McChange of heart on racial preferences

 The single-sentence words of the ballot initiative ring with clarity:

 “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.”

Ward Connerly, one of the nation’s foremost advocates for abolishing race and gender based affirmative action, is the brains behind the initiative to end racial preferences that has been a big winner in California, Washington state and Michigan. It will appear on the ballot in Colorado, a politically pivotal state for the presidential candidates, and is expected to make the November ballot in Arizona and Nebraska.

Yet Michelle Malkin reports that until this weekend, John McCain had refused to take a position on Connerly’s measure. McCain has been a squish on the issue for years and remains untrustworthy now. He supported minority contracting set-asides and withheld support of an anti-preference measure proposed in 1998 by then-AZ state senator Scott Bundgaard, which McCain told Hispanic leaders was “divisive.” The Washington Post’s The Trail covers McCain’s weekend change of heart during an appearance with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

During the last election cycle, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos failed to support the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which won 58-42 in year of devastating Republican losses. DeVos was defeated by Democrat incumbent Governor Jennifer Granholm, by nearly the same margin the initiative succeeded: 56-42.

The issue resonates across racial and party lines with thinking Americans.

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6 Responses to McChange of heart on racial preferences

  1. Vince says:

    Although this switch merits my approval, he is so unreliable and I distrust himso completely that I expect him to do a turnaround if LaRaza and MecHa come calling. If this guy’s a ‘maverick’ I’m a monkey’s uncle!

  2. Gimlet says:

    McCain probably saw what happened to rhe Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate, Dick DeVos, when he withheld his support from this ballot measure. What other reason would there be for this new position? It has to be self-serving.

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    And watch him flip back to his original position when the Latino voters he’s been currying, express displeasure. Of course all of the recent polling indicates he is not doing so well with the Hispanic community — and after all of his excessive pandering! He could have an awakening and realize it’s the GOP base he should be courting rahter than dissing. Nah.

  4. Marianne says:

    Good memory jogger. I remember McCain doing in Sen. Scott Bundgaard.

    Bundgaard was a conservative GOP rising star who ran for congress when Trent Franks was elected. He was a well regarded state senator in his early 30’s at the time and get this….he was a McCain supporter! That was thanks he got. Franks has done a good job for his constituents, but as far as Bundgaard goes, he got the McCain royal treatment.

  5. JMT says:

    Now remember according to the frenchie prez it isn’t “affirmative action” it’s “positive discrimination” *groan*

    Just like “pork barrel projects” was changed to “earmarks” (my guess is that the term ‘pork’ probably offended a certain ‘class’ of individuals–and I’m not thinking it was the Jewish ones either so that leaves…).

    Changing what something is called doesn’t change what it REALLY is.

    Just like saying “undocumented workers” doesn’t change the FACT that the individuals being discussed are ACTUALLY INVADERS.

    Word games is how politics lives, unfortunately.

  6. Carrie Mason says:

    I had known about a great many McCain flip-flops, but this one had gotten by me. Thank you SEEINGRED for keeping track. But it does show how the political spin machine works eh? McCain the “straight talker”.. HA! A man of character….HA! A principled man…HA!HA!HA!