McCain: When I buck GOP leadership, I’m a maverick; now I’m suddenly an “angry old man”

posted at 11:01 am on March 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I don’t think he’s quite getting it.

It’s not that McCain disagreed with Rand Paul; it’s the way he and Graham went about it. Republicans finally scored a major, compelling, epic GOP PR victory that got millions to tune in while they pointed out the excesses of the Obama administration, and McCain and Graham just had to immediately and rather nastily rain on everybody’s parade. Being intellectually honest with himself isn’t the problem here — it’s that it came in the form of a tactless political buzzkill. Says Chris Stirewalt:

Paul got the president to rein in his attorney general’s claim of executive authority to kill American citizens on American soil without trial. At a moment when Americans, especially liberals and young voters, are growing increasingly uneasy with Obama’s drone wars and kill lists, Paul forced Obama to yield.

The next day, though, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrived, like parents who discovered a raucous party had been going on while they were away and scolded Paul. McCain and Graham had been at dinner with the drone warrior president while Paul was filibustering and they did not at all like what he had been up to.

Rather than do what other moderates and hawks had done and let Paul have his moment whilst gently reminding their constituents that killing bad guys was very important, McCain and Graham mocked and derided Paul and his supporters.


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who called you a maverick?

rob verdi on March 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Angry old man is a nicer way of calling you an assho1e.

john1schn on March 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Sadly, though McCain is leadership in the GOP. Kinda telling, eh?

john1schn on March 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

+1 what john1schn said.

bictech on March 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

John McCain, Maverick

Dan Rather, Courage

Not much difference between them.

McCain & Sellouts, LLC, got upstaged by one colleague and McCain doesn’t like having the limelight shifted away from him. I, for one, never thought him a maverick. If we’re going to compare him to some animal, I lean toward jellyfish.

Liam on March 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Note to McCain: If you agree with Piers Morgan you make our point.

ctmom on March 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Is Rand Paul in the leadership? I thought McCain was more like the leadership?

Or you could say it this way… “when a Republican like McCain bucks other Republicans, he’s a Maverick. When some Jr. Senator bucks him, he’s a crazy wacko.”

Rather than do what other moderates and hawks had done and let Paul have his moment whilst gently reminding their constituents that killing bad guys was very important, McCain and Graham mocked and derided Paul and his supporters.

McCain and is puppy Lindsy Graham didn’t just attempt to stomp on Rand.. they were stomping on all those who he inspired! And doing it at a time when there is little to be inspired about today in our congress!

It was petty and further proof they are both small minded men.
Rand Paul and Senator Cruz are giants compared them.

JellyToast on March 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Sorry, McCain. You are part of the GOP leadership being bucked. I still had a tiny bit of respect for you until this episode. Your maverick days are over. Time for you to gracefully exit and let the young bucks get us back on track.

behiker on March 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Hey “Old Man” here’s a news flash for you…Your NOT BUCKING the leadership, Mr. Rand is a Freshmen. You & Mr. Graham were very disrespectful to Rand Paul.

mmcnamer1 on March 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Lets just avert our eyes, clear the throat a couple of times and walk on.

MTF on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

…now I’m suddenly an “angry old man”

Yup. Time to retire.

Fallon on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

One is either the bucker or the buckee…

McCain must be trying to get an invite to Michelle’s 50th Birthday party…sit next to Piers Morgan…
ADELE, BEYONCE TO PERFORM AT MICHELLE’S 50TH:

albill on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

McVain and Miss Lindsay were pissed off that Paul did it the night they were having their bipartisan dinner with Obama.

The two no doubt expected to come out to deliver news to a breathlessly waiting press corps on the level of “We have a Pope.”

Except they would have announced some vague “progress” on talks with Obama, and kept the newsies hanging on their every word, regardless of how fruitless the talks actually were.

So it’s, “We would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids” sour grapes.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Sorry, John. You played up the Maverick thing when you were bashing Bush but then you dared to take on the One, so the press turned on you. Having beaten up your own side so much, we really didn’t want to help you. I don’t really care for Paul or his publicity stunt but I won’t ally myself with the likes of you. You burned ALL your bridges, old man.

thebrokenrattle on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Angry old man is a nicer way of calling you an assho1e.

john1schn on March 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Maverick is also a nicer way of calling him an a-hole.

