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Published On: Tue, Apr 27th, 2010

Where’ve Gone John McCain?

Whatever happened to John McCain, you know the guy who ran for President of the United States, yes those United States? This article could spiral downwards with the “old” jokes we dump on anyone over 60. Like “John McCain is so old he invented plumbing” or “John McCain is so old his Secret Service codename is The Clapper.” No I won’t stoop to such banal and easy silliness, I have too much class. What I am interested in doing is finding out if I should put his face on a milk carton or are his principles in an undisclosed location? Because what I see and hear is not the John McCain I remember.

Senator John Mc Cain (R-AZ)

He has started down that slippery slope of re-inventing himself and finding it is a cliff. What has happened is that his opponent in the ’08 contest has soared and he has slowly become more and more irrelevant and confusing. I wonder if it has anything to do with his senate challenge in “papers-please” Arizona. Senator McCain is on the verge of being ousted in his party’s primary election in Arizona this August. McCain is facing a serious challenge from a former talk-show host, JD Hayworth, who charges that McCain is not conservative enough to represent the Grand Canyon state.

If this is true then it makes a little more sense when I read he changes his mind on things then doesn’t remember he has changed his mind on things. How can some one who so despised the far right wing fringe of the Republican Party try and play nice with them? He is revising himself on a whole raft of measures and probably not doing himself any favors. He rejects the idea that he was ever an independent “maverick.”

He has changed his positions on “Don’t ask don’t tell” on the redistribution of wealth and embracing of right wing political figures he had denounced. And more recently he has changed his stand on the Arizona SB 1079, the new anti-Hispanic-anti-immigration bill recently signed into law.

I miss the old (no pun intended) John McCain, the man with the envious service record in the US military, and the guy who served so well for the good of the people of Arizona. More often than not, he was a voice of reason across the party dividing line. I don’t like the new ultra-conservative McCain. It doesn’t fit well. Even the little tantrum he pulled after the health care debate where he told the senate, the President Obama could not count on any Republican co-operation for the rest of the year, gave a glimpse into how deeply he must have smarted from the Presidential campaign.

He must be hearing footsteps since ’08. His political blunders during that historic campaign must still be stuck in his craw like in a world of what could have beens. Down deep he must be kicking himself for allowing his handlers to choose an un-vetted, light weight vice-presidential candidate like Sarah Palin who has since been the Tea Party darling. He must be shaking his head wishing he could take back his statement that the economic foundation was sound while Obama was on top of the financial crisis. His public discourse has changed and sharpened to a screech echoing with most of the Party of No’s members. He seems lost and with the Arizona primary just around the corner, it looks like he may lose. I hope he can rediscover himself as the genial, level-headed person we have known from time to time. Even if he loses to Hayworth and can say to himself, I was honest, that would be a great sendoff for a great career. He could leave head held high and as authentic as hell.

And so it goes….


About the Author

- A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... Many, many years in the classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in the Czech Republic

  • love spells

    Did you see O’Reilly last night?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bogsider Paul Joseph Hanley

    you are spot on about the differences in semantics and about when the gov needs to act.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bogsider Paul Joseph Hanley

    I am no position to impose anything nor do I want to. I believe compassion is demonstrated by action otherwise it is pity. The constitution is a social justice document. Plain and simple. In spite of what Beck says, social justice does not find its roots in communism it finds its roots in the compassionate hearts of patriots who wanted to create a better life and society for generations of Americans. Government does have a role to play in our safety, our health and welfare, and to see that the laws, as best they can, are equally applied so that the pursuit of happiness can continue. Our representative democracy is very messy and great mistakes have been and probably will be made, but it is our mess and so far I haven’t found anything better to take its place. And when I see in-justice I will continue to speak out about it as I hope you will as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531961107 Larry Tomassini

    You have a right to your opinion, but that doesn’t mean that you can impose your opinion on everyone else, nor be the chief judge of who is compassionate and who is not. This idea of social justice is not in our constitution, so it is something that people of certain persuasions have made up based on their own sense of priorities. I didn’t say that we should lack compassion, just that those who are called “compassionate conservatives” are not necessarily more compassionate. In my view, that label is used as an excuse for those who lack solid conservative principles in the first place. I believe that we do have individual responsibilities to assist the needy, but I don’t believe that this is the government’s role, lest it become (as it has I fear) a convoluted excuse for power grabs in the name of justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531961107 Larry Tomassini

    We aren't going to agree on this topic. Perhaps these are mostly semantic differences, but I really think biggest differences come from different philosophies about how our principles are implemented. Yes, we need government to act where only government can provide solutions. I, for one, think that the federal government intervention should be the last resort, not the first. These days, in my view, it is the opposite and certainly not because the majority of the people want it that way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bogsider Paul Joseph Hanley

    I think you have them spineless folks mixed up with the Dems. I believe as Americans we have a collective responsibility to help those who need our help, whether it be through out right charity or laws that level the playing field for all. A person without compassion has no soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bogsider Paul Joseph Hanley

    I think you have those spineless folks mixed up with the Dems. Americans can (and have) a responsibility to help those who need help themselves by creating laws that grant equality. A person without compassion has no soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531961107 Larry Tomassini

    “Compassionate conservatives” are those without a spine. We have too many spineless politicians in DC as it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531961107 Larry Tomassini

    McCain should be put out to pasture with his “soaring” former opponent. JDH would make a great Senator, as he was in the Congress (before his talk show).

    • http://www.jesusismybuddy.com the doctor

      Great Senator? I wonder. check out his voting record. Anti-civil rights (making the Patriot Act permanent, constitutional amendment against flag burning. against gay adoptions in Washington) Pro-Big business (giving huge tax breaks to corporations for exports) On Crime: anti-rehab toward crime (against habeas corpus in death penalty appeals, more sentencing for juvenile crime, against funding for alternative sentencing instead of prison) against public education, pro big oil, anti-environment, etc etc etc…yes a conservative but by no means a compassionate one.