In 2003, Senator John McCain introduced legislation banning all gambling on amateur sports. On his website at the time, he stated:

By allowing betting in any state, we send a confusing message to our youth as to whether gambling on amateur athletics is, in fact, legal or illegal. I believe this ban will send a clear message that gambling on amateur athletics is wrong.

Fast forward to the present to find, on the website for his presidential campaign, McCain has filled out a March Madness bracket and encouraged others to do the same for the chance to win prizes!

True, entrants don’t have to wager anything, but isn’t McCain encouraging exactly the kind of message he has denounced? Or has he simply decided that, with millions of Americans taking part in March Madness office pools without the nation falling apart, it’s better to go along?

Talk about mixed messages.