So, so stupid.

“We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,” the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. “The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.”…

“I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history,” McCain said to applause.

The comments were in sharp contrast to McCain’s statement when Rumsfeld resigned in November, and failed to address the reality that President Bush is the commander in chief.

“While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans’ respect and gratitude for his many years of public service,” McCain said last year when Rumsfeld stepped down.

In other words, McCain — who’s been criticizing Rumsfeld over Iraq since a year after the invasion — is supposedly a hypocrite for issuing a polite pro forma statement of recognition on the day the axe fell. If that’s the new standard they’re holding him to, then the bloom really is off that “maverick” rose.

The little civics lesson/editorializing about Bush’s culpability is nice, too.

You suppose this has anything to do with the newfound media hostility? Because if they’re looking for a flip flop, there’s a sweet one waiting for them on Google. August 24, 1999:

McCain said, “I’d love to see a point where Roe vs. Wade is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.” A spokesman said that McCain “has a 17-year voting record of supporting efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade. He does that currently, and will continue to do that as president.”

Exit question: Are there any major Republican political figures who have been reliably, consistently pro-life?

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