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Only in your own mind Johnny, only in your own mind. Maverick = RINO. You have traded away America’s conservative values too many times, now step off into the light John; leave us with some good memories of you of not trading away freedoms for your own power.

rgranger on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

ADELE, BEYONCE TO PERFORM AT MICHELLE’S 50TH:

albill on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Shameful.

“Did you plug the hole open the White House to tours yet, Daddy?”

Fallon on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

McCain doesn’t just buck “GOP leadership”, he bucks anything conservative. Why doesn’t he simply leave the GOP and join his Democrat buddies?

rplat on March 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Fallon on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I’m thinking that instead of him being put out to pasture (politically, that is), it’s time for the glue factory.

Other than being a complete d*ckhead, can anyone tell me one single thing this grumpy old man has done throughout his entire career in politics, other than to grandstand and make a complete a$$ out of himself? Anyone? Bueller?

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

One is either the bucker or the buckee…

McCain must be trying to get an invite to Michelle’s 50th Birthday party…sit next to Piers Morgan…
ADELE, BEYONCE TO PERFORM AT MICHELLE’S 50TH:

albill on March 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

And Adele is doing it for free. Remember when everyone was sure she was conservative b/c she complained about paying high taxes?

Shouldn’t the Obamas be required to declare her performance as a gift and pay taxes on it whether she waives her fee or not?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Eff off, McLame….

ladyingray on March 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I thought you at least had a core or backbone, McCain.
Now it’s apparent you don’t.
Disagreeing is not wrong, but being a clown is.

22044 on March 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

McCain is p!ssed that he is no longer the “maverick,” but (“Oh, the horror, the horror!”) Establishment.

And no doubt Graham is ticked off that he is no longer of the younger generation of the GOP in Congress who took on Clinton inthe impeachment. His boyish good looks have turned into a double chin, and receding, graying hair. He couldn’t get into his old JAG uniform without a corset.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

We tried to warn you RINO people about the Rinos. Look what the Rinos have done to us.

Just look.

SparkPlug on March 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Shouldn’t the Obamas be required to declare [Adele's] performance as a gift and pay taxes on it whether she waives her fee or not?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I think that would only apply if she were performing at a campaign event.

Oh, wait…

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

These are things he is to the left. He has lost grasp of that fact. The right just wants a solid citizen. He is as far as spending and keeps the pork very low.

He like the left wants his cake and to eat it too. He thinks he is above Rand and that is wrong.

tomas on March 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Shouldn’t the obamas swear off unnecessary parties due to sequestian? It all means $$ for transportaion and security. Why should the taxpayer be stuck with the bill? Is moochelle stuffing her face more important than our servicement?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I think that would only apply if she were performing at a campaign event.

Oh, wait…

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

If I gave you a car as a gift, you would still be liable to pay tax on it because even though a gift it is still income. How would this be different?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

McCain doesn’t just buck “GOP leadership”, he bucks anything conservative. Why doesn’t he simply leave the GOP and join his Democrat buddies?

rplat on March 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Give that time, depending on how much more he is ridiculed and further dismissed. I can see him taking his toys and going to play in another sandbox, the way Graham spitefully voted for Bennett only because of Paul’s filibuster. Of course Graham had safe room; Bennett was going to win anyway. But I have to wonder how Graham would have gone if he was the deciding vote either way.

They sought to teach that young whippersnapper a lesson, it seems. But what they did instead was trash their own credibility.

Liam on March 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

McVain and Miss Lindsay were pissed off that Paul did it the night they were having their bipartisan dinner with Obama.

The two no doubt expected to come out to deliver news to a breathlessly waiting press corps on the level of “We have a Pope.”

Except they would have announced some vague “progress” on talks with Obama, and kept the newsies hanging on their every word, regardless of how fruitless the talks actually were.

So it’s, “We would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids” sour grapes.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Thats probably a big part of it.
Thats probably a big part of it.

Mimzey on March 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

He forgot “stupid” and “irrelevant in the party”.

The establishment is fighting it, but the Republican party is morphing. And the old hands like McCain, Boehner and the likes are going to be like the dinosaurs. Die out or become Democrats.

