The Big Top Flip-Flop!

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.

In a letter posted online by National Review this week, the adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, said Mr. McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor Americans’ international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that required court oversight of surveillance.


Although a spokesman for Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, denied that the senator’s views on surveillance and executive power had shifted, legal specialists said the letter contrasted with statements Mr. McCain previously made about the limits of presidential power.

Original DVD cover

In an interview about his views on the limits of executive power with The Boston Globe six months ago, Mr. McCain strongly suggested that if he became the next commander in chief, he would consider himself obligated to obey a statute restricting what he did in national security matters.

Mr. McCain was asked whether he believed that the president had constitutional power to conduct surveillance on American soil for national security purposes without a warrant, regardless of federal statutes.

He replied: “There are some areas where the statutes don’t apply, such as in the surveillance of overseas communications. Where they do apply, however, I think that presidents have the obligation to obey and enforce laws that are passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, no matter what the situation is.”

Following up, the interviewer asked whether Mr. McCain was saying a statute trumped a president’s powers as commander in chief when it came to a surveillance law. “I don’t think the president has the right to disobey any law,” Mr. McCain replied.


[…] Mr. McCain has worked to consolidate his party’s base, he has taken several positions that have won him praise from his former critics while drawing fire from Democrats.

In February, for example, Mr. McCain voted against limiting the Central Intelligence Agency to the techniques approved in the Army Field Manual on Interrogation, which complies with the Geneva Conventions. Mr. McCain said the C.I.A. needed the flexibility to use other techniques so long as it did not abuse detainees.

He also voted for legislation that would free telecommunications companies from lawsuits alleging that they illegally allowed the N.S.A. to eavesdrop on their customers’ phone calls and e-mail without a warrant. The legislation would also essentially legalize a form of surveillance without warrants going forward.

But Mr. McCain had previously stopped short of endorsing the view that Mr. Bush’s program of surveillance without warrants was lawful all along because a president’s wartime powers can trump statutory limits.

Here’s a list of some other Captain Underpants’s flip-flops.

Welcome to the GOP Circus!


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29 responses to “The Big Top Flip-Flop!

  1. nightowl724

    Uh-oh… It looks as if I might have to add more verses to “I’m Not Lisa.”

    LMAO at Pee Wee McCain! Good job!

  2. Got a Grip

    nonnie, Flip Flop Pee Wee (i.e. Captain Underpants) is one of your best works ever. Of course, we do owe a debt of gratitude to C.U. for being such a wishy-washy pr1ck……

  3. Got a Grip

    nightowl, I think by the time this election season is over, your song may have to published as a book…. 😉

  4. i think nightowl’s song will be a manual. maybe the media can sing it to themselves in order to overcome their infatuation with the barbecuing mr. mavericky.
    glad you like the cover, gotta. i have to admit that it is one of my faves. 😀

  5. nightowl724

    gotta made me do it!

    I’m Not Chimpy!
    (parody of I’m Not Lisa by Jessi Coulter)

    I’m not Chimpy!
    My name is Johnny.
    (Chimpy cost you with YOYO.)
    Those lies are not true!
    I’m seventy-two,
    And I ride the Straight Talk Express!

    I voted every time,
    The BushCo party line.
    Taxes. Torture, too.
    No child left behind.

    Bear Stearns, drugs, abstinence.
    Jail time for drug offense.
    Stem cells, UN. BOO!
    Gun laws, border fence.

    Social Security,
    TelCo immunity,
    Global warming. POOH!
    Harsher bankruptcy.

    Need more death penalty,
    Love Medicare Part D,
    HSAs, Big Blue,
    Faith-based reality.

    No raise in GI pay,
    No gays, no Roe v Wade.
    Iraqi smear, wartime profiteers, fear,
    Where we’ve stayed for years.
    Aping Chimpy, Chimpy.

    S-CHIP is not OK.
    FISA won’t go away.
    Invade Iran, keep Afghanistan, man,
    Where we’ll stay for years.
    Aping Chimpy, Chimpy.

    When it was my birthday,
    New Orleans washed away.
    Cake, while she died, drowning in her tears, cried,
    Where she’s stayed for years.
    Aping Chimpy, Chimpy.

    I’m not Chimpy!
    My name is Johnny.
    (Chimpy lost you years ago.)
    Those lies are not true!
    I’m seventy-two,
    And I ride the Straight Talk Express!

    I’m not Chimpy!

  6. Got a Grip

    Oh, nonnie, you’ve sparked another song in my head (be afraid, be very afraid). I bet you’ll like this one better than the schmatzy “I’m not Lisa”.

