Financial Flip Reveals Yet Another McCain

Hasty reprogramming turns candidate into pro-regulation populist
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 11:18 AM CDT
John McCain and Sarah Palin address supporters during a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain tried on yet another new personality Tuesday, ranting about “abuses on Wall Street” and promising to “put an end to the greed” with new regulations. Yes, he was suddenly an angry populist, not the guy who’d favored deregulation his entire career, Gail Collins observes in the New York Times, adding, “really, if McCain is going to keep changing into new people, the campaign should send out notices.”

“Since McCain’s willingness to make speeches that have nothing to do with his actual beliefs is not matched by an ability to give them,” Collins notes, “he wound up sounding like Bob Dole impersonating Huey Long.” Just Monday, McCain was saying “the fundamentals are strong.” Now, he assures us, he meant the American people were the fundamentals! So of course they’re strong! Strong and, thanks to McCain, “ready to stage a run on the first bank in sight.”