It’s relatively rare for a politician to make a point about how principled he is. Not that politicians don’t call themselves principles. It’s just that for most politicians, they try to do what they’re going to do, make the case for their issues as they make them, and hope that the results look like principled leadership to others. Senator John McCain of Arizona is different, he always wears his principledness on his sleeve, talks about it all the time. Presumably because he’s given to a substantially more incoherent approach than most people.
Like remember when McCain was a champion of immigration reform? Well, now he’s got a primary to win:
Sen. John McCain wants to call in the cavalry to defend Arizona from illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico — and to shore up his own right flank.
McCain asked the Obama administration Monday to send National Guard troops to the border after a prominent Arizona rancher was found shot to death on his own property.
“I am asking you and the administration to immediately reconsider your position and send National Guard troops to our southern border region,” McCain wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Last year, the administration denied a request from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for National Guard protection for the border.
After all, McCain knows how important it is to have leaders who put country first and don’t just act like opportunists. That’s why it’s important for him to beat JD Hayworth. And that’s why it’s important for him to act opportunistically.