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Deciphering McCain.

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"Deciphering McCain."

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In 2005, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) believed in polls:

I’m glad that 58 percent of the American people believe that we should stay the course, as well.

On Wednesday, McCain no longer believed in polls:

The judgment of history should be the approval we seek, not the temporary favor of the latest public opinion poll.

By Thursday McCain believed in polls again:

He said that if the Bush administration’s plan had not produced visible signs of progress by the time a McCain presidency began, he might be forced — if only by the will of public opinion — to end American involvement in Iraq. “I do believe that history shows us Americans will not continue to support an overseas engagement involving the loss of American lives for an unlimited period of time unless they see some success,” he added. “And then, when they run out of patience, they will demand that we get out.”

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