- John McCain took an idiotic and offensive stand for the purposes of political expediency.
- John McCain pretended to believe in this thing but secretly didn't, or maybe vice versa.
- John McCain felt the need to then secretly apologize for this to his best buddies in the press.
- They felt his apology to them was more sincere than his stated stand to the idiot commoner voters.
- They probably felt the apology was as "honorable" as his "honorable" campaign.
- No one mentioned any of this until now, eight years later.
"Back in 2000, after John McCain lost his mostly honorable campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he went about apologizing to journalists—including me—for his most obvious mis-step: his support for keeping the confederate flag on the state house." That is Joe Klein, an exceptionally annoying Time columnist. He sorta gets why that is ridiculous, now, but in case he isn't all the way there, let's try to break it down for him: