During the 2004 presidential campaign, Republicans and their supporters made hay of a comment by then-candidate John Kerry who tried to succinctly describe his "evolving" position on the Iraq war. The famous quote which they beat him with was "I was for it before I was against it". His explanation was that given the cherry-picked intel, he supported it, but once he found out the truth, he was against it. The explanation didn't help.
Changing one's position can be admirable when it's done after new information becomes available. It shows a willingness to consider facts and reconsider one's convictions. Changing one's position purely for political expediency, however, is the very definition of hypocrisy. I think we can find a few examples of that.
Earlier this year, a bi-partisan group of senators crafted an immigration reform bill that looked like it was ready to launch right out of committee. Republicans still feeling the sting from the 2012 elections knew they needed to attract more Latino voters, and it was the right economic and humane thing to do. Senator Mark Rubio was one of that bi-partisan group that crafted the legislation
. So naturally by October, he is now against the very legislation he helped write
. He claims it should be broken up into smaller bills, but we all know he's just trying to maintain some conservative bona fides
Then there's the 11th hour budget/debt deal that oddly showed the Senate to be the adults in the room, passing a bill that went on to the House, where every Democrat and enough Republicans voted for it to pass it on to the President for his signature. The fact that neither left wing
nor right wing
pols and pundits were completely happy with it indicates that it was probably the best deal that could be gotten.
Fast-forward less than two weeks, and we have 27 GOP Senators voting on a symbolic resolution to disapprove of the vote
on the debt ceiling bill. Yes, that's right - they voted on a resolution condemning their own votes
. It's meaningless and absurd and would be completely laughable if they weren't once again wasting the People's time and tax dollars on this nonsense.
Not to be outdone, the House had their own confused moral chest-thumping moment
, voted for by all but 4 Republicans - and 3 self-hating Democrats. Like the Senate resolution, this is both meaningless and wasteful. Considering the House's complete lack of accomplishments since the Republicans took over in 2010, however, this seems more appropriate coming from them. Surprisingly, I expected more from the Senate.
Considering how much they disagree with their own legislation and votes, perhaps they should just adopt a picture of Roman god Janus as their logo. The image seems to fit them better than an elephant.