STRAIGHT TALKIN’ JOHN….In the past, campaign finance reform has been spearheaded by four men: John McCain, Russ Feingold, Martin Meehan, and Christopher Shays. Suddenly, one of them is missing in action:

On Wednesday, [Feingold, Meehan, and Shays] introduced a bill to revive the crumbling system for public financing of presidential campaigns. The bill is largely identical to a measure all four men introduced in 2003, but this time around Mr. McCain is not on board.

A spokeswoman for Mr. McCain, Eileen McMenamin, did not return calls seeking comment for this article, but several people involved in discussions about the legislation said the senator’s absence was related to his widely expected bid for the presidency in 2008.

Can we start keeping score on the number of positions that Mr. Straight Talk has abandoned now that he thinks he has a serious shot at the presidency? First there was his pandering to Jerry Falwell, then his cave-in on torture (see here and here), and now this. And the election is still two years away. Which position do you think he’ll throw overboard next?

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