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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Yes all of them are democrats.

meci on November 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I know Big Mac Attack looks like more than one person Senator McInsane, but she isn’t.

NotCoach on November 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Let me guess who:

- Pelosi
- Reid
- Wasserman-Schultz
- Hillary
- Weiner
- Graham

jake-the-goose on November 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I doubt it. Go away, John. Please.

goflyers on November 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Three: he’s hearing from Democrats.

PersonFromPorlock on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

People at The New York Times, that is.

BuckeyeSam on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I hope he runs. His 15th place finish in Iowa would be hilarious.

Flange on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

“People…”

The voices in your head do not count as “people,” John.

Get help.

Soon.

Please.

JannyMae on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

We have almost reached the point – where you just feel sorry for this man.

jake-the-goose on November 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again…

We need to take a flamethrower to that strawman….

Exit question: Could he maybe be thinking of challenging Hillary in the Democratic primary instead?

The sooner he takes the Arlen Specter path, the better for us all.

Athos on November 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The voices in his head must count as people.

SouthernGent on November 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Nope. Would be much less ashamed to say I voted for Hillary in 2016 than Juan McCain (D-MEX) a second time.

Jeddite on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Good Lt on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Yeah, and you’d lose to Shrillary in the primaries you azzhole.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I say go for it. But go all in if you’re going to do it. Don’t run for Senate AND the White House. Give up your Senate seat in order to focus exclusively on your White House bid.

Then when that implodes, you’ll be forced to retire.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Mitt Romney as VP? Really? XD

Honestly, I wouldn’t have much trouble voting for Romney again. McCain though, well, I still respect him for his service to this country, but I don’t think I could vote for him again.

There’s being a hawk, and then there’s being McCain.

WolvenOne on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The worst part if it all is that if Christie implodes in the next 3 years, this derpshit will be the new moderate hero.

nobar on November 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Meagan is only one person John. She is not properly referred to as “people.”

Akzed on November 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Hahahaha! Must be all those lefties who said for years that if he ran, they would vote for him.

Blake on November 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Yes all of them are democrats.

meci on November 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

.
KA-BOOM !!!!!!!
.
Finished in one… that’s weapons grade!

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Hah, McCain and Debbie W-S must be having a ridiculous contest.

petefrt on November 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

No, really, SHUT UP MAV!

vityas on November 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Go. Away.

jukin3 on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Please run, McCant. I implore you to do so.

Your ego is so massive that you can’t realize your foolish entry will cancel out support for Kristie Kreme and let an actual conservative win the nomination.

I bet Rand and Ted Cruz would be ecstatic upon hearing this news.

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Mitt Romney as VP? Really? XD

Honestly, I wouldn’t have much trouble voting for Romney again. McCain though, well, I still respect him for his service to this country, but I don’t think I could vote for him again.

There’s being a hawk, and then there’s being McCain.

WolvenOne on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I’m done with that, personally – he cashed, then overdrew that account long ago.

Midas on November 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Meagan is only one person John. She is not properly referred to as “people.”

Akzed on November 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

You could have fooled me.

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

The psych ward at Bellevue doesn’t count Senator…

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I say go for it. But go all in if you’re going to do it. Don’t run for Senate AND the White House. Give up your Senate seat in order to focus exclusively on your White House bid.

Then when that implodes, you’ll be forced to retire.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Amen

CrazyGene on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I have one word for that:
DONT

ksmoola1 on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

We have a clinically mentally and physically ill president.

Just look at the pictures of him today, see the video. He was mental, always, but now something’s wrong with him, physically. Pray for Biden,Boehner and the land.

Why not follow up with crazy McCain?

A crazy land, in the majority full of sheepleton, looters/moochers from both sides, deserves nothing better.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It’s possibly a trial balloon from the kill everybody overseas crowd.

Dack Thrombosis on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Meagan is only one person John. She is not properly referred to as “people.”

Akzed on November 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

You haven’t met her t*ts.

Nutstuyu on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The voices in his head must count as people.

SouthernGent on November 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Heh!

Two great minds.

*high five*

JannyMae on November 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

John, ‘ESAD’ is not code for “you should run for president again”.

justltl on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

McCain’s father and grandpa hate what he’s become from their graves.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

the voices in your head are not real john…

dmacleo on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This. Heck, I’d love to see Palin give him a slap down in a primary debate.

Fallon on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

you little sh*t” is used at a debate.

Get off my lawn!
Young whipper snappers.

VibrioCocci on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Please run, McCant. I implore you to do so.

Your ego is so massive that you can’t realize your foolish entry will cancel out support for Kristie Kreme and let an actual conservative win the nomination.

