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Taking Cheap Shots at the Tea Party

[ 30 ] July 27, 2011 |

John McCain, letting his “maverick” out, in response to Tea Partiers who believe that the Democrats and Obama would get the full blame for a default:

By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.


But They’re Lovable! And Important! And Should be on Sunday Talk Shows!

[ 17 ] May 6, 2011 |


John McCain and Joe Lieberman have been intertwined a lot over the last few years and here’s another place where they share company- they are two of the three least popular out of the 81 sitting Senators PPP has done approval polls on since the beginning of 2010. McCain’s approval rating is only 34% with 53% of voters disapproving of him. That makes him the third least popular. Lieberman is the least popular and John Ensign is the second least popular.

Lieberman and McCain have the same problem- they’re not very popular with their party base but no one else likes them either. Only 44% of Republicans approve of McCain to 40% who disapprove and his spread is only 31/58 with independents and 23/67 with Democrats. There are other ‘maverick’ Senators who are not all that popular within their own parties- the Olympia Snowes and Susan Collins’ and Lindsey Grahams of the world- but they make up for it with good numbers from independents and Democrats. McCain and Lieberman’s actions have just caused pretty much everyone to dislike them.

Nevertheless, both McCain and Lieberman are very serious and important and serious voices who deserve to be wildly over-represented on the TV. Via Marcy Wheeler…

Your Liberal Media

[ 0 ] February 27, 2011 |

Heavily tilted towards the Republicans, despite Democratic control of the White House and Senate. And the media’s crush on President John McCain continues despite his rejection by the electorate — not surprisingly, he’ll be yelling at clouds on two different shows.

Right. “Pretending.”

[ 30 ] December 19, 2010 |

His column is very good and properly criticial, but there’s still something amusingly I-can’t-quit-you about this bit from Joe Klein’s postmature farewell to his admiration for McCain:

Two of the bills original sponsors, John McCain and Orrin Hatch, voted against the bill…and one wonders why, especially in McCain’s case, given the fact that he recently won reelection and doesn’t have to pretend to be a troglodyte anymore.

Continuing to believe that deep, deep down McCain is really a principled moderate at this late date is about as sensible as believing in Ralph Ciferetto as a life partner.

Tracee: What should I do? He acts like he doesn’t give a shit.
Tony: You ever think he’s not acting?

It’s really way, way past time to stop pretending that there’s some decent, non-troglodyte McCain hidden deep inside. You are what your record says you are.

Benen has more.

“Dear Mr. President. Too Many Qualified People Want to Serve Our Country. Please Eliminate Some Based on my Bigotry. I am Not a Crackpot.”

[ 38 ] December 19, 2010 |

Predictably, but nonetheless amusingly, nominal supporter of gay and lesbian rights and very sincere utter Republican hack Glenn Reynolds asserts that the repeal of DADT — supported by every Demcorat who voted in the Senate and opposed by the vast majority of Republicans — was “bipartisan,” while the DADT policy was entirely the responsibility of Bill Clinton. Right. But, in fairness, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate supported progress, didn’t he? He certainly wouldn’t spend the historic the day in the Senate unleashing a bizarre, hateful series of angry non-sequiturs, would he?

Saturday’s debate on the repeal of the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy was only half an hour old when the Arizona Republican burst onto the floor from the cloakroom, hiked up his pants and stalked over to his friend Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Ignoring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who had the floor, McCain hectored the men noisily for a few moments, waving his arms for emphasis.

He bemoaned “this bizarro world that the majority leader has been carrying us in,” and taunted: “Maybe it will require another election.” The Arizonan suggested those who vote to repeal would have blood on their hands. “Don’t think that it won’t be at great cost,” he said, punctuating his words by bouncing on his toes and chopping with his left hand. It will “probably,” he said, “harm the battle effectiveness which is so vital to the survival of our young men and women in the military.”


The loss of Republican votes, no doubt, made McCain even angrier. When it came time for his closing argument before the day’s key vote, McCain spoke for only a few seconds: “Today’s a very sad day. The commandant of the United States Marine Corps says when your life hangs on the line, you don’t want anything distracting. . . . I don’t want to permit that opportunity to happen and I’ll tell you why. You go up to Bethesda Naval Hospital, Marines are up there with no legs, none. You’ve got Marines at Walter Reed with no limbs.”

What a bullet this country dodged in 2008. Frankly, I’m not sure he was even the best candidate on his party’s ticket at this point…

…Rumors that McCain’s speeches were written by Eric Alec “sometimes talent sees the next generation and runs away screaming” Rawls are unconfirmed at this time.

