Carol Platt Liebau: No "Straight Talk" on Taxes

Monday, January 14, 2008

No "Straight Talk" on Taxes

Robert Novak writes:

Two days before his decisive victory in New Hampshire, John McCain was asked by Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press": "Do you believe that voting against the Bush tax cuts was a mistake?" Sen. McCain replied quickly, "Of course not." He next said I was wrong when I wrote, "McCain has admitted to me that those tax votes were a mistake." In fact, what he actually told me amounted to admitting error.

Pieces like this warn of a less-than-attractive trait of McCain's -- an absolute inability to admit being wrong about anything, any time. There's been much discussion among Democrats and pundits about Bush's purported refusal to admit mistakes; certainly McCain has the same trait in spades. The difference? Bush's "mistakes" were policies that didn't accord with liberal orthodoxy. McCain's are policies that are heresy to conservatives.

No doubt conservatives -- and Republicans of most stripes -- would find President Bush's brand of "stubbornness" much less wearing over time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol, your blog is starting to take on the worst qualities of a Mitt Romney campaign commercial. All attack all the time. As Kos's Democrats for Romney notes, there is no greater voice against Republican candidates than Mitt Romney and his backers.

What ever happened to Reagan's 11th commandment?

6:59 PM  

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