I bet Rand and Ted Cruz would be ecstatic upon hearing this news.

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

In most cases ALL Politicians have EGO’s much larger than most of the States. A generalization, but the result of lots of experience.

CrazyGene on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

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.

Hahaha, he doesn’t say what planet they wanted him to run on.

scalleywag on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

“People…”

The voices in your head do not count as “people,” John.

Get help.

Soon.

Please.

JannyMae on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

did not see that before I posted, sorry

dmacleo on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

CrazyGene on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

You nailed the comments, the other day, on the big thread. Many of us were lauding you.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Dementia is a sad thing.

Ronnie on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

McCain isn’t worth a 1/2 second thought.

GarandFan on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

did not see that before I posted, sorry

dmacleo on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Don’t be sorry. It only enforces your points.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I really would love to see it, if for no other reason than to witness the utter disaster that his candidacy would be.

jmangini on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

CrazyGene on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

You nailed the comments, the other day, on the big thread. Many of us were lauding you.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

So sorry, Gene. This was meant for

JannyMae on November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sorry for picking the wrong link :(

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Don’t be sorry. It only enforces your points.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

normally I would have quoted and agreed, had tab open a bit before actually posting so the timing hit me :)

dmacleo on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming out of retirement…

Abba is considering a comeback too!!!

Tsar of Earth on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Please run, McCant. I implore you to do so.

Your ego is so massive that you can’t realize your foolish entry will cancel out support for Kristie Kreme and let an actual conservative win the nomination.

I bet Rand and Ted Cruz would be ecstatic upon hearing this news.

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

My thinking too. This could also give Ben Quayle an opportunity to succeed McAin’t in the Senate.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’” McCain told The Arizona Republic.

McCain, are you sure is wasn’t nobody?

AeroSpear on November 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

One thought – McCain is so odd – he may have said this just to provoke

jake-the-goose on November 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

JannyMae

Your comments were superb on the big RINO thread. A bunch of us lauded you the other day.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

‘No Ronald Reagan on the scene today’

News2Use on November 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Hahahahahahaha…Hahahahahahahahaha. too funny! Hahahahahahaha.

What people?? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

I have two regrets in my life, one of them is working so hard on his campaign. His return to his liberal roots after his failed campaign is what led me to stop financially supporting the GOP. Not one nickle more.

shar61 on November 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

News2Use on November 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

She had that lout for breakfast, chewed him up, regurgitated him good, then spit him out, and he knew it hit him too.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

McCain/Palin 2016?

/ducks and makes a run for it

ElectricPhase on November 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

This is perhaps the saddest part of politics in America, the fact that we keep ending up with the same potential candidates over and over again.

scalleywag on November 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I would pay money just to have him as party of the primary process…

Shump on November 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Dementia is a horrible thing.

kingsjester on November 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This. Heck, I’d love to see Palin give him a slap down in a primary debate.

Fallon on November 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Apparently, she was on the Today Show this morning, and beat up
Laurer pretty bad….called Obamacare Socialized health care,
and rejected Christie moderate mania…something about being
“middle of the road”, means you get hit from both sides of the road. I counted a number of times she Corrected Laurer idiocy.

Hmmmmm, wonder why no other Republican goes on media
shows and does this?

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Edited for accuracy:

McCain: People Liberals and beltway-media figures are begging me to run for president again

Sacramento on November 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Dementia isn’t pretty.

rbj on November 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Rino head-fake.

rhombus on November 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

So he’s going to take on Hillary in the primaries?

Meremortal on November 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Because the Establishment is too busy kissing a– and taking names…of Conservatives…to punish.

kingsjester on November 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

McCain: People The voices in my head are begging me to run for president again

This guy has completely lost it.

Valkyriepundit on November 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Hmmmmm, wonder why no other Republican goes on media
shows and does this?

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

They’re afraid to be called “racists”.

They enable the leftists for which I hold them in bigger contempt.

The Ds are latrine rats with Utopian pipe-dream convictions.

The Rs lie to get into office and then turn into Ds.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Hillary needs a military puppet.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

And Dweezil Zappa wants him to cut a funk album. There’s injury and then there’s insult. You choose which would be which.

onomo on November 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

Mostly people representing the Clinton and Biden campaigns.

Steve Eggleston on November 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

We’d end up in a whole bunch of wars AND immigration AND Obamacare. Yikes.

djl130 on November 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I smell fish. These people “begging” John McCain to run for president again are obviously shills for Hillary.

RebeccaH on November 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Because the Establishment is too busy kissing a– and taking names…of Conservatives…to punish.

kingsjester on November 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Bingo.

