Want to see something that will further shake your faith in the integrity of politicians? Watch this:
Did you catch that? Arizona Senator, and King of Personal Peeve, John McCain, went on his new favorite channel, Fox News, and said something astonishing about he and his 39 Senate colleagues’ historically ugly move to block the confirmation of former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
Here’s what McCain told Neil Cavuto about the unprecedented filibuster of Hagel:
“To be honest with you, Neil, it goes back to– there’s a lot of ill will towards Senator Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly, at one point said he was the worst president since Herbert Hoover, said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which is nonsense, and was anti his own party and people,” McCain said.
“People don’t forget that,” McCain continued. “You can disagree, but if you’re disagreeable, people don’t forget that.”
Did you get that?
Hagel wasn’t held up for some important reason related to national security, or because he somehow, tangentially, ridiculously, had something to share on Benghazi that he wasn’t, or because of his finances (again unprecedented for a national security nominee) — or for any substantive reason. In fact, both McCain and his sidekick Lindsey Graham have admitted publicly that there will be the votes to move the nomination forward, and that in fact, they might vote for cloture. They’re only holding Hagel up to jam him over being mean to George W. Bush, for dissing the Iraq war, and for just generally not being nice.
That’s JOHN MCCAIN saying that. The same John McCain who after Dubya beat him (in the ugliest possible way) in the 2000 Republican primary, made it his personal mission to make Bush’s life miserable, often to the cheers of his former fans in the non-right wing media and the Democratic Party, and who is now doing the same thing to President Barack Obama, who beat him, too. The same John McCain who has made being unpleasant into an art form. And the same John McCain who turned bucking his party into a slogan — “Maverick!”
THAT John McCain is now lecturing his supposed friend Chuck Hagel on collegiality, and punishing him by dragging out his confirmation vote with an unnecessary, humiliating filibuster that sets a terrible precedent, and literally degrades the United States Senate.
John McCain should be ashamed of himself. But of course he won’t be. He’s John McCain.