This article illustrates the danger in pandering to the extreme right. McCain was a proponent of a common sense approach to immigration reform but he knew that in order to secure the 2008 nomination, he had to become a follower as opposed to a leader. Sad.
Since losing to Barack Obama, however, he’s turned into the kind of party hack he used to live to mess with. In the last few months, McCain has flipped his position on dropping the military’s anti-gay “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, soft-pedaled his support for climate-change legislation, and dropped his support for humane, comprehensive immigration reform. In just the past week, he has come out against Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination on the lamest of grounds and defended Arizona’s ugly anti-immigrant law against challenge by the Justice Department.