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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Resurgence of John McCain: Hammers Obama on spending bill, makes wise crack on Pelosi, and rebuffs The View's Barbara Walters

by Eric Dondero

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.

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.
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:

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.

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.
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.

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.

38 comments:

The Ghost Of Barry Goldwater said...

Dear God you must be kidding.

This is the same McCain that supported TARP, a/k/a the crap sandwich bailout, so much that he pretended to suspend his campaign so he could fly back to Washington to work for it's passage.

The guy's a fraud who's been in the Senate way too long.

It's an embarrassment that he succeeded me.

Eric Dondero said...

Platitudes aside Ghost, than how do you explain his HEROIC!!! diss of Bitch Barbara Walters?

McCain deserves lifetime libertarian credentials on that alone.

THANK YOU JOHN MCCAIN FOR TELLING THAT COMMIE BITCH WALTERS TO FUCK OFF AND DIE!!!

The Ghost Of Barry Goldwater said...

It would have been better if he'd told George Bush and Henry Paulson to Fuck off and Die back in September.

When it actually matters.

Who cares if he goes on some chick show that nobody watches and says something to a washed up news reporter.

The Right Guy said...

THe wrong guy and the wrong time, for us at least. May be he'll rush back to Washington to save the day again. like I have said before, it's almost as if he threw the race. If you take a step back, ha made so many mistakes that he would have done better with Bob Schrum running his campaign. The only person to come out it for the better is Palin.

Valerie said...

I'm betting dollars to donuts that if McCain showed his "libertarian streak" during the campaign, and voted nay on the bailout, he would have swung the election in his favor and he would be president today.

Rich in Medina said...

Agree with Valerie..that was a THE missed opportunity of the campaign and proof that McCain is far from a Libertarian.

The Ghost Of Barry Goldwater said...

I'm betting dollars to donuts that if McCain showed his "libertarian streak" during the campaign, and voted nay on the bailout, he would have swung the election in his favor and he would be president today.

Perhaps, but it would've been entirely out of character for him.

But, yes, his support for TARP was one of the many reasons he deserved to lose

McCain is barely a conservative, let's not pretend he's any kind of libertarian

The Right Guy said...

The only way McCain could have won is if Hillary ran as a third party. People were tired of Bush and the Republicans and instead chose to cut off their nose to spite their face.

bitterclinger said...

McSame? You can have him. I hope a true conservative or libertarian wipes the floor with him in 2010. So he shows a little P%SS and vinegar to some dingbat with a speech impediment -- big whoop. If you noticed, in that first View interview where clips were played everywhere, Walters wouldn't even LOOK at him. She stared at the floor, much like Charlie Gibson couldn't bear to casthis eyes on Sarah Palin.

And what a coinky dink that he starts to act like he's got commonsense when he just launched his re-election campaign. I hope he LOSES IN A LANDSLIDE. Once a weasel always a weasel.

Rae said...

McCain deserves lifetime libertarian credentials on that alone.

Stop it, Eric.

...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."

Miller rightly pointed out that they treated Blago better than McCain.

And I totally agree with Miller about my man Blago.

Elmer said...

McCain is a expienced pol. He knows he doesn't have a base anymore. So what does he do? Go out and try to get one by saying the things he thinks his old base would want to hear. Until, he sees a chance to better himself by stabbing them in the back.

Alex said...

My god you people are so negative? Do you all see life as "a cup half empty"? Realists know how to take something good when it's offered. Anything else is mindless ideology.

Elmer said...

Seeing the truth that the man is untrustworthy on his positions is not negative. It is the truth.

Realists (as in people who can see and accept the truth not the current defintion, as well, Liberal) is not mindless ideology. It is accepting the truth that McCain is not the guy he claims to be.

I didn't really like Bush (cept the war on terror) but when he said something I could make my plans on his words. McCain does not have that trust. Do you truely trust anything McCain says?

It is time for McCain to go and bring in some new blood.

Alex said...

>>Seeing the truth that the man is untrustworthy on his positions is not negative. It is the truth.<<

How is he 100% untrustworthy is he has a lifetime 82 rating?

>>Realists (as in people who can see and accept the truth not the current defintion, as well, Liberal) is not mindless ideology. It is accepting the truth that McCain is not the guy he claims to be.<<<

Who does he claim to be? He mostly claims to be a realist.

