Hypocrites. People who accuse someone of something, only to turn around and do the same thing themselves. People who lie through their teeth for personal gain. People John McCain and Fred Thompson.
It all started yesterday when Mitt Romney in an attempt to highlight the difference between himself and the more liberal Rudy Giuliani, assured Nevada Republicans that he “stood for the Republican wing of the Republican Party”. Virtually everyone knew he was taking a swipe at Giuliani, yet Giuliani was not the first to respond. Instead, John McCain lashed out at Romney, making the following statement (from The Politico:
“As we all know, when he ran for office in Massachusetts, being a Republican wasn’t much of a priority for him,’ McCain said of Romney. “In fact, when he ran against Ted Kennedy, he said he didn’t want to return to the days of Reagan-Bush.”
“I always thought Ronald Reagan was a real Republican.”
But McCain wasn’t done. Dipping into his campaign’s trove of opposition research, the maverick senator alluded to Romney’s contribution of $250 to former New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Dick Swett in 1992 and the former governor’s backing of Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Paul Tsongas in the Bay State’s 1992 primary. Additionally, McCain cited Romney’s refusal to support the Contract for America in his 1994 Senate bid and his “embracing the Democratic position on many major issues of the day.”
“I don’t think he was speaking for Republicans,” McCain said of Romney after each of his digs.
“So you’ll understand why I’m a little perplexed when Mitt Romney now suggests that he’s a better Republican than me, or that he speaks for the Republican wing of the Republican Party.”
McCain eventually had to back off some of those statements, admitting (or at least saying) that he did not believe Romney was trying to con voters into supporting him.
Now, the McCain camp said, when asked about the anti-Romney rant, that the candidate had just been rubbed the wrong way by Romney’s “Republican wing” remarks. If you ask me, however, McCain is getting worried. He knows that the race is quickly becoming a two man competition between Giuliani and Romney, and he doesn’t want to be left out. While understandable, that desire does not justify hypocrisy and lies. For one, John McCain is no more of a Republican than Mitt Romney is – and the last thing he should want is a fight over who is more Conservative. One only needs to look at McCain’s support for Amnesty for illegals, limits on free speech (under the guise of Campaign Finance Reform), along with other things, to determine who really stands for Republicans. McCain also trys to get away with calling Romney a flip-flopper, trying to promote the blatant lie that “Senate bid and his “embracing the Democratic position on many major issues of the day”. Of course, the facts say otherwise, but why would McCain care? If you want proof that McCain is wrong, just read Romney’s 1994 campaign mailer, and remember, this is the race where he was supposedly the most liberal.
But enough about McCain, because, Fred Thompson is the real hypocrite in this fight is Fred Thompson. Firstly, lets see exactly what it is that he said:
“In 1994, Mitt Romney accomplished what people had long thought was impossible: He ran for Senate to the left of Ted Kennedy. I didn’t know there was any room there. For him to now claim to represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party is yet another Mitt Romney flip-flop.”
Obviously the “left of Ted Kennedy” garbage is easily debunked by the Romney campaign mailer that I talked about above, but the real issue here is that Fred Thompson has just as many black spots on his record as Mitt Romney, and, considering that he has done his best to hide them, I would say he has MUCH more to worry about. Lets not forget, that Fred Thompson is the third author of McCain’s CFR legislation, and that he once called abortion a “distraction” and lobbied for a pro-abortion group.
Clearly, neither of them are prime examples of Conservatism.