As we documented in Part I—we didn’t call it Part I at that time, but we should have known that the self-proclaimed maverick from Arizona would show how his true colors again—John McCain resorts to personal attacks against T.E.A. Party Republicans when faced with the increasing irrelevance he holds with anyone other than Obama and the Democrats. Back then, his focus of attack was Rand Paul (R-KY) for working to protect our right to a fair trial, and for seeking assurances from the White House that the government wouldn’t kill Americans in drone attacks on American soil.
Following those episodes, McCain launched subsequent assaults on Mike Lee (R-UT) for daring to challenge his infinite wisdom concerning how business is done in the Senate, and against Ted Cruz (R-TX) for expressing his lack of faith in Republicans and Democrats to seriously address the excessive spending in Washington that keeps pushing America ever closer to the Cliffs of Insanity (gratuitous Princess Bride reference).
Now, the RINO WIMPS poster child—Republicans In Name Only who are Washington Insiders Masquarading as Public Servants—has taken the defund-Obamacare movement to pile on Senator Cruz again.
Following a 21-hour—technically not a filibuster—filibuster by Cruz, liberals stood in line to attack Cruz—along with Americans who supported him—for actually showing the courage of his convictions. Senator Harry Reid said, “For lack of a better way of describing this, it has been a big waste of time.” A few days prior to the Cruz speech, Harry had this to say about the effort to defund Obamacare:
“We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,” Reid said in a blistering opening speech. “The simple fact remains: Obamacare is the law of the land and will remain the law of the land as long as Barack Obama is president of the United States and as long as I’m Senate majority leader.”
Besides the obviously inflammatory comments about “anarchists,” it appears that Reid believes that established law—even laws ruled Constitutional by the Supreme Court—are irrefutable and unchangeable. Didn’t the Supreme Court rule in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) that blacks were not human beings? Didn’t they rule in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) that states could segregate by race? Good thing for Obama those “laws of the land” were changed.
Enter John McCain, who decided to take an analogy using Nazi Germany out of context, turning it into a chance to flog Cruz. But he didn’t end it there. No, the maverick went on to say that Obamacare is the law of the land; he reminded us how “hard” he fought it in Obama’s first term. To the amazement of nearly anyone who witnessed the multiple back-room deals, the townhall hijackings, the Cornhusker kickback, the Louisiana purchase, McCain even called those debates the fairest he’s seen on the floor of the Senate since he’s been in Washington. He went on to mention how the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—he wouldn’t even call it Obamacare—was a 2012 campaign issue that was decided when Obama was re-elected.
How Harry Reid can this guy get?
McCain’s attack on Ted Cruz was particularly pathetic in that he waited until Cruz had left the Senate floor to make his point. Taking note of his cowardess, talk radio’s Mark Levin called him to the carpet for not having the courage to speak with Cruz face-to-face, even calling him a “useful idiot” of the Democrats. And that got me to thinking. The letters to John McCain’s last name actually form an acrostic that can accurately describe his political career.
M = moron: a very stupid or foolish person. John McCain has foolishly chosen to abandon principle for the politically expedient. While that keeps him in the limelight, it’s pretty stupid to turn your back on your party.
c = coward: someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected. I know he was a POW in the Vietnam war, but apparently that doesn’t necessarily make you brave. On nearly every issued important to Conservatives, McCain has shown himself to be too politically afraid to do what’s right. And he has certainly not done what his constituents expected when they re-elected him.
C = capitulator: one who admits that an enemy or opponent has won and stops trying to fight or resist. See McCain’s comments above on Obamacare.
a = ass: the ancestor of the donkey. As we all know, the donkey is the official symbol of the Democrat party, which McCain seems to have more in common with every day. I know there are other definitions for “ass.” I will leave it up to you if they apply or not.
i = idiot: a foolish or stupid person. Thanks to Mark Levin for this one. Are you catching a theme here?
n = narcissistic: having an undue fascination with oneself; vain and egocentric. The egocentric politician is a self-centered individual who is more concerned with themself than they are the society they are elected to serve. By the way, have you noticed the similarities McCain has to Obama in this area? Maybe that’s why he sides more with him more than he does his own party; they’re kindred spirits.
Differences of opinion, methodology, timing, etc. can, and should be, debated from both sides. However, a problem arises when both sides of the issue are coming from the same mouth, which is something McCain is becoming well-known for. He once held a “complete the danged fence” position on illegal immigration, but now his “gang“ wants to open the floodgates to illegals. He used to be committed to fighting for the lives of the unborn, but he chastised Republicans in November, 2012, telling them to “leave the issue alone.”
A maverick can be a person who won’t follow the thinking of a group he or she belongs to, as well as one who rebels against accepted ideas and the herd mentality. So, depending on the context, a maverick can be a pioneer who bucks current trends, or a wild and potentially reckless loose cannon.
Ted Cruz proved that he is willing to stray from the group-think of the Washington insiders; he’s willing to rebel against the accepted ideas and the herd mentality of Obamacare’s inevitability.” Meanwhile, John McCain is just a wild and reckless loose cannon.
Ted Cruz is the maverick we need, and John McCain isn’t the maverick we’re looking for.
Posted on The Strident Conservative