Much has been made of Mitt Romney's positions on a short list of issues previous to entering the 2008 Presidential race, the same has been said of Mike Huckabee. Yet admittedly those two men are running on the campaign platforms that they published on their web-sites and have stood by in debate after debate.
John McCain on the other hand has performed major flip-flops on two of the core positions the party base holds dear, and in essence remade himself and his candidacy multiple times.
Assisted by popular mainstream media coverage Senator McCain has escaped careful scrutiny of his positions, unlike both Romney and Huckabee who have had to endure hit after hit for conservative positions and how those differed from previous policies practiced by the two Governors.
John McCain as recently as the New Hampshire primary still scoffed at tax cuts and chided those who had opposed him for the legislation he authored multiple years over that offered direct amnesty to those who had entered the nation illegally. By South Carolina depending on the group he addressed, McCain had seen the light on border fencing, and began calling for the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
You know - the same tax cuts he fought against. The same tax cuts that pulled us out of the Clinton recession, and helped us recover from 9/11 and gave the government treasury revenues of such magnitude that despite fighting an expensive on-going war against global jihadists still allowed us to reduce the deficit ahead of schedule every year.
Yes Senator Cranky could easily be dubbed, "McFlipper!"
Yet highlighting Mitt's previously held positions, positions that he committed to prior to campaigning for president, McCain advanced the double talk of his rival's floppery all the while ignoring his seismic shifts.
And it began to extend far beyond those two issues.
The arrogant Senator began to make allusions to strong judicial nominees that he would put forward if he were to be elected. How easily the voters in Florida forgot that it was Senator John McCain whose "Gang of 14" saw to it that the talented, gifted, and deserving justices were not just moved to the back of the bus.
Senator McCain threw them under it.
The wild-eyed, cocky, and short-fused candidate also attempted to cite his pro-life credentials and his voting record to voters beyond South Carolina. It is my feeling that Senator McCain believes that by running now as a "pro-life" and "strong defense" candidate that he will corner two of the three legs of the Reagan coalition. He's already openly admitted he has essentially no clue how the economy works, or should be fixed, or even managed.