Atrios writes that “Aside from his brief flirtation with campaign finance reform, McCain has never shown any interest in regulation of any kind.”
That doesn’t seem quite right to me. For a period of time, for example, McCain wanted to ban mixed martial arts competitions. Similarly, his flirtation with campaign finance reform wasn’t so much brief as it was focused on an extremely narrow issue — a desire to ban a particular form of campaign contribution, rather than advance any coherent goals. McCain’s recent turn against a particular form of short selling strikes me as in keeping with that record; he likes to identify a “bad guy,” and then ban it rather than looking at systemic issues.