McCain is an open borders fanatic. He thinks other conservatives are racist for opposing him on this, and he takes it personally. He grudgingly said he wouldn’t push for comprehensive amnesty until the borders were secured first, but now he’s saying he’s going to fight for amnesty in 2009 if he somehow wins the election.
McCain acted honorably in his youth, but he’s a liar, and he has no commitment to the rule of law or the historical American nation. He is more committed to his own vanity and the abstract liberal principals that say its wrong and offensive and an offensive attack to ask that laws be enforced and that America preserves its demographic balance. Ace puts it well:
What surprises me is that John McCain fetishizes his own integrity and honor and yet apparently doesn’t think a promise made to conservatives “counts” — perhaps he imagines we’re children, or perhaps legally incompetent lunatics, who cannot enter binding contracts, and thus the contract he made with us can be voided without consequence?
I don’t know. For a man to whom integrity and honor is supposedly so important one would imagine he’d be slightly less cavalier about lying and breaking a promise, even if he didn’t like that promise.
Doubtless he disagrees with us. He thinks his policy is better. So what? The point of a promise is to, well, promise future outcomes, even if one wouldn’t choose those outcomes in absence of a promise.
One doesn’t really have to promise to do things one wants to do. One makes promises to do things one would not do, absent the promise.
This is the nasty edge of McCain’s conception of himself as impeccably righteous — he believes he’s so above the rest of us in terms of honesty and integrity he can also decide what constitutes a lie and what constitutes bad behavior and what represents a broken promise. As in, his mind, his presidency is absolutely indispensible to America, tiny deceptions like this are not merely excusable, but downright imperative, and thus justified.
Or perhaps it’s simpler: John McCain is unfailingly honorable; if he acts in a way that seems to be dishonorable, you must be perceiving it incorrectly, because John McCain is unfailingly honorable.
In fact, I imagine he conceives that there’s a great deal of integrity in his “having the guts” to tell the conservative troglodytes what they needed to hear in order to secure the nomination.