McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

posted at 12:41 pm on November 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming out of retirement, if his career highlight had been getting shelled in Game Seven of the World Series.

But — on an egregiously slow holiday news day, this is manna from heaven. I’ll make him a deal: I promise him my endorsement if he chooses Mitt Romney for VP.

“Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’” McCain told The Arizona Republic. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken — the bastards.’”…

While even McCain agrees that another presidential candidacy seems far-fetched, Bruce Merrill, a veteran Arizona political scientist and pollster, told The Republic he has fielded multiple calls from out-of-state reporters this year investigating the possibility. McCain was critical of the GOP strategy to try to defund President Barack Obama’s health-care law, resulting in a partial government shutdown. McCain emerged with better national poll numbers than others associated with the crisis, including “tea party”-style U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

“I can assure you, I don’t see it,” said McCain, who will turn 80 in 2016. “It’s not on my radar.”

Two possibilities. One: The letters urging him to run are secretly being sent by Cindy McCain and Meg to boost his spirits. “America needs you more than ever, dad Sen. McCain.” Two: Maverick’s exaggerating the clamor for him to run again as a way of sticking it to the “wacko birds,” to highlight public annoyance over the “defund” strategy. He made a similar point a few weeks ago when he said he was thinking of running for reelection to the Senate. It was the business community, he specified, that was urging him to do so, no doubt for fear that Arizona might otherwise send a tea-party Republican to the Senate who’ll be more willing to to shut down the government again than Maverick is. Claiming that they want him to run for president too is, I guess, his way of emphasizing that parts of the GOP coalition are so alarmed by conservative brinksmanship that they’d actually be nostalgic for — shudder — McCain 2008.

Here’s hoping that he throws caution to the wind and jumps in to do battle with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. It’ll be the first time in American history that the phrase “you little sh*t” is used at a debate. Exit question: Could he maybe be thinking of challenging Hillary in the Democratic primary instead?


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The only ones who want him to run again are Democrats.

ctmom on November 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

that !!!!

conservative tarheel on November 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Me thinks McLame has been listening to his own dreams …. and believing them.

avagreen on November 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well someone needs to be in the Democratic Primary against Hillary… go ahead, John! You’ll love the company there.

ajacksonian on November 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Run John RUN!!!!!

Latvia needs you!

WryTrvllr on November 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I don’t know if this has been said yet. “We have nothing to fear with Barack Obama in The White House”

birdwatcher on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Dementia.. because I want to see those emails… I don’t believe he’s getting more than a handful.

The world has passed him by, and his only fans are left wing pundits selling you another Judas Goat, while they laugh at you..

Any republican who’d support him, is not only not conservative, they’re left of center democrats at heart. There is nothing they have to offer anymore except more misery, and more appeasement to a media which will never like them, only hate them slightly less than they do us.

mark81150 on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Go Away McLame! Happy veterans day and I mean that sincerely, but you have almost ridden that mule into the ground. Please just retire quietly.

Good bye sir!

JohnnyMojo on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

McCain’s been smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s McCrack again…

OmahaConservative on November 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

the only people begging are democrats.

sniffles1999 on November 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

John McCain, you had your chance and screwed it up, big time. You now qualify for the Republican base.

mixplix on November 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Somebody needs to explain to John McCain that the Democrats cannot have two candidates running for President in 2016. Sorry!

CA_Conservative on November 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Please god no.

This is like a recurring nightmare.

Vanbasten on November 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

It’s like Bjorn Borg coming back to tennis with the old style wooden rackets.

MrX on November 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Now hes totally lost it

RdLake on November 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Maybe he should run to be president of his local VFW post. His platform could be free drinks from his campaign funds. That is the only way he will be called Mr. President.

meci on November 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Time to retire, John.

Go home…sit by the fire…have a couple of drinks and write your memoirs.

Thank you for your service…

but…just go home.

Solaratov on November 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

And they all can be seen on “The View”

Wade on November 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Take your meds, John. The voices will go away.

mojo on November 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

As long as he runs as the Democrat.

Kevin R on November 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Look, you have to understand that the talk-show invitations have sort of dried up since it turned out that Ted Cruz was right about ObamaCare, and Juan is no good when it comes to criticizing Democrats. So he has to maintain his visibility somehow until crapping on fellow Republicans comes back into demand, and what better way than to appeal to the wildest S&M fantasies of the MSM?

drunyan8315 on November 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Oh boy, just think of McCain running against Hillary. History repeated as farce with old farts

Dhuka on November 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Name names.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Are you sure that’s what they’re saying? Your Vietnamese may be a little rusty.

S. D. on November 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

How’s that fence coming along, sh**bag?

M240H on November 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

In the immortal words of Jason Stackhouse: “That train has sailed.”

sothinbelle on November 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Dear God….McCain has been hangin out with Obama way too long…it has rubbed off! They are both delusional, lying frauds!!!!

phoebe1 on November 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being.

Sad is not the right word. Pathetic is a better word.

farsighted on November 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Who’s the wacko bird now? In other news, Bart Starr is resigned by the Packers and Bradshaw by the Steelers.

Kissmygrits on November 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

We conservatives (not The waffley squishy sit on the fency ilk), have just got to stop MCCain’s and McConnell’s now! They are old….. Stupid and have lost America on their watch. In the private sector non of these moon bat lunatics would last a week in a job, at least not one that required no tax money or stealing tax money to perform their jobs.