    It’s really the wrong season for it, as it’s a Christmas Song, “The Christmas Song”. But it could be altered for the primary season instead of the Christmas season. You know “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire….”, only it could be something like “Wingnuts hoisted on their own petard….” or something like that. What do you think? 🙂

  7. nightowl724

    I’ve been censored! (snark)

    gotta, I posted I’m Not Chimpy here, but it’s apparently being held hostage…

  8. gotta,
    i think that you should try your hand at writing a parody. you’ll have fun.

    i have no idea why that wound up stuck in the spam filter. it usually only does that when there are a lot of links.

  9. jlms qkw - jenn

    it’s not from jsm studio.

    it’s greaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

  10. jsm studios passed on this movie. i can’t figure out why. don’t people love circus movies?
    how are the toofies today, jenn? hope you are feeling better.

  11. nightowl724

    Thanks for rescuing my song, nonnie. You are so right… gotta should write some parodies! Let’s nag her.

  12. Got a Grip

    Alright, you two, I’ll give the song parody a shot this week. I guess I can’t let you have all the fun….. 😉

  13. jlms qkw - jenn

    toofies are happy that they are seeing the densist ?sp tomorrow!!

  14. gee, gotta, you don’t take a lot of nagging, do you? 😉

    jenn, those are words you will never hear me utter–no part of me is ever happy to see a dentist!

  15. nightowl724

    I. can. not. WAIT. to. see. your. parody. gotta!

    Are you really a parody virgin?

  16. Got a Grip

    Yes, nightowl, this will be one of my last virginal acts. I’ve pretty much done everything. I’ve done my share of visual parodies and I’ve had many a good snarkfest or rant. I’ve also been known to burst into song parody when something is triggered in my brain by something someone says. But I’ve never sat down to do a whole song. Now’s as good a time as any.

    And nonnie, you know full well it doesn’t take much in the way of nagging to get me to do something. I’m way too easy that way. Anything for my peeps, and the Raisinettes are definitely my peeps…. 😉

  17. Friend of the court

    Hello Raisinettes, good to see your voices. My friend said that she doesn’t care if I go to pinko sites, on her computer, while she is at work. I’m sure that Captain Underpants will cost the tax payers alot less money flying on a trapeeze or out of a cannon than he did flying airplanes. Didn’t he crash about four?

  18. fotc!!!! fotc!!!! fotc is here!!!! 😀 😀 😀
    oh, how i have missed you!!! i was telling dadanation over at the big orange how much i missed you! how are you? how long before you get into your permanent place?
    just seeing your name put a huge smile on my face! 😀
    p.s. i think it was 5 planes. 😉

  19. Friend of the court

    Hey nonnie,
    I have missed you, too. The permanent place is going to take longer than I thought. The people living there have had a medical setback and will not be moving until the late fall. I rented a studio and will be moving there on the 14th of this month. The good news is that it is only about a three minute drive from the school. I can, easily walk to work, when the weather is not evil. My brother is being a total ass about my mom’s house and I have to talk to a lawyer in the morning. Other than that, things are ok. I’m on vacation, this week and will try to get around here a little more. I’ve never used a laptop before and I keep reaching for the mouse.
    I plan to be in the new place before Obama moves into his new digs in Jan. ’09. 😉

  20. nightowl724

    FOTC!!! HORRAY!!!

    Sorry for your troubles, but glad you’re back!!!

  21. Friend of the court

    nightowl, glad to be back. Thank you, for the card. 🙂

  22. fotc,
    sorry that you are having housing problems, but i am glad that you at least found a temporary place that is convenient.
    it’s terrible to have any business dealings at all with family. there is a bit of a civil war (which gets a bit uncivil) in my family because of property that is jointly owned, but not jointly paid for. we are probably going to have to get a lawyer, too.
    everyone will be so happy to see you! nightowl has already checked in, but i suspect gotta will not be too far behind, and she will be just as happy as we are to “see” you.

  23. now i cant get that horrible Im Not Lisa song out of my head…….

  24. 😆
    i feel your pain!

  25. Got a Grip

    Fotc!!! Oh, joy! Oh Happy Day! I’m so glad to see you here. I’ve missed you like crazy, girl! Tell your friend thanks from your pinko Raisinette friends.

    YEA!! FOTC IS HOME!!!! 🙂

  26. Friend of the court

    Good to “see” you, too Gotta. I didn’t know how much I was missing being on the line, until I had a chance to be back. “There’s no place like home.” You can ask the little dog, too.

  27. as much as you missed being online, fotc, you were 100 times more missed here!

  28. Got a Grip

    Amen to that, nons, amen to that…. 😉

  29. nightowl724

    fotc, ditto what nonnie and gotta said!

    dcAp, sorry about the song, (But, it’s gotta’s fault!)

    jenn, how are your toofies today?