There’s some ambiguity in McCain’s reply during the last debate on litmus tests for Supreme Court nominees. Here’s what was said:
McCain: I would consider anyone in their qualifications. I do not believe that someone who has supported Roe v. Wade that would be part of those qualifications. But I certainly would not impose any litmus test.
Was he clumsily trying to say that one’s view of Roe v Wade wouldn’t be considered in his review of a nominee’s qualifications (the mashed potato answer), or did he mean to say that someone who supported Roe v Wade would not be qualified (the red meat answer)?
If the former, I would consider it typical politicianspeak. If the latter, that’s a huge deal that’s mostly going unchallenged for some reason.
My question: What, exactly, did he mean? And what makes you think that?
I tend to think it’s the latter, which is why he prefaced his third sentence with the word “but”, which I view as doubletalk to mean that eliminating someone for supporting Roe v Wade wouldn’t be a litmus test (hey, the RightWorld is a very odd place, not particularly known for it’s intellectual rigor, which is typically considered “elitist”). I think he was throwing red meat to his base, and only the agreement on behalf of the audience not to cheer kept them quiet.
On the other hand, he is not exactly known for his verbal fluency, so I could be wrong.
What do you think?