ButterflyDragon on March 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Actually, John, you have become an old fool.

It was primarily your buddies in the MSM that called you a “maverick”.

farsighted on March 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Just look at the list of people against Rand…

McCain
Graham
Kristol/Weekly Standard
WSJ Editorial/Murdoch
Max Boot
Commentary Mag
National Review (50%)

…and you can add to it. But for the most part, it’s the GOP power structure who are deficit spending defense addicts and slaves to those financial interests.

Then look at who opposes his domestic/economic policies – Van Jones, Krugman and the progs.

Not hard to figure out who’s on the right path.

budfox on March 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

FYJM.

Bruce MacMahon on March 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Go away and take Graham with you.

We don’t care what you have to say.

gophergirl on March 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Rinosaur.

fogw on March 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Rinosaur.

fogw on March 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Trademark that shiznik.

ButterflyDragon on March 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Anything involving junior Texas Senator Ted Cruz is likely to invoke some level of toxic response from Senator John McCain of Arizona and his secondary outlet of public communication, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

That Senator McCain harbors a grudge against “the Bushies” for the South Carolina primary defeat that ended his presidential run in 2000 is the worst kept secret in Washington. Having “his” candidate lose in his home state was also a blow to Graham. Known for his long memory, some Senate staffers joke the “R” behind McCain’s name is for “revenge.” Other quip Lindsey Graham is “the senator from McCain.”

You’d think they’d be over it, but never has their ax grinding against former George W. Bush allies been more obvious and counter-productive than over the last few months.

Ted Cruz was a key Bush campaign staffer in 2000. Primarily a legal advisor, he also provided domestic policy advice and served as a contact for movement conservatives. A brilliant legal mind, Cruz was a critical asset to Bush’s Florida recount team. Ted was well-liked and respected among campaign staff, and like Karl Rove, known to perform congressional district voter math in his head.

Including, no doubt, for the 2000 South Carolina presidential primary.

In 2001, former presidential candidate McCain’s refusal to fully support President Bush’s tax reform package led to only temporary tax cuts, which in turn contributed to the fiscal cliff. This put McCain at loggerheads with American taxpayers’ most powerful advocate, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, author of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Norquist also supported Bush in 2000, and worked closely with the Bush White House to support its tax cut agenda.

When fears arose during recent fiscal cliff negotiations that Senate Republicans might raise taxes, Senate insiders muttered McCain was privately giddy over the possibility of GOP pledge-breakers, but it was Graham thrown in front to lead Republicans over the pledge-violation cliff.

In January, Senator McCain aggressively grilled retired Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) during Hagel’s Defense secretary confirmation hearings. Formerly close, the friendship ended when Hagel refused to endorse McCain for president in 2008. McCain asked excellent questions — hard-hitting and appropriate. When Hagel could not answer, McCain was openly hostile.

That weekend, McCain and Graham hit the Sunday talk show circuit expressing justifiable concern about Hagel’s qualifications for the job. But when Senator Cruz later asked Hagel equally hard-hitting questions in an Armed Services Committee meeting, McCain and Graham publicly raked him over the coals for being too tough on Hagel.

This left Beltway insiders and regular folk scratching their heads. Unless, of course, they remembered Cruz’s Bush association.

An energetic, principled Republican triumvirate has emerged quickly in the newest Senate as Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Cruz consolidate conservative energy. This week Senator Paul — with the assistance of Cruz and Rubio — filibustered Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. America was cheering from its living room. Facebook and Twitter were on fire. The three young senators delivered a thirteen-hour primer on Constitutional governance with grace, humor, and brilliance that rekindled hope in our future and interest in foundational American rights.

So naturally, Lindsey Graham appeared on the Senate floor the next morning with a ridiculous sign comparing Americans killed in the U.S. by al-Qaeda (2,958) vs. drones (0.) He and Senator McCain spent the day following cameras to explain the inspirational filibuster was “ill-informed” while telegraphing civil liberties are less important than delivering a comeuppance to usurpers Paul, Rubio — and Cruz.

The GOP symbol is an elephant, and elephants never forget. But when a bull’s memories cause harm to fellow elephants, it’s time to move on and let the next generation assume leadership of the herd.

HT: Instapundit link to PJ Blog.

