As I wrote at the start of the month after noting Gloria Steinem’s Olympic-quality backflip regarding the successive former Navy men to run for the White House in 2004 and 2008:
56 years ago, Lillian Hellman rather disingenuously told HCUAA, “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” But as we’re seeing, those who played the “Chickenhawk” and Starship Trooper-esque “Absolute Moral Authority” cards earlier in the decade have absolutely no problem hitting the CNTRL-ALT-DEL buttons on their consciences when the need suits them.
Much more recently, Howard Dean claimed, “I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy.”
Physician, heal thyself:
“The real issue is this,” Dean said in March 2004, when endorsing formal rival Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., “Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?”
McCain, by the way, has been awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
(Via Hot Air, who dubs hypocritical Howard the quote of the day, and with good reason.)