What About John (McCain)?

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At a time when most of the American public is veering towards isolationism, not wanting to get involved in any more distant wars, Senator John McCain wears his neoconservative values like his Medal of Honor. Does the 2008 Presidential candidate still have a place in Washington?
John McCain doesn’t like the Tea Party, which may seem ironic seeing as he introduced the world to one of the movement’s pioneers, Sarah Palin. Indeed, one of the Republican Party’s most prominent junior senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, has stated, “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Sarah Palin.” Now, however, Ted Cruz is one of several vocal Republicans that McCain has referred to as “wacko birds” and, while McCain still refrains from criticizing his former Alaskan running mate, the two often find their views on what the future of America should look like diametrically opposed.
On Syria, McCain seemed to be one of the few Republicans who wholeheartedly supported the rebels, despite the fact that a very large number of those fighting Bashar al-Assad were fundamentalist Muslims not so different from Al-Qaeda–a group McCain pledged to pursue to the “gates of hell” in 2007. In a surprising September 2013 interview on Fox News, McCain defended a video of Syrian rebels shouting “Allahu Akbar”, claiming that the battle cry, which literally means ‘God is great’ or ‘God is the greatest’, was the same as Christians saying “Thank God!” On the other hand, Sarah Palin, in response to the Syria conflict, wrote a Facebook post entitled “let Allah sort it out”.
Indeed, unlike John McCain, most conservatives today are not too keen on seeing America embroiled in the politics of some far-flung world region. McCain’s most recent appearance in Ukraine, which has been subject to mass protests since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an agreement with the European Union, shows the senator’s apparent Cold War mentality. In the occupied main square of Kiev, the country’s capital, McCain took a public jab at Russia, stating “the destiny you seek lies in Europe” (in other words, in the West and not with Russia.) He even warned those listening that the U.S. could take “concrete action” against Yanukovych’s government if any efforts were made to take back the public space and buildings that protestors have been occupying for weeks.
Well-worn East vs. West remarks such as these are not only out of line with geopolitical realities (Ukraine is a country that is very attached to both Western Europe and Russia), but is also out of line with the kind of foreign policy that most Americans want. The U.S. is currently directly engaged in two wars that cost billions of dollars our country does not have. Most conservatives would probably prefer that the U.S. concentrate on creating jobs rather than using money borrowed from the Chinese to maintain futile campaigns in the Middle East. According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, the three most important issues to Republican voters are the economy, the federal budget deficit, and unemployment in that order.
In a recent New York Times Magazine article on McCain, the war veteran admits to questioning whether he is too old for the Senate, and whether he is out of line with the dominant currents among today’s conservative voters. There is no doubt that John McCain is still a leader in the Republican Party, though perhaps not the ‘maverick’ he once billed himself as. The real question is, as McCain declares war on Tea Party Republicans like Ted Cruz, who is likely to win?

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  1. Liberty49 says:

    McCain has NO PLACE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! He is an embarassment to the oath he took as a U.S. Senator and the trust he broke with the American people. I truly believe he is in the early stages of dementia. He is rich enough, why doesn't he just gracefully GO AWAY!

    • Anonymous says:

      He's an embarrassment to his own family, his state, and to his country. The idiot needs to be gone ASAP He's just a two faced lying POS who changes his views according to his pocket. He was never for the people. He lies and has lied just like most politicians have to get elected.

      • Edwardkoziol says:

        Anonymous remember McCains daughter that fat ass is worse then him and the little cong he adopted will never be embarrassed

  2. As a Navy Viet Nam vet I had great respect for McCain– not for a long time now– John has gone from
    a hero to a zero! McCain seems to be pretty much against everything that this country stood for and
    made it the greatest free nation in the world. All for politics — McCain is little more than a "BLIVET" Now —
    That`s an old Navy term he should know — something about ten pounds of "crap" in a five pound bag!

    • See comment below. It appears that McCain's actual record was covered up and that he was a "collaborator" while a POW.

  3. Wiseoldlady says:

    He needs to be replaced…he is a liberal incognito. He too would have been a terrible president.

  4. McCain is NOT a "conservative" NOR is he a man for the "people". I have information derived from a source whose father was was "black" ops in Vietnam and in a position to know and who told his son that it was well known that McCain was actually a "collaborator" when he was a prisoner of war and not at all what he claimed to be.

  5. Edwardkoziol says:

    John McCain the songbird of the Hanoi Hilton is an embarrassment to the republican party and every true American living and dead.He should retire and fade into the desert of Arizona and live out his days with his mouth taped shut and his trophy wife.This man is another Arlen Specter a democrap in republican clothing there is nothing he wouldn't do for CHunky Schumer.

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