This was not John McCain’s finest hour…

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.

This entry was posted in Foreign policy, Iraq, John McCain and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to This was not John McCain’s finest hour…

  1. Jacob says:

    The observations on McCain’s loss to Obama notwithstanding, he seems to me a man whose faculties are failing. I don’t say this to be cruel, but I’ve followed his career for years, and I used to have tremendous respect for him, but he seems to be going senile. I am not an ageist, but not everyone can be Frank Lautenberg. I think he should retire as soon as possible, hopefully taking the few shreds of dignity he has left.

  2. Robin says:

    I was thinking those thoughts as well. while I was reading the article above, I felt a subtle dementia coming on, but it could be early stages of Alzheimer’s. I do think it’s time for him to step down, he is making a fool of himself.

  3. Karen A Johnson says:

    Quite frequently Alzheimer’s disease isn’t diagnosed until a person is years into the syndrome. My husband had signs when he was 66, and he wasn’t diagnosed until he was 75 (and died 10 years after that).

    McCain is 72. He had questionable judgement in 2008 when he chose Sarah Palin, and when he suspended his campaign in September and ran around like a chicken with its head cut off during the Wall Street collapse. It’s 5 years later.

    What else can we surmise, but that he’s in the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s? The stage where his caregiver should seriously consider antipsychotic and antidepressant medications…

  4. Karen A Johnson says:

    Amend the above. John McCain is now 76 years old. He was 72 in 2008.

    That’s even worse. He’s past due for his meds.

  5. TNew says:

    This is such a good account of McCain’s recent foolishness. Alzheimer’s? Makes you wonder. I always felt he is trying to be “president-in-shadow” ever since he lost to Prez Obama. Every time he comments on tv or at a hearing he sounds like a fool. I think he is just an old angry man trying to stay relevant and keep a paycheck coming.

  6. j says:

    Since his fail in the election against Obama he is filled with an irrational hatred,
    he tries to get on every Sunday show to spout his hateful rhetoric, I agree it is past time for him to retire, he is no use to anyone and shame on Lindsay Graham for aiding and abetting him, Lindsay Graham is a spineless idiot who will do whatever McCain bids him to.

  7. joe common says:

    john mccain is a perpetually consistent loser with a chip on his shoulder bigger than the tree it’s from. first he loses a presidential bid to a lying fraud who accused him of not being a racist or a good parent by someone in his own party. next he allows himself to get stuck with an airhead for a veep. then he gets beat by… “a black guy”. then, having already suggested that Chuck Hagel be his SecDef, has the credit for recognizing Chuck taken by now President Obama and – having been a brother in arms during vietnam (a most horrible illegal war and hell on earth losing 35 americans a day for 4 years straight) has to politically oppose him but does so by attempting to shame Chuck Hagel – an American hero and one of us. Then, in the face of differences with Chuck Hagel, mccain’s bad dicisions regarding iraq beemed like the moon – another big loss. And to top it all off, Chuck Hagel – an American hero and an enlisted man – is about to be promoted to a position above mccain. too much for mccain to swallow and the weight of all these losses is cruching him.

  8. ceci says:

    Well articulated, Ms. Reid. Ditto your commentary on Hardball concerning Hagel hearing and McCain’s transparent motives to destroy Sen. Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary. i don’t believe McCain is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s but rather that he has become an embittered man consumed by envy and hate -an unfulfilled sense of entitlement re. presidency and no legacy whatsoever.

    Congratulations on your award. You should have your own show on MSNBC.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>