Yes, the great maverick puckered up and planted a big one on the collective posterior of extreme Right torture fandom today.
Today, the Senate brought the Intelligence Authorization Bill to the floor, containing a provision from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that establishes one interrogation standard, requiring the intelligence community to abide by the same standards as articulated in the Army Field Manual and banning waterboarding.Apparently, McCain's experience as a POW is only for telling stories at campaign stops. But at least Lockheed - the company that owns the company that provides priately contracted interrogators at Gitmo - will be happy and keep McCain's campaign funds flowing.
Just hours ago, the Senate voted in favor of the bill, 51-45.
Earlier today, ThinkProgress noted that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war, has spoken strongly in favor of implementing the Army Field Manual standard. When confronted today with the decision of whether to stick with his conscience or cave to the right wing, McCain chose to ditch his principles and instead vote to preserve waterboarding
In the annals of political flip-flopping, this is one of the headliners. Such an utter lack of principle as to be able to turn on a dime and deny what he himself has been saying for years means no-one who isn't part of the goose-stepping Right - especially leader's of other Western nations - will ever believe a word out of his mouth again. Ferchrissakes, don't let this man anywhere near the Oval Office.