I’d call it a quartet rather than triumvirate, because IIRC, Mike Lee was in there supporting Paul, too.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Hey MORON McCain- your buddies in the media call you a maverick when you buck the GOP. If you hadn’t noticed, they hate the GOP.

Get lost

Philo Beddoe on March 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Angry wacko bird.

BHO Jonestown on March 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I think they have a voice, but they aren’t the boss. They are letting their personal notoriety get in the way of reason.

You don’t throw your party under the bus…All republcans need to learn this really.

tomas on March 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

He’s not the “angry old man”, he’s the arrogant, righteously indignant old man. He’s not the leader of the GOP, he’s a member of it. He’s had the opportunity to speak out on a lot of things, and he has. Now that someone else steps up and speaks forcefully about an issue that a lot of the country is concerned about, McCain acts like Paul should have shut up and waited for one of the elders to speak. It shows McCain is no longer able to sense what Americans are concerned about, and this issue is one that needed to be heard. And it got results. It won’t change anything, but it got results.

scalleywag on March 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Once Cheney and Rumsfeld come out against Rand, the circle will be complete, and we can finally dump the neocon movement.

budfox on March 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Actually, I think McCain should be thanking Rand Paul for taking alot of the focus off of that friendly dinner with Obama. I can’t think of any time in the past that a Republican leadership get together with Obama has ended in anything but the Republicans getting screwed. They did the right thing with the sequester: just ignore Obama and let him (and any of his playmates he could get to go along with him) just act out like a two year old. I hear a couple of days after this dinner Obama and Michelle had dinner with the Clintons. I am sure Obama was picking Bubba’s brain on how to screw the Senate Republicans one more time.

DaveDief on March 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

McCain is the leadership that has led the GOP to where it is. What he is bucking is the transfer of that leadership to those capable of leadership that truly looks out for the country & the American people. Mc Cain, you have stayed too long at the party. Retire while you still have a little respect. When you and Piers Morgan are drooling over you, respect is rapidly evaporating.

Charm on March 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

cmsinaz, if you are looking in. I replied to a comment you made the other day which was intended to agree with your statement and make a critique of progressive politicians in the GOP. The comment was very poorly worded and sounded much more like a rant directed at you.

I left an apology for the comment and I hope you were able to see it or see this one. You are one of the most respected commenters here and I would die to think I insulted you through a careless comment.

If anyone else sees her post a comment, please pass this on to her.

hawkdriver on March 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Was McCain ever this angry about losing his beloved Maverick label when the big media outlets took it away in 2008? IIRC he turned into befuddled, whiny grandpa, hoping if he’d just plead his case to them enough, they’d love him again.

jon1979 on March 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I haven’t seen McCain attacking Mitch McConnell for attending the filibuster.

Why is that?

portlandon on March 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

McCain you didn’t go up againt GOP leadership dear. You went up against the GOP, voters and all. Futhermore, no GOPers called you a maverick. That were the Dems who were in love with you for fighting against your own. Now go away!

melle1228 on March 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Ah . . . John:

You can’t buck the Republican establishment anymore.

You are the Republican establishment. That means when you slap down the new voices you are an angry old man. Bitter, too.

No Truce With Kings on March 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

screw McCain and the entire GOPe. They are the problem as much as Obama. The GOP could have destroyed Obama in 2012 just like they did in 2010 but that would have meant people like Mccain would have lost power and because of that they nominated Mitt and lost the election all to retain their power. they don’t care about me nor mine. They will destory the entire country in their pursuit for power. It is time we the american people deliver them their pink slips and install new leaders who will protect our freedoms not trample them.

unseen on March 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

There are TWO definitions listed for ‘maverick’

The first defines a ‘maverick’ as an independent thinker, one who refuses to conform to the accepted views on a subject.

The second refers to an unbranded animal, a calf separated from its mother, which belongs to anyone who chooses to brand it.

In either case, a ‘maverick’ is not what people elect to office to serve as their sworn PROXY in Washington DC.

Politicians campaign for office and make certain promises to their would be constituency, the electorate. If elected to the office they sought, these politicians swear an oath of office, but they have also sworn to represent those people from the district or state which elected them, literally as their proxy in Washington DC and to put the interests of those constituents first and foremost in every decision they make, every vote they cast.