>>>I didn't really like Bush (cept the war on terror) but when he said something I could make my plans on his words. McCain does not have that trust. Do you truely trust anything McCain says? <<<

Sure you can trust McCain some of the time based on his history. You make it out to be that the guy is a pathological liar.

>>>It is time for McCain to go and bring in some new blood.<<<

The voters of Arizona disagree with you.

bint alshamsa said...

Alex,

The voters of Arizona disagree with you.

The voters of the United States agree with him, though. If folks liked what McCain really stood for, he'd be in the White House now instead of doing interviews on The View.

Alex said...

bint - I didn't mention the national election, why did you? Unless you have a pathological need to insert snarky comments.

The Right Guy said...

Rae:
Blago is a dirtbag, and a nut.

AnnieMcPhee said...

Fuck John McCain. The guy spent decades doing nothing but trash-talking conservatism anc conservatives, as well as hamstringing them. Then it became clear he was the WORST possible candidate out of all the primary runners during the econonics debate - the WORST of them ALL. Including Huckabee and Romney. Then in his campaign, since he doesn't understand economics, he thought the mantra "Greed and Wall Street, Greed and Wall Street, Greed and Wall Street". Yeah, ok, asshole, THAT'S the answer. Dumbass. He ran as a liberal but nobody wanted a liberal Republican - not the Dims or the Repubs. "like I have said before, it's almost as if he threw the race." Yeah, no kidding.

Also, right in the beginning, he says "We all want a stimulus bill that will do this, that, and all the others" - well that just proves he's an economic fucking idiot and needs to disappear already.

I'm more impressed at Palin turning down Oprah's invite than McCain turning down The View - guy should never show his head again. If you really want someone to tell that leftist twunt Baba Wawa to go fuck herself, put her anywhere in my vicinity and you'll hear it proclaimed loud and clear, ringing from the damn rooftops. I wouldn't cross the street to meet her, and I wouldn't piss on her if she were afire. (I would piss on her if she weren't afire.)

AnnieMcPhee said...

That should read "he thought the mantra 'greed and Wall Street' was the answer, or meant anything."

The Right Guy said...

Elmer:
Should we trust what any modern politician says? 90% are snake oil salesmen and what I call gangsters. There's not a crusader among them.

The Right Guy said...

Bint:
What did McCain really stand for? Most republicans voted for Palin.

The Right Guy said...

Annie:
McCain stood in the middle of the road and got hit from both directions.

Eric Dondero said...

Boy Alex, I couldn't agree with you more. 95% of the posters here are "Glass Half empty-ers." Look you all, McCain is making an effort to reach out to the Right, and he's being quite heroic in it as well, particularly with the diss to Baba WaWa.

Can't you all see the good in that, instead of the constant cynicism?

Give the guy a break.

If someone reaches a hand out to you, the worst thing to do in politics is slap it away.

(BTW, I literally saw Ron Paul do this once. He actually slapped someone's hand away. A story I'll tell you all one day.)

Eric Dondero said...

Yes, Alex is right again.

The key phrase:

John McCain has a Lifetime ACU rating of 82%.

You cannot change that fundamental fact. Recall, ACU calls itself "conservative," but it's run by David Keene, who is much more of a libertarian - old friend going back to the 1960s of Dana Rohrabacher's.

If McCain had a Lifetime ACU of 72, maybe you could make the case that he's untrustworthy. But 82 is pretty goddamned good any way you slice the pie.

Eric Dondero said...

Notice none of you are commenting on his wisecrack on Pelosi.

C'mon you all. Diss McCain all you want, but you gotta admit he really smacked her upside the head with that one? A classic! Should be remembered for years.

Alex said...

Eric - I think the problem is too many people get caught up in their immediate feelings of anger/rage and forget the big picture. We don't need perfection out of our politicians, just something better then what we have now. If McCain is trying to improve the current dismal situation, kudos to him!

The Right Guy said...

Heroic? There's nothing heroic in what he does now. He has nothing on the line. Nothing of consequence. John's days of heroism are over.

The Right Guy said...

where were the McCain wisecracks during the election?

The Right Guy said...

