Senator McCain came to the Senate hearings to bury his former friend and brother in arms Chuck Hagel, and to demand that Hagel bow down before the awesomeness of McCain’s beloved Iraq “surge.” And in so doing, he further buried his own legacy. What a shame to see a man’s career descend so completely into incoherent, angry drek. First the Iraq war itself, then Sarah Palin, then his run to the right (“build the dang fence!” and “what immigration reform???” (Joe Klein’s 2010 McCain takedown still applies)… and now this:
John McCain has become a caricature. It might be time for the old man to retire. BTW John Soltz has an epic column on the whole debacle at the Huffpo.
You know what? That Klein blammo is worth posting again, because it describes John McCain more precisely, and more exquisitely, than anything I’ve read about the man. Here it is, in case you’re too busy to click the link:
I used to know a different John McCain, the guy who proposed comprehensive immigration reform with Ted Kennedy, the guy–a conservative, to be sure, but an honorable one–who refused to indulge in the hateful strictures of his party’s extremists. His public fall has been spectacular, a consequence of politics–he “needed” to be reelected–and personal pique. He’s a bitter man now, who can barely tolerate the fact that he lost to Barack Obama. But he lost for an obvious reason: his campaign proved him to be puerile and feckless, a politician who panicked when the heat was on during the financial collapse, a trigger-happy gambler who chose an incompetent for his vice president. He has made quite a show ever since of demonstrating his petulance and lack of grace.
What a guy.
Thank you Joe. That was certainly worth your getting banned from the McCain plane over.