Thomas Friedman adds a question to the long list of pointed questions mainstream reporters insist on not asking John McCain. (My phrasing, not Friedman’s.)
How can you run energy-policy campaign ads featuring windmills when you’ve missed eight straight chances to show up and vote for the tax credit that keeps the wind-power industry in business?
The background: The tax credit expires at the end of the year, and the Republicans are filibustering against extending it. McCain wouldn’t even show up to vote when he was actually sitting in his Senate office; since cloture takes sixty votes, not showing up is effectively voting “No.”
The conclusion: McCain’s support for wind power is just … well, wind. Talk is cheap.