None of that includes being ‘an independent thinker who refuses to conform to the accepted views on a subject’ given that those same ‘accepted views’ are the views of those who elected them to office, and in whose place they stand, and vote, as proxy.

McCain should be ashamed of himself for forgetting that he is a public servant,sworn to serve those who elected him to office, not a ‘maverick’ pursuing his own interests.

thatsafactjack on March 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Like many others, I see it’s not that McLame and Grahamesty objected to Rand’s views, it’s how they responded.
They had the opportunity to debate Rand on the Seante floor during the filibuster.
What a moment, what a great lesson it could’ve been, a “See America, THIS is how adults act in government, this is how it’s supposed to work.
Instead they cowardly berate, insult and attack Rand as any punk Dim would do, with no chance for an immediate response.

The self styled patrician class of both partys in DC have got to be overthrown, one way…….or another.

sanjuro on March 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

McCain: retire. Go home. You’ve done enough.

garnkikaloid on March 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The next day, though, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrived, like parents who discovered a raucous party had been going on while they were away and scolded Paul. McCain and Graham had been at dinner with the drone warrior president while Paul was filibustering and they did not at all like what he had been up to.

Hahahahaha!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

My tweet to McCain:

You were called a Maverick by the Dems for eating your own in the GOP.. Guess that still makes you a maverick..

melle1228 on March 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I am sure Obama was picking Bubba’s brain on how to screw the Senate Republicans one more time.

DaveDief on March 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I think you’re exactly right about that. The president is up to something…he didn’t just decide to reach across the aisle as a pr stunt, he did it because there is something for him to gain by it.

scalleywag on March 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

It saddens me, as a veteran, to say it: Senator, you have have used up the last bit of good will your military service and interrment as a POW generated.

You should retire immediately and perhaps reflect upon how low you had to sink to burn up that enormous amount of respect and gratitude.

And maybe with your newly acquired free time you could help “build that damn fence.”

M240H on March 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

McCain bucked “gop leadership” during the Bush years because he hated what Bush and Rove did to him in 2000. I.e he bucked GOP leadership because he was an old angry man.

unseen on March 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

McCain thinks “Maverick” was a compliment.

NeoKong on March 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

MCCain will never retire. And if he suffers a serious medical illness that prevents him from doing his job — he still won’t retire. He’s Ted Kennedy/Robert Byrd redux.

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

If 50 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that embryos would be conceived in test-tubes, DNA would identify humans in a way fingerprints never could, and scientists would map the brain, all of them would have said such a person was “pixelated;” yet, here we are.

If 45 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that the government would be able to track citizens with electronic devices without a warrant, all of them would have said that such a person was “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!” Yet, here we are.

If 40 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that public schools would monitor students’ activities outside of school furtively through disseminated laptops using remote access, all of them would have said, “Absolute rubbish!” Yet, here we are.

If 35 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that the Federal government would – without warrants – monitor the electronic communications of citizens and store copies of emails, tweets, and postings in massive storage banks in West Virginia and Utah, all of them would have done their best Hattie McDaniel eyeroll; yet, here we are.

If 30 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that Federal employees could access to the tax, financial, medical, educational and other records of every citizen without warrants and often in real-time, all of them would have screamed “Tinfoil hat alert!” Yet, here we are.

If 25 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that Federal employees would have used military equipment and opened fire on a compound with where dozens of innocent women and children were located, all of them would have said such a person was batshit crazy; yet, here we are.

If 20 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that Federal employees wearing snazzy uniforms would be going through the colonoscopy bags of 80 year-olds and feeling up toddlers before allowing them to board a plane, all of them would have said that such a person was stalk-raving mad; yet, here we are.

If 15 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that the Home Office and councils in the UK have been using drones to monitor fly-posting, fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles,abnormal loads, waste management in the UK, all of them would have said that such a person was a Mad Hatter; yet, here we are.

If 10 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that there would be 1 CCTV camera in the UK for every 32 people in 2011, all of them would have asked “What is she smoking?” Yet, here we are.

If 5 years ago, someone would have told John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Andrew McCarthy, David Frum, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, etc, that there are councils in the UK that have been busted for using drones to check on whether employees, who had called in sick, were really at home or had just taken the day off to do other things, every single one of them would have said to “Drop the Kool-aid and step away from the crazy train!” Yet, here we are.

