Republican senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain's passing concession yesterday to Meet the Press host David Gregory that there is in fact a "war on women among Republicans" was the perfect springboard for MSNBC's Richard Lui to conduct a softball interview with former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt. Lui, substitute hosting the March 19 edition of Chris Jansing Reports, introduced the segment with the relevant clip of McCain, noting that the feminist author had gone "toe-to-toe" with McCain on social issues and that "this was a change."
Feldt enthused that she was happy to see the old John McCain back, recalling fondly that the first time she met the senator, his rhetoric was more socially liberal. "His instincts were to say women should have the right to make their own child-bearing decisions." That said, Feldt made sure to denounce McCain for having "a 100 percent anti-choice, anti-family planning voting record."