Two-Faced McCain: "I'm not racist, I just hang out with racists."
by Matt Stoller, Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:30:31 AM EST
Today, Senator John McCain is heading to Alabama to host a fundraiser for George Wallace Jr., who is running for Lieutenant Governor in a contested primary. Wallace has given four speeches in front of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group that was created from the mailing list of the old White Citizens Councils and has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as growing more openly "radical and racist" in recent years. However, Wallace claims he sees "nothing hateful" in the group which opposes interracial marriage, hate crime legislation, and "Afrocentric" education in schools. In 2000, McCain took George Bush to task for speaking at Bob Jones University without condemning their policy against interracial dating.
This is just like McCain backing Intelligent Design or his near perfect extreme record on abortion. No one really gets that he's cutting deals with crypto-racists and right-wing nuts, so he can present himself as a moderate reformer. He's not. He's two-faced. He'll cut deals with extremists, and then cut deals with moderates, telling everyone what they want to hear.