Is it really so crazy to ask of your government – a government that interned over 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II simply for the sin of having the same national origin of one of its declared enemies and conducted secret syphilis tests on rural black men at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama – this simple question:

“Can you kill me because you think that I ‘might’ be guilty of a crime or ‘may’ be planning to commit an act of terrorism on US soil in the imminent, but not immediate, future?”

If the government has the ability to kill Americans here or abroad because they ‘might’ do something, why is it a tinfoil question to ask “What ‘might’ the government do in the future?”

Resist We Much on March 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

These adroit political skills are why McCain lost the 2008 election. Lots of the younger interventionist Republican types actually helped out on the filibuster… Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, and Mark Kirk. It was brilliant political theatre and rather than dismissing Paul as a “wacko bird” McCain should find a better way to get his point across.

Illinidiva on March 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Have to draw you a picture McCain? You’ve got old real quick (happens to a lot of us). You are now the establishment and Rand Paul is the maverick. Bye John.

Herb on March 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Mcain was angry s a Midshipman…

He was angry on active futy…

He is angry as a politician…

This should surprise NOBODY…

Khun Joe on March 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

My (soon to be ex) senator Graham has his nose run so far up McCain’s butt that he can’t feel the wind’s direction turning. Every time McCain raises his homely head, you can see Graham in the back ground. Sorta like “Mouthy Me and Mini-Mouthy Me”. These two are NOT the spokespersons for our side. And, Senator Ayotte needs to find herself some different people to align with.

There, I feel better.

scgas on March 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

If I gave you a car as a gift, you would still be liable to pay tax on it because even though a gift it is still income. How would this be different?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If I were splitting hairs, I’d suppose (just a guess here, not a judgment or an acceptance) that a concert – as a service – has no tangible value, unlike the example you gave of a car, which is a tangible asset and is recognised by government as being taxable.

Again, I’m just making a guess about it. I’m sure someone with some tax-fu could put on some knowledge about this issue much better than can I.

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

McCain: When I buck GOP leadership, I’m a maverick; now I’m suddenly a “angry senile old man”

…fixed it for you mumbles!…my friend!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

He fails to differentiate between who’s calling him a “maverick” (liberal MSM) and who is calling him an “an angry old man” (everyone else). Perhaps we should add “senile” to “angry old man”.

Clink on March 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Bingo! Maverick was a term the Dems coined because McCain did their dirty work for them.

melle1228 on March 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

and McCain and Graham just had to immediately and rather nastily rain urinate on everybody’s parade.

More to the point.

Beyond that, did I miss something? When did Rand Paul get elevated to GOP leadership? I could have sworn he was the junior, first-term senator from Kentucky–and from the party out of power.

FY, McCain, you fool.

If/when he and Graham sell us out on illegal immigration, I hope the House has the good sense to drag their proposals through exhaustive open hearings and then kill it.

BuckeyeSam on March 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think he’s quite getting it.

To say he is totally unclear on the concept does not even begin to come close!

Frankly, if there is one single service that McCain and Graham did this week for the rest of us, it is that between the two of them, they aptly demonstrated by their rather inept and boneheaded actions exactly why the Republican party is in the quagmire that it is right now.

Then they went one better, again by their actions, and offered the best and most viable solution to the problem.

GET RID OF BOTH OF THEM AND THE REST OF THE DINOSAUR CAREER POLITICIAN OLD GUARD!

We need more Mark Rubios and Rand Pauls!

We need less McCains and Grahams!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Rather than do what other moderates and hawks had done and let Paul have his moment whilst gently reminding their constituents that killing bad guys was very important, McCain and Graham mocked and derided Paul and his supporters.

I think that this was a fatal error on both their parts. Time will tell.

VegasRick on March 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

A message for Johnny Mac and Graham cracker

Daemonocracy on March 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

a message for Johnny Mac and Graham Cracker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZwTQmj16iI&list=FLGd2gXRID3BDIbM_fNAYiVg&index=1

Daemonocracy on March 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I think PJ Blog nailed it. Don’t forget that McCain also has a wild hair up his a$$ against Boeing generally, and also tends to favor Navy over Air Force in defense acquisition issues.

