McCain's Dishonest Spin on MLK Day in AZ


It’s easy to understand why John McCain is embarrassed by his record on civil rights, but the smart thing to do would be to explain why he’s had a sincere change of heart. McCain, for reasons that I can’t understand, has decided to pursue a far less honest path.



Consider this exchange from a press conference on Friday: [Ed: The version Benen used in his original post has been removed from YouTube, we grabbed this one instead]





McCain had said he’d fought for civil rights throughout his career, and a reporter asked him to be more specific. After a very long, unusually awkward pause, McCain mentioned how “proud” he is of his record “fighting for the recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday in my state.”
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