Co-host Joy Behar lamented to McCain that he "turned" and became "much more lockstep" with Bush and the Republican Party. "I don't see the old John McCain," Behar said.
McCain responded, "I've been through this litany before, when I say, 'OK, what specific area have I 'changed'?' Nobody can name it.... I am the same person and I have the same principles."
"Nobody" can name specific areas on which McCain has changed policies? I can! In fact, shortly after McCain started his most recent presidential campaign, I started noticing that he was shamelessly abandoning most of the positions he used to maintain. Soon after, I started keeping a list, and I've been updating it ever since.
As of last week, McCain had flip-flopped on 76 different issues. In most instances, it was a reversal that led McCain to end up on the right, in order to help him win the Republican nomination and the support of his party's far-right base.
Indeed, I can safely say, after taking on this project over several months, the question isn't where McCain has flip-flopped; the question is where he hasn't flip-flopped. The man has completely reinvented himself, fundamentally changing his economic worldview (more than once), his approach to foreign policy, how he perceives national security policy, how he deals with culture-war issues, even how he approaches signature issues like campaign finance reform.
The old McCain not only wouldn't recognize the new McCain, it's safe to say the old McCain wouldn't even vote for the new McCain.
What are the specific areas has McCain changed? I'm so glad he asked....