The Mack is Back! He's not content with riding off into the sunset as a good old Arizona Maverick is supposed to do. John McCain has all of a sudden become the harshest critic of the Obama administration, and the Democrat spending bill. And he's got the credibility to back it up, for immediately after the election McCain pledged to work with Obama. He even promised to represent his interests to a large extent on Capitol Hill. But in less than two months, he's made a complete turn-around.
Here's a portion of the strongly worded and cleverly snide statement he released on the "Stimulus" from the Arizona Silver Belt, Feb. 18:
Unfortunately, this measure is not bipartisan, contains much that is not stimulative, and is nothing short of generational theft.But that's not all. It's not just on the Budget Battle McCain is scoring points with the Right. He just bitchslapped Barbara Walters and the "Gals" at The View. Yahoo News is reporting:
Every Republican, for that matter, every Senator here, wants a reasonable, workable stimulus bill that will help turn our economy around and put people to work. That is why 40 Republican Senators voted for an alternative that sought to fix our housing crisis; invest in our nation's infrastructure through effective and restrained spending; put money immediately back into the hands of all Americans through a payroll tax holiday; allow businesses to keep more of their profits to hire new employees, invest in capital or expand their business; finally begin focusing our attention on entitlement reforms, and then, most importantly, put a halt to the spending once our economy turns around. And, the total cost of our alternative proposal was about half the cost of this conference report.
I applaud the majority party for this victory today. They have with blunt political strength and in the guise of stimulating the economy pushed through their own political priorities, not those of the American people. Speaker Pelosi said, “We won. We write the bill.” And that she and other Democrats did.
John McCain's appearance on "The View" last September was one of the more interesting moments from the presidential campaign. Throughout the interview, the Republican candidate was asked why he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. During the broadcast, McCain seemed to be in good spirits, but that may have been an act. Apparently, the Arizona senator is holding a grudge.Although castigated by many on the Right for being a "compromiser," McCain actually has a lifetime ACU score of 82, quite respectable. And his ratings on much tougher libertarian indexes have been good over the years, as well. In fact, McCain was rated as the "most libertarian Senator" one year in the 1990s, by the Republican Liberty Caucus index of Congress.
Various sources within the Buzz, including Portfolio, are reporting that Barbara Walters saw Sen. McCain at a Washington event. During the encounter, Walters expressed hope that the senator would return to her daytime TV show. McCain promptly shot her down. Quoth the senator: "Not anytime soon." Such an obvious diss should give the ladies something to gab about for a few months.
Immediately after his loss for the Presidency, there had been some talk of a GOP primary challenge from the Right to McCain for 2010. His recent swing back Right, will no doubt lessen any enthusiasm for such a challenge.