Comments on: John McCain… http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:59:07 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 By: Micha Elyi http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-527140 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:04:49 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-527140 For those fretting that absent a filibuster nothing will stop Sen. Chuck “Cornhusker Kickback” Hagel (D-RINO) from being crowned Secretary of Defense, look at the history of presidential cabinet nominees. Next to none are filibustered. When their nominations fail, they’re given the thumbs down on a committee or floor vote, or withdraw themselves from consideration, or the President withdraws their nomination.

I think what’s happening right now is some Senators are preparing the media battlespace prior to the (now delayed) vote in Sen. Levin’s committee. Momentum is now checked, the nominee’s confirmation is no longer a slam-dunk. Hagel may still get confirmed but now the yeah votes are going to cost some Senators and President Obama a piece of their political capital, it’s not a gimmee anymore. And if momemtum begins moving solidly the other way then McCain and others can say they played ‘nice’, didn’t filibuster, and the vote to confirm failed on the merits – or would have but for the President (or Hagel) saving everybody the unpleasantness by backing away.

If the latter happens then who knows? Maybe Obama will tap Sen. McCain and raise the average level of personal integrity in both the Obama Administration and among Senate Republicans.

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By: Micha Elyi http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-527111 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 07:01:24 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-527111 If I were skeptical about human nature and ambition, I’d figure John McCain really, really wanted to make admiral like his dad (and granddad too, if I recall). But he couldn’t so he went into politics. Twice he ran for president; being C-in-C would put him higher up in stature than his dad. Maybe head of the Senate Armed Services committee would salve his ego too. Failing that, how about being kingmaker for a Sec Def?

If I were skeptical, of course.

I was hoping he would be defeated for re-election in a primary way back in 1998 (as he was seeking a third term in the Senate). He was bad news back then (as an earlier commenter mentioned, he had the Keating Five S&L fraud scandal taint – to mention just one example). Worse, he already had an advanced and severe case of I-Can-Be-President Disease (an occupational hazard of US Senators, many Representatives, and quite a few Governors).

John McCain has got to go. Trouble is, he’s got beau coup name recognition and a history of productive pork delivery. Beating him will take a lot of money and a strong candidate – someone strong enough to beat McCain and Sarah Palin simultaneously in a state that previously gave that seat to Barry Goldwater for a lifetime.

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By: holmes http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-525265 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:03:09 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-525265 There’s only so many times the R’s can play “obstructionist.” Yes, they’re stopping an incompetent boob, but I ask again, why bother if they’re not willing to leverage it for anything? If Hagel’s nomination meant a budget proposal, that would be one thing, but instead, it will just be defending the US and saving lives and no one is interested in that nonsense.

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By: thomass http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-525227 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:35:07 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-525227 “Perhaps he sees a chance to influence Hagel if Hagel wins the nomination? If so, that’s a case of hubris, IMHO.”

Heh; because that kind of thinking really paid off with the media and Latino voters last time he ran for president.

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By: IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States and some Canadian provinces http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-525212 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:27:10 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-525212 }}} John McCain…
}}} …just bein’ John McCain.

… a consummate ASS?
… a blatant RINO?
… an unprincipled ephwit?
… all the above?

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By: KLSmith http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-524655 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:04:09 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-524655 vanderleun: dude? retirement in Arizona is good enough. bet he’ll be there til he’s a 100, though.

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By: vanderleun http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-524637 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:43:29 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-524637 Perhaps it is time for a Kickstater fund to let McCain retire to the Hanoi Hilton once again.

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By: southpaw http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-524611 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 04:28:17 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-524611 NeoconScum – amen to that. I might add a few years ago he should have taken advantage of his resemblance to the villain Skeletor in the He Man movie.
Last week’s typical and familiar grandstanding in the Hagel hearings made me remember why I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him. Hagel is a dunce and unqualified to be sure, but this guy was (is?) his friend. Was it really necessary for McCain to publicly humiliate his friend, considering the respect he showed for Kerry and Clinton? He’s disloyal to his friends and companions and bends over backwards for the people who use him and undermine his party.
Lizzy you said all this much better. He’s a weasel.

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By: NeoConScum http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-524574 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:45:06 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-524574 Dear John: Thank you for your long, Long, LONG AGO service to America. As a senator you’re nearly useless. A silly, whirling dervish—egomaniacal in the extreme. Temperamental to Republicans, tolerant of Democrats no matter how far left…And far, FAAARRRRRRR past any excuse to continue in that more and more embarrassing chamber. You should have retired 10-F’ing Years Ago, John Boy.

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By: James http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/05/john-mccain/#comment-524564 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 02:05:35 +0000 http://neoneocon.com/?p=24498#comment-524564 I have something to say to the Republicans in Congress, let’s see it’s here somewhere, very profound, nuanced, and on a very high intellectual plane. Yes, here it is: Put up a goddamn fight about something anything, at least prove you are a person containing a spine.

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