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Just laugh in his traitorous face and go about your business.

joekenha on November 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Go for it!
-Brett Farve

Gatsu on November 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

No. Retire.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

He sounds like he’s gone a little WACKO.

Maybe he could get Todd Purdum of Vanity Fairy to write him a puff piece to start off his campaign?

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-sabotage-campaign-99176.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-sabotage-campaign-99176.html

PappyD61 on November 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

As an AZ citizen, don’t bet on it Sen. Your daughter is a loose cannon of idiocy. Your former campaign people have spewed bllsht regarding Palin. Though I respect your service..I respectfully decline your thinking you could now be President. You’ve been an asshole to Cruz and the Teaparty (me). We want smaller government and fiscal responsibility..yet you and your daughter make us out to be “loonie” birds. Enough. Your populist vision is a thin veil. We can still see through the bllsht.

Wileygrl3 on November 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Why does Allah inflict Stay Puft and Maverick’s musings on us;

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2013/11/11/palin-slaps-down-nbc-spin-matt-lauer-hopes-people-forgive-presidents-o

narciso on November 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

McLame/Grahamnesty 2016.

bgibbs1000 on November 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I think McCain might have taken Carville’s advise to obozo serious and started smoking crack.

Flange on November 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Wacko Bird…!

d1carter on November 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/11/10/ted-cruz-was-polarizing-figure-harvard-law-foreshadowing-his-partisan-profile-senate/gEUPs0iVgOyoidafkNe94H/story.html

CAMBRIDGE — As the lights rose, Ted Cruz held center stage, dressed in black and kneeling at a bedside. The first-year student at Harvard Law School delivered his lines with the emotions of a man gripped by anger, fear, and worry for his reputation.

“Do you understand that I have many enemies?” he thundered. “There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit. Do you understand that?”

Cruz, then a devoted amateur thespian, was playing the role of the Rev. Samuel Parris in “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s allegorical play about McCarthyism.

The lines — and the part — seem prophetic today.

God help us if this NAKEDLY AMBITIOUS creature runs. Thank you Boston Globe for exposing that someone in the Senate could be ambitious……WHAT A PIG.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM


McCain: People are begging me to run for president again

Sounds like someone needs to stop taking phone calls from his daughter.

rogaineguy on November 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I’ll refrain from saying that McCain has played out his POW card. But somebody needs to sit the man down for a big old glass of reality.

Happy Nomad on November 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Ted Cruz arrived in Cambridge as an outsider.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/11/10/ted-cruz-was-polarizing-figure-harvard-law-foreshadowing-his-partisan-profile-senate/gEUPs0iVgOyoidafkNe94H/story.html

He was born in Alberta, Canada. His father fled persecution in Cuba, eventually settling in Austin, Texas, where he learned English and earned a college degree.

Where is the mention that he’s an AMERICAN CITIZEN……noooooooo, carefully omitted here.

Thank you Boston Globe for your insightful writing on this Wacko Bird.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

John, it’s not the voices in my head that worry me. It’s the voices in YOUR head that do

NoFanofLibs on November 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Oh crap,now he’s hearing voices.Quick,restrain him!

redware on November 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

McCain on 2008: “I would have won, if enough people had voted for me.”

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I’ll make [John McCain] a deal: I promise him my endorsement if he chooses Mitt Romney for VP.

There’s your quote of the day.

BigGator5 on November 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I’m begging McCain to sit down and shut up. It is becoming more and more obvious by the day that McCain is not a “maverick” so much as a self-absorbed nut job.

Where, in his vast military experience, did he learn that giving ammo to the enemy and shooting your own troops was a good idea?

The 2008 ticket should have been the other way around. In the 5 years since, Sen. McCain has proved that, if nothing else.

IndieDogg on November 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I would rather not vote for McCain than have to do the research on the eventual liberal Republican nominee only to not vote for them either.

Valiant on November 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I’ve been on the fence for some time now on whether the Senior Senator from AZ is suffering from some time of mental illness.

Until now.

BigAlSouth on November 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

time = type. Need to start drinking.

BigAlSouth on November 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

the man is delusional

gerrym51 on November 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

he has fielded multiple calls from out-of-state reporters this year investigating the possibility.

Ah. So not some groundswell of support from even RINO’s….instead some reporters (always his real constituency) are trying to drum up a story.

This is even dumber than it sounded at first.

ChrisL on November 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

McCain needs to resign his Senate seat NOW to show people he is serious!!

It will be for the good of the party !!

ROFLMAO!

KenInIL on November 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming out of retirement…

Shades of Ricky Henderson and Brett Farve.

Myron Falwell on November 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

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