A rhetorical question; who does John McCain hate more, Barrack Obama or Donald Trump?
I assume that leftist blogs are the same way, but whenever I visit right leaning blogs I get the feeling that I am being directed to look at a particular issue a certain way. Being contrary be nature, I bristle when manipulated down the primrose path when all other alternatives are discounted and dismissed. The obviousness of the situation and resulting echo chamber comments that follow demand a closer more thorough approach.
John McCain has been all over the news of late; mostly of his own making, his bitterness that events did not go as planned, mortality staring him in the face and his scramble to re write history more favorable to his reputation, and a plaint media who couldn’t care less about McCain but love to stick it to the president.
Most of the right leaning blogs paints him as blight on humanity, a decrepit shell of a man too self-absorbed to die gracefully, and too bitter at events to take proper reflection of his life. The left love him for one reason only, he does not like Donald Trump (how easy it is to join their TDS club). That and he did not get in the way of their beloved Barrack Obama.
The lead off question was obviously not difficult at all. Despite losing to Obama, and despite Obama humiliating him at the healthcare summit;
McCain hates Trump, and for good reason. Trump has called him a dummy and a loser, has maligned his naval service and questioned the “war hero” moniker because he was captured, and questioned his conservative bonfides (who hasn’t?). McCain derailed the skinny Obamacare reform legislation which his best buddy co-authored, I guess he hates Trump more than he loves Graham.
McCain knew that when he passes Trump wouldn’t attend. He missed Barbara Bush’s funeral because the Bush boys would kick his ass, it would take all of them to do it. So it goes to reason that he would miss McCain’s as well. No matter, John made a big deal out of publicly banning Trump from his funeral.
I won’t go much in to the stupid Kelly Sadler controversy, what a bag of nothing that is. Of course the media won’t let it go, anything to stick it to Trump, how noble they all are.
Much like Hillary, with Obama and Kerry’s books coming next, McCain wrote a book trying to rehabilitate his reputation. We come to find out it was he who first laid hands on the Steele Dossier and gave it to Comey back in November 2016. He tries to make himself all noble by having concerns about Russian interference so when it was given to him by another UK official with the clear warning that it was raw, unverified and unsubstantiated, his hatred of all things Trump lead him to turn it over to Comey, just in case.
Also in the book he kicks Sarah Palin in the stomach by saying he made a mistake in selecting her as VP, like she had anything to do with his loss. He was worse than Hillary at campaigning. McCain was no conservative, so choosing Palin got him a lot of votes. Palin has always been gracious to McCain, too bad his need to make excuses for his defeat obviates him following suit.
It is clear to McCain that he will not recover, thus all the talk about who gets to come to his funeral. Yet, he still holds the Senate seat. McCain cannot do his job. He cannot vote on any issues since he is not in Washington. He does not resign and allow the Governor to nominate a replacement, why, because he hates Trump. With such a razor-thin majority in the Senate, even measures that require a simple majority are difficult. The combination of Trump being bombastic and prickly, and some prima donnas like Collins and Paul who have a distorted view of their own importance, that and a misguided messiah complex, has made getting anything done Herculean. Another “yes” vote would go far in advancing the Trump agenda, but McCain won’t budge, more moral failings on his part. He is not serving the people of his state or the people of the nation when he puts ego before duty, he is doing this in spades.
A quick note on his daughter. By all accounts John has been a good husband and a good father. Meghan is getting a lot of grief over her blind defense of her father. I say blind because she is asking what is unreasonable. I never fault a relative for sticking up for family. Much like Cindy Sheehan during the Bush gulf war, she was becoming a nuisance and an irritant but I always cut her slack because she lost a kid, no one should ever have to suffer that fate. Meghan is being a good daughter, leave her alone.
John has led a good life, he needs to exit with that same grace and honor that exemplified his life. I respect his naval service and acknowledge the rough times he weathered as a POW. I think he tried to serve the good folks of Arizona as best he could, no shame in that. I wish he was less bitter about the past and less resolute in trying to explain away or right certain wrongs he feels he has endured. He has the love of his family and the respect of most Americans, which should be good enough. I hope he does not suffer and pray for his family. He should not be used as a cudgel to beat the president with or maligned by the GOP’ers who wishes he would just shut up and die. He is a good man and should be remembered as such.