That being said, I agreed with his initial objections over the 767/tanker conversion lease crap back in late 2001; it was a bad deal for the USAF all around and Boeing ended up getting hammered by three scandals relating to it, with the infamous Darlene Druyun in the middle of the mess.

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

If/when he and Graham sell us out on illegal immigration, I hope the House has the good sense to drag their proposals through exhaustive open hearings and then kill it.

BuckeyeSam on March 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Here’s how Graham and McCain and the other amnesty shills are planning to do it

thatsafactjack on March 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Is it really so crazy to ask of your government – a government that interned over 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II simply for the sin of having the same national origin of one of its declared enemies and conducted secret syphilis tests on rural black men at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama….

Resist We Much on March 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

…yes!…wasn’t that another Republican President who did that?…BELOVED by the people?

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

GET RID OF BOTH OF THEM AND THE REST OF THE DINOSAUR CAREER POLITICIAN OLD GUARD!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The only way you do that is by ending three gross excesses of government:

1. Both Houses of Congress must be held accountable to the same laws as those they pass on everyone else (e.g., insider trading and health insurance come to mind);

2. The practice of earmarks must be killed dead permanently; and

3. By some miracle, the ever-growing entitlement beast must be slain.

Good luck on that last one, St. George, wherever you are…

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Rather than do what other moderates and hawks had done and let Paul have his moment whilst gently reminding their constituents that killing bad guys was very important, McCain and Graham mocked and derided Paul and his supporters.

I think that this was a fatal error on both their parts. Time will tell.

VegasRick on March 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Truthfully, if others are feeling as blood-boiling angry as I am towards these two morons, time is going to not just tell, it’s going to speak volumes, rather loudly and with extreme prejudice!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Johnny Mac and Graham Cracker

…POS… ‘BOOKENDS’ !

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Lets all take a trip down memory lane. Oh there are so many thoughts that come to mind, but these are just a few. McCain and Kerry head the missing vets left in Viet Nam. Result all a bunch of nonsense they said while refusing to hear from eye witnesses. The gang of thirteen that pulled the senate to the left. The Keating five, some how he survived, although everyone here in Arizona knew he was guilty. It seems that every time there is a moment in history where the R’s in the senate were on the verge of doing the right thing, McCain came out with some gang of mixed senators that brought it to a crashing halt. He single handedly stopped the tax cuts from being permanent causing the problem we have now. Oh so many times he has stabbed us in the back that its hard to remember them all.

Go away you old back stabbing, self loving, ego maniac,senile scum.

jainphx on March 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

You are an angry old man, McCain, so shut up and retire already. America desperately needs new blood in Congress.

RebeccaH on March 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Why the disdain with Lindsay Graham this blowup by McCain about Rand Pauls filibuster? As far as I have heard Graham was had no objections to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

SC.Charlie on March 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

McCain and is puppy Lindsy Graham didn’t just attempt to stomp on Rand.. they were stomping on all those who he inspired! And doing it at a time when there is little to be inspired about today in our congress!

It was petty and further proof they are both small minded men.
Rand Paul and Senator Cruz are giants compared them.

JellyToast on March 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Very well said. And one need only look at the comment section of Rand’s editorial My Filibuster was only the Beginning to witness the Lefty meltdown over the deft political maneuver and schooling by the Kentucky senator & the young bloods. Witness the monumental community heartbreak and angst over the fact someone dared challenge Obama, the would-be Constitutional lawyer. They’re actually mad at Reid for not shutting Rand down and praising MCcCain & Graham, co-opting the disparaging language.

It’s a cult following–an angry third-world idol-worshipping mob…really freaky deaky stuff. Bill of Rights be damned. Just leave Obama alone.

RepubChica on March 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Shouldn’t the Obamas be required to declare her performance as a gift and pay taxes on it whether she waives her fee or not?

Blake on March 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

OT: But I had to step in.

The donee of a gift does not have to include the value of that gift in income. There’s a specific, long-standing exclusion for gifts and inheritances in the Internal Revenue Code (Section 102). In any accounting class or law school course on individual income taxation, Chapter 1 usually discusses the broad reach of the federal income tax (see Section 61). Chapter 2 of those courses discusses exclusions from income–one of the primary exclusions being gifts and inheritances.

