008, he supports making all of the Bush cuts permanent and cutting corporate tax rates further. Given that large deficits and few evident economic benefits came from the tax cuts, it is hard to see any principle connecting his position in 2001 to that of 2008 except for opportunism...

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