I’ve not been particularly kind to Senator John McCain over the last couple of years. I was and am passionate about Barack Obama. My partisanship turned a corner into abject disgust of the Mav when he chose Sarah Palin to be potentially a heart beat away from the presidency. It was simply unconscionable patronizing to a voting segment, namely women and the crazy right.
One expected, in fact many expected, that John would return to himself after the election. Some said, that given the egregious nature of his campaign, they were not prepared to forgive and forget. Some wouldn’t buy the “shucks, it’s just the game of politics, you know me.”
Indeed, as the months roll by since the election, we waited for the old John to return, and we were sad to see that in part he was just plain pissy mean about losing. So be it. But, faced with a strong ultra right wing challenge to his Arizona seat, he has become even more ridiculous than he was during the presidential campaign.
Perhaps you might not believe me, but actually there was a time when I half admired the Mav. I thought him one of the few Republicans that I could almost agree with, and I agreed with him on a few issues. One of the ones I most admired was his brave stance on immigration reform. In that he worked with the lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy.
An excellent post over at HuffPo by Frank Sharry, documents some of this time from a personal prospective. He is utterly disillusioned by the, as he calls it, fall from grace of John Sydney. He ends by condemning John as failing to make himself believable to either side any more. He is a joke, and one that I would suggest needs to exit stage left, for good.
Arizona has passed the most racist of immigration law ever seen. It is so ugly as to be shocking to the sensibilities of normal human beings. It, as Sharry states, places a target on every Latino back. It jeopardizes the very jobs of law enforcement if any citizen complains that they failed to investigate any Latino. And John defends what he previously condemned as somehow okay now, since illegals are causing traffic accidents in Arizona!
This brings up an issue that needs be addressed. While arguably there have been persons in the history of America who were essential to her well-being, are there many? I would answer no. John McCain is certainly not one of them. We are functioning along without Senator Kennedy as well, and I would argue that he stands head and shoulders above the likes of Mr. McCain when it comes to integrity.
John’s silent excuse–I need to do whatever is necessary since I’m essential to a well functioning government, much better than my opponent for sure–doesn’t wash. He is not essential, he is not even, at this point, relevant. He is a crotchety elder who can’t get over that he’s been screwed twice, and both times, ultimately by his own party hacks.
Bush’s cadre of henchmen, led by Turd Blossom, worked him over in the primaries leading up to the 2000 election, by painting him as a philandering father of an illegitimate black baby. He was vilified by the religious right for not being crazy like them. And then in 2008, he is upended, or perhaps I should say dead ended, by a silly vacuous woman, never properly vetted, perhaps by design.
Well, that’s just too bad Johnny, shit happens. The fact that most of it occurs within your own party, is well, something you might have thought about. It does not entitle you to bounce every which way to please the voters, abandoning any realm of integrity, principle, or stand on the issues. You, sir, are not nearly so important as you think.
That is what seems to be amok our Congress today, dozens, perhaps hundreds, believing that America as we know it will cease to exist should they lose their seat. Losing an election doesn’t mean the other side is illegitimate, it merely means the other side won. You remember. You used to strut around reminding us of that fact for eight tortuous years.
Now, the continuation of civilization depends on John winning, at least as John sees it. Poppycock! Sad to say, the entire Congress could disappear tomorrow and we would muddle through until a new group wasp to speed. There are few giants around today of the likes of a Lincoln.
You sir, are called upon to actually govern while still seated. You are not called to simply oppose anything and everything from the other side as you have been doing, in some pathetic attempt to win the hearts and minds of people who are the lowest common denominator of human existence who happen to support such a law as Arizona has enacted.
Too bad Johnny, you who prize integrity and honor have lost all of that and then some. You have lost your place in history as one of the few who stood for doing what is right, regardless of label. You suck. And I hope you lose, though that means sadly that poor Cindy will probably be stuck with your mean-spirited presence more than she deserves. Her pained pinched face matches that of another Republican wife, spouse to one gone amok, Richard M. Nixon. Fine company Mav. Oh, but I hear you no longer believe you are such. Good luck there cypher of history.