Today’s Republican Party is in fact unrecognizable…. The claim is they are conservative and believe in the constitution but at the end of the day all they are is plain for anyone to to see…… Democrat lites!

John McCain is a delusional clown….. I want to meet the people begging him to do anything but come to a supermarket opening in some small AZ town no one has ever heard of!

We don’t need a third party… We need to kick these impostors out of ours….NOW!

ActinUpinTexas on November 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

He won’t make it to New Hampshire.

jake49 on November 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

I mean, really? Ahahahahahahaha

I’d vote for a putrified turd ten times over before I’d vote for this guy. Oh wait, McCain is a putrified turd. Never mind . . .

Conservchik on November 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Just.fricking.pathetic.

Conservchik on November 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Don’t look at me: I voted for Sarah Palin!

ajacksonian on November 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM

christie/mccain 2016

gracie on November 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Please John McCain. Thank you for your service during the war. But you have failed to do better in your role as a Senator. Please resign or please never run again.

Travis1 on November 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

The inspiration for the Walking Dead party – nope.

batterup on November 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Name one.

2Tru2Tru on November 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

He wants to run to make sure we don’t dare use Hillary’s middle name.

Belle on November 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Go away, old man.
Just go. The ****. Away.

orangemtl on November 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…Shit!…he’s not Senator Senile!…he’s got rabies!

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I think no one in Texas is asking for you Senator McCain…….

AnnaS on November 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Add me to the list John… PLEASE run and split the establishment vote with Christie and Bush!

elfman on November 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

As bad as he is, at least Obama isn’t certifiably nuts, which is more than I can say for John McCain.

bw222 on November 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again I’ve been ingesting bath salts on a regular basis and SNAKESNAKESNAKESGETTHEMOFFME!!!

fIXED.

Physics Geek on November 12, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Time to retire to Sedona, Maverick…

Khun Joe on November 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Insanity = Doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. Or in McCain’s case, senility.

Retirement has his name on it.

Common Sense on November 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM

HA, stop inflicting that photo of McCain on me.

Might as well not post any articles on him either ….

Sherman1864 on November 12, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Hey! McLame was tortured in Vietnam!!!

He was also tortured during the last
presidential campaign.

Umm… maybe he’s into this sort of thing in a
creepy kind of way…

“My friends…”

shorebird on November 12, 2013 at 1:19 AM

But — on an egregiously slow holiday news day, this is manna from heaven. I’ll make him a deal: I promise him my endorsement if he chooses Mitt Romney for VP.

Allahpundit is just sad that things got more complicated after he just jumped on board of Chris Christie’s bandwagon.

The Nerve on November 12, 2013 at 1:54 AM

John is truly in need of a mental hospital!

Delsa on November 12, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Senator McCain, don’t flatter yourself, it’s unbecoming. You are the reason Obama won in 2008 because you ran in fear of the media and were terrified to define Obama for what he is, and muzzled everyone on your team who would. You, sir, are an embarrassment and a loser.

DC555 on November 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Please do run John. Do this service for your country and help America rid itself of your non-functioning co-ruling GOP forever.

Don L on November 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

He’s so often on the other side of the aisle helping them, maybe he intends to run against himself?

Don L on November 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Run John run in this case is akin to run Forest run only I suspect the outcome won’t Bethesda same

Windsweeping on November 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

The ego on this guy is incredible. His loss to Obama in 2008 was one of the worst for any Republican in several generations.

He’ll be lucky if he wins his next Senate primary.

BradTank on November 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

McCain trolls the socons, and they bite every time.

Moesart on November 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” ~ Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American writer

SpiderMike on November 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

People are “begging” him to run again?? Which people, do they have a “(D)” next to their name, or just (“Generic Idiot)”?

NeoCon_1 on November 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Me thinks McLame has been listening to his own dreams …. and believing them.

avagreen on November 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

My mother does that… she is 99 though.

Dasher on November 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The “people” begging him to run are the voices in his head, and his cat.

PJ Emeritus on November 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I’m begging him to retire to a dacha on the black sea.

Murphy9 on November 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Seriously John, it’s long been time to turn in your membership card at the ultimate golf club. NO ONE wants you. I doubt the North Vietnamese would offer you anything. Just go home quietly.

Silvergoat on November 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

GOD FORBID!?!?!

Colatteral Damage on November 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

John, “STFU” does not mean “Stand Tall For Us”.

drunyan8315 on November 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

It’ll be the first time in American history that the phrase “you little sh*t” is used at a debate.

Good one, AP!

I just want to hear him snarl, “If I’m elected President, I’ll take a sledgehammer to the federal budget!” before sheepishly turning to the Senators who actually did some of the things that he brashly promised to do. Then he’ll say, “Oops. No hard feelings??”

rwenger43 on November 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Good lord, he’s been spiking his milk of magnesia again…

44Magnum on November 12, 2013 at 9:03 PM

What a great President he would have been!

We’d have amnesty by now for sure.

David Blue on November 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Who knew McLame and Rob Ford were old “drinking” buddies.

Koa on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

You mean his vegetable friends.

Ukiah on November 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Did he say which country’s President they were begging him to run for?

I think the Good Senator would make an excellent Presidente in Argentina.

Another Drew on November 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Yes Senator McCain, Please run for President!

President of the Retired Politicians who keep their yaps shut!

You got my vote!.

Larry

LarryK on November 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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