If you want to make the argument that the performer should include the fair market value of her performance in her gross income and, in turn, be required to report that value as a taxable gift to Obama on a federal income-tax return, have at it. In theory, it makes sense, but I’m confident that the question has been addressed in either a revenue ruling or a private letter ruling. In all events, no income for Obama.

BuckeyeSam on March 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

There is a time to be a maverick, and then there’s a time not to be. You chose unwisely, Senator McCain…..

unclesmrgol on March 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Truthfully, if others are feeling as blood-boiling angry as I am towards these two morons, time is going to not just tell, it’s going to speak volumes, rather loudly and with extreme prejudice!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I hope you are correct. I talked to a friend of mine (who happens to live in AZ and was a lukewarm supporter of McCain) and he is as pissed off as we are about this thing. I hope the voters don’t forget.

VegasRick on March 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

He is not getting it.
John McCain: Separated at Birth…?

Mr. Joe on March 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

…POS… ‘BOOKENDS’ !

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Not one to correct you KOOL but bookends have a use. Those two, not so much.

VegasRick on March 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

“So it’s, “We would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids” sour grapes.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM ”

Exactly,

I came to post that Paul got in the way of some crappy “Deal” that McCain had worked out ensuring the president got whatever he wanted but you said it for me.

notalemon on March 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

McCain and is puppy Lindsy Graham didn’t just attempt to stomp on Rand.. they were stomping on all those who he inspired!

JellyToast on March 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Ah, yes, those poor, misguided “libertarian kids,” who might be taken in by Rand.

Wethal on March 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Yes, that’s correct…go sit down.

driguana on March 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

A camera. A microphone. A fool.

pat on March 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Suddenly… He’s not half the angry old man he used to be… There’s a Senator he ought to be… Oh yesterday came suddenly.

2Tru2Tru on March 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

gop (under it’s current leadership)……….DEAD.

Truth be known Obama’s “dirty dozen” from dinner want to be the go-to guys in the Congress for the DOTUS.

Imagine how pissed they were after their great summit was denied the media fawning they wanted.

To have been a fly on that wall.

…..and to think Palin even considered running with him as VP?

#vomit

PappyD61 on March 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Why the disdain with Lindsay Graham this blowup by McCain about Rand Pauls filibuster? As far as I have heard Graham was had no objections to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

SC.Charlie on March 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/03/07/lindsey-graham-premise-of-rand-pauls-filibuster-is-ridiculous/

You must have missed this.

VegasRick on March 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

GET RID OF BOTH OF THEM AND THE REST OF THE DINOSAUR CAREER POLITICIAN OLD GUARD!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The only way you do that is by ending three gross excesses of government:

1. Both Houses of Congress must be held accountable to the same laws as those they pass on everyone else (e.g., insider trading and health insurance come to mind);

2. The practice of earmarks must be killed dead permanently; and

3. By some miracle, the ever-growing entitlement beast must be slain.

Good luck on that last one, St. George, wherever you are…

Wanderlust on March 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Or, we can hope the constituents for both of these numbskulls finally get fed up with their long-term antics and retires both of them out of office the next time they’re up for re-election.

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Why the disdain with Lindsay Graham this blowup by McCain about Rand Pauls filibuster? As far as I have heard Graham was had no objections to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

SC.Charlie on March 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“I was going to vote against Brennan, until the filibuster,” Graham, of South Carolina, said Thursday. “I thought Brennan was arrogant, a bit shifty. I am going to vote for Brennan now because it’s become a referendum on the drone program.”

Translated…

“I’m gonna vote for this arrogant, shifty, yeller-bellied Yankee ‘cuz, like, ya know, I really am juz pea-green with envy and I juz believe that we can’t think about what might happen to our sacred drone programme tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t juz another day! As God is my witness, I’ll never let a’nutta passel of mealy-mouthed, Tea Party brats get da Senate floor again!”

- Senator Lindsey Graham O’Hara (RINO-MIC, SC)

Resist We Much on March 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

A camera. A microphone. A fool.

pat on March 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

This is about John McCain, not Rev. Jesse Jackson!

pilamaye on March 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

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