Oh, He’ll Find More

[ 4 ] December 2, 2010 |

Fred Kaplan is certainly right that McCain’s current excuses for flip-flopping on DADT have been exposed as the utter fraud they’ve obviously always been.    As to whether he’s run out of excuses, definitely not.   He never will.   For this great maverick, self-serving bullshit has always been an inexhaustible resource.

I’m still waiting for Godot the staunch champion of gay and lesbian rights that we “literalists” can’t see in McCain to emerge.

…see also.

Next Stop For The Straight Talk Express: Hateville

[ 4 ] October 18, 2010 |

Despite the staunch support for gay and lesbian rights that somehow must be lurking behind his relentlessly reactionary voting record, John McCain reasserts his determination to deploy counter-majoritarian tactics to ensure that that the highly unpopular and morally indefensible exclusion of gays and lesbians from the military:

When asked how far he would go to prevent an attempt to repeal the controversial policy from being approved in the upper congressional chamber, McCain responded by saying, “Absolutely I will filibuster or stop it from being brought up until we have a thorough and complete study on the effect of morale and battle effectiveness.”

The longtime senator said that it doesn’t matter to him that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen have both voiced support for stopping the enforcement of the ban on gay troops.

However, back in 2006 McCain communicated a distinctly different stance on the issue when he said, “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.”

It should be added at this point that the primary is over. In some sense, seeing McCain as merely a hack politician (while certainly an improvement from the utterly embarrassing fawning-over he received from the press for decades) is too charitable. While he’s certainly a ruthless hack, he also has an extensive history of endorsing appalling positions absent any actual political necessity.

You Don’t?

[ 23 ] September 21, 2010 |

I agree with the point of his post — including his disagreement with the idea that it’s Obama’s fault if he can’t get fake-moderate Republican Senators he has no discernible leverage over to vote against the filibuster — but I think John is being too charitable here:

McCain, being all mavericky, has flip-flopped so many times I have no damned clue which way he will vote.

There’s a better chance that the Mariners and Pirates will meet in the World Series this year than McCain voting against a filibuster of DADT.   Apart from a brief period in which he was very mad at George W. Bush for denying him the presidential nomination to which he was entitled, he’s been an absolutely standard-issue Republican hack, and this issue certainly won’t be an exception.

OK, He Staunchly Supports Bigotry, But He’s So Mavericky About It

[ 2 ] September 21, 2010 |

Shorter John McCain, justifying leading the filibuster against the repeal of DADT: “It’s outrageous to use a defense appropriations bill to deal with matters pertaining to the American military.”

I don’t mean to shortchange his multi-leveled hackery:  I also enjoy his arguments about how outrageous it is to “force” legislators to take positions through the highly undemocratic procedure called “voting.”

I should say, however, that some journalists have gazed deeply into John McCain’s soul and informed us that despite his relentlessly reactionary record on such issues, in his heart he totally supports gay and lesbian rights. I’m sure this will be very reassuring to the gays and lesbians who will face discriminatory discharges or who will be denied the opportunity to serve their country.

“I Support the Concept of Evasive Wankery.”

[ 40 ] August 3, 2010 |

Beloved Maverick and Man of High Principle John McCain gives us some of the Straight Talk (TM) for which he is justly famed:

TPMDC asked, “Do you support the Minority Leader’s push for hearings into the repeal of birthright citizenship?”

“Sure, why not?” McCain said briefly.

“Do you support the idea itself?”

“I support the idea of having hearings,” McCain said.

“Do you have a problem with the 14th amendment?” another reporter asked.

“You’re changing the constitution of the United States,” McCain said. “I support the concept of holding hearings.”

“I support the concept of holding hearings,” McCain repeated, turning to the rail car conductor.

There really is a book to be written the dreams journalists spent a decade projecting onto this hack.


[ 17 ] May 25, 2010 |

It’s pathetic enough for the Deeply Principled John McStraightTalk to flip-flop on DATA. But it’s especially risible that he’s using the favorite new Republican form of evasion, “they’re ramming it through!

While it pales in importance next to the bungled coverage in the runup to the Iraq War, the creation of John McCain, Maverick (TM) in the 2000 campaign is about as egregious a case of media incompetence as one can imagine.

He’s Not Artistic, And He Has No Integrity

[ 2 ] April 21, 2010 |

The cottage industry of liberals who were convinced that John McCain’s brief fit of pique against George W. Bush reflected his Real Authentic Moderate Liberal self (I still think this installment of Jacob Weisberg’s McCain hagiography project is definitive) was an especially silly episode in our dubious political discourse. You’d think it would be over for good, but since it never made any sense to begin with, who knows?

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