John McCain entered the political history books over the weekend, actually attacking himself as a purveyor of "class warfare."
McCain made the comments on Fox News Sunday, dismissing senators who oppose extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy for the exact reason he opposed enacting those cuts in the first place.
In 2001, after failing to gain support for an amendment that would make the wealthy pay a higher tax rate than they do now, McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts. In his floor speech he explained why: "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief."
This past weekend, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked McCain if he would support extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle-class while allowing tax cuts for the wealthy few to expire in order to pay for small business tax relief. McCain mocked the idea as "class warfare."
"John McCain actually threw himself under the proverbial bus," said Blake Morlock, Communications Director for the Rodney Glassman for U.S. Senate campaign. "It makes one wonder what positions he will take the next time political winds change. He's apparently capable of shape-shifting at will."
Glassman, a Democrat running against McCain in the general election, opposes allowing the Bush tax cuts on the middle-class to expire. This would constitute the largest middle-class tax increase in U.S. history -- a tax increase McCain apparently would let happen.
"I oppose John McCain's tax hike on struggling middle-class families," Glassman said. "I would like to see all the tax cuts extended until the economy recovers, but if I have to choose between people like John McCain and me keeping our tax cuts or middle-class families keeping theirs? I choose the middle class."