Usually when we ask that question, it means a good thing. It means someone has gone from being addicted to one vice or the other, and has changed their life around. Unfortunately, that's not true for McCain. While McCain once had the respect and admiration of a broad spectrum of Americans, that sadly is quickly disappearing. I know, who am I to make such a statement? I obviously don't like McCain and so I will do whatever I can to make sure he is not elected. But don't take it from me. Listen to what just three prominent conservatives have said:
"He is not the McCain I endorsed.He keeps saying, 'Who is Barack Obama?' I would ask the question, 'Who is John McCain?' because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me."
That's the former Republican Governor of Michigan, William Milliken.
"That's not my kind of Republicanism."
That's former Republican Senator, Lincoln Chafee.
And if I were to ask most students of political history who is most responsible for the modern conservative movement, the name you might hear the most often is William F. Buckley Jr. His son, Christopher Buckley inherited the same politics from his father. Christopher Buckly has known McCain for nearly three decades and even wrote a speech for him. So this is what Buckley said:
"John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?"
By the way, Buckley just endorsed Obama.