The best way McCain can improve the situation is get out of the way. No one expects perfection, but I do expect more.

bint alshamsa said...

Alex,

bint - I didn't mention the national election, why did you?

If the voting patterns of Arizonans are relevant to this, than the voting patterns of all citizens of the United States are equally relevant.

Unless you have a pathological need to insert snarky comments.

It's no more snarky than your comment. In fact, it follows the exact same pattern. Were you under the impression that you had a copyright on snarkiness?

bint alshamsa said...

The Right Guy,

Should we trust what any modern politician says? 90% are snake oil salesmen and what I call gangsters. There's not a crusader among them.

Amen, brother.

What did McCain really stand for? Most republicans voted for Palin...McCain stood in the middle of the road and got hit from both directions.

If he had stood in the middle of the road, he might have won. Instead he kept waffling back and forth between both sides. My grandfather used to say "Piss or get off the pot". In other words, do what you came to do or don't come at all. McCain didn't even do what it took to run a successful campaign regardless of what he might have stood for. This guy just didn't have what it took and there's no evidence that has changed.

bitterclinger said...

Man, you glass-half-fullers are really gluttons for punishment. Like the esteemed Dear Abbey used to say, "You're only a doormat if you allow people to treat you like one." McSame may as well have been dead in this last election. Reaming out the NC GOP for running an ad on Jeremiah Wright? Not bringing up Hussein's middle name? What a wuss. Sarah Palin was/is more of a man than McSame any day of the week.

ccoffer said...

Name the superior Republican candidate. I really want to know who the Republican shoe-in was. Who was this runaway winner whom John McClain supplanted?

Romney? Hucklebee? Fred Thompson?

Really? Who was this magical alternative? The sad fact is, McCain was the best candidate the republicans had. The democrats had a brown-colored sock-puppet, but that's all they needed.

Blaming your team only helps your enemies.

bint alshamsa said...

Cchoad,

Blaming your team only helps your enemies.

Or it could help you figure out what your team did wrong so that you can improve instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I guess that part never occurred to you.

wv: pasts

AnnieMcPhee said...

Ccoffer; I think it was all but inevitable that a Dim was going to win this election. 8 years is par for the course unless you do something REALLY great like a Reagan. After that, the sheeple are mad at "the man" and want a change - any change.

So in that sense it's not McCain's fault that Obi-wan Jugears won. That doesn't make McCain any less of an asshole, though.

I stopped watching the primary debates after the economics one, but McCain was by far the worst, and Fred Thompson was head and shoulders above the rest economically, and the only one who had a real grasp on the subject - not to mention the only one who had a clue what the proper sphere of government was, and answered questions accordingly. Followed by a distant second Giuliani, who unfortunately got too many of the answers right for the wrong reasons.

McCain was the worst, most liberal possible candidate out of the entire group - the one who caused me to say, "Damn, I'd vote for ANY of these men over ANY of the Dims, no question...unless it's McCain." McCain spent his years as a gadfly against Repubs; that's how he wanted it. Frankly Palin has a propensity to do the same, but she's got so many other excellent qualities (and time to learn) that I'm waiting to see more from her.

At any rate, it was EXTREMELY unlikely that ANY Republican nominee could have pulled off a win here. 8 years if you're lucky.

HOWEVER, if there is going to be any chance of pulling a conservative renaissance out of the toilet bowl of the Obama debacle and depression, it WILL take a very strong conservative/libertarian - it is NOT going to be someone like McCain in any way, I can assure you that much. It's going to absolutely take someone who stands REALLY strongly for slashing taxes, slashing spending, and letting the economy recover (instead of trying to MAKE it recover). Frankly my money's still on Fred.

ccoffer said...

McCain was Bob Dole all over again. Republicans have to run on the way right to win national elections. There has been no exception to that.

McCain isn't a bad guy, per se, but he didn't fit the model of a winning republican candidate...thus, he didn't win.

Rae said...

Rae:
Blago is a dirtbag, and a nut.


So, how does that make him different from most pols?

At least this one recites poetry!

TCO said...

He's a moron. He had a chance to be against bailouts and he blew it. Not only did he blow it but he was a deer in the headlights. He was bottom of his class at Navy. He's a Daddy's boy and not bright.

You change the title of your blog to RINO.