McCain: I probably would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskins’ name

posted at 4:01 pm on May 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

Of course he would. Among the public, this is a non-issue: Despite endless lefty blather about the name over the past year, including from The One himself, 79 percent side with the ‘Skins. (That’s especially dangerous to pols elected by the Redskins’ core fan base, which is why Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner refused to sign the letter.) Among the political class, though, it’s a proxy for ideology, an easy check-the-box way to polish your particular brand. That’s how this issue was able to accelerate from slow-news-day fodder on Slate last August to a cause celebre among fully half of the United States Senate. I’d be surprised if there are even five people in the chamber who’ve given this issue more than two minutes of thought, but when an opportunity to buy political piety this cheaply arises, anyone in the market for it is going to lunge. And Maverick’s always in the market.

Why didn’t Democrats ask him to sign, then?

On Thursday, Republicans dismissed the May 21 letter — signed by 49 Senate Democrats and sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sent his own letter) — as a pointless exercise unlikely to change anything. GOP lawmakers said that they were never approached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee who circulated the letter…

One Republican — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose state has a significant portion of Native Americans — said he “probably” would have added his signature to the letter if he had been asked. That would have elevated the stature of the Democrats’ initiative by making it both bipartisan and endorsed by the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee. McCain has joined Democrats on some social issues recently, advocating to end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and urging his governor to veto a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay customers.

“They didn’t ask,” McCain said, confirming he still opposed the “Redskins” moniker for the team. “It’s offensive to our Native Americans.”

Yeah, McCain would have been a solid “get” for Dems here. And I bet he’s not the only Republican who would have signed. Where Maverick goes, Lindsey Graham usually follows, and then you have the usual centrist Collins/Murkowski/Kirk coalition. Being able to say that a clear majority of the Senate was opposed to the Redskins name would have been a nice talking point for Democrats, “proof” that this issue was catching on among GOPers as well. Instead, they didn’t even approach McCain. Why? Because this is about moral posturing, not about actually pressuring the ‘Skins or the NFL to do something. And if you’re going to posture, why would you invite Republicans to join you? You plant the Democratic flag on the position that “Redskins” is abhorrent to all right-thinking people and salute. When they eventually send a letter to the Koch brothers asking them politely to commit suicide for the good of America, Republicans won’t be asked to sign that one either. This is about Democratic branding, nothing more.

Here’s Maria Cantwell making an impassioned plea to the chamber to give this shiny object the brief news-cycle attention it deserves. You’re next, Chief Wahoo. Exit quotation: ““The intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image,’ the league said in a statement. ‘The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.’”


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McCain is a liberal Democrat. He needs to be replaced.

bluegill on May 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Let’s face it. McCain would be a Democrat if he were from a northeast state. He’s only a Republican because he ran in Arizona.

InterestedObserver on May 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

It’s I’m offensive to our Native all Americans.”

Bitter Clinger on May 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Go away you senile old fool, just go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on May 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I’m just wondering whether McCain or any of the Dems who signed the letter have season tickets.

Bitter Clinger on May 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

John McCain must remove his hat to urinate.

Akzed on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Are they still accepting Redskins bets in their casinos? Then they’re not too terribly offended. Next outrage…

Ronnie on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I hate the Redskins.

But this sustained attack almost makes me want them to reach the Super Bowl.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I’m likin’ this a lot. Do they even understand how foolish this makes them look? Jeez, the Roger Clemons thing was bad enough. And Bernie Saunders didn’t have time to read Rubio’s 3 page bill introduced to allow VA firings. Boom!

butch on May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

“If only the Democrats would ask more often, I’d do all kinds of things with them.”

Akzed on May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Are they still accepting Redskins bets in their c@sinos? Then they’re not too terribly offended. Next outrage, please…

Ronnie on May 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Elizabeth Warren signed the letter.
If only she had called herself a Redskin instead of a Native American with high cheek bones.

airupthere on May 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yes, Junior, you would have.

formwiz on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

After the contract with FedEx runs out, I hope Snyder renames it Redskins Stadium.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

After the contract with FedEx runs out, I hope Snyder renames it Redskins Stadium.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The contract won’t expire until 2027. So much for that thought.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I like the suggestion to rename them the Washington Red Inks.

DanMan on May 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

This “I’m offended by proxy” is maddening to me. You can’t fight it, because the proxy is off in the background. You can’t reason with it, because it’s all based on sentiment. You can’t argue against it, because they’ve claimed absolute moral authority.

It’s not fair when you can’t confront your accusers — in this case, the Native Indians who are offended, because some third party is offended on their behalf. And isn’t this also like when someone tells you some third party has a beef with you, and what do you think about it. Shouldn’t the third party with the beef be the one talking to you about it?

Otherwise it’s like the game of “telephone” — person A tells person B who tells person C — much of the original meaning is lost. Let Native Americans weigh in on how they feel about the name “Redskins”. But I’m sick to death of this “I’m offended by proxy”.

LashRambo on May 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Where have you gone, Wahoo McDaniel?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I admit it, I was wrong! You cannot brainwash an idiot that does not have a brain.

savage24 on May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM

After the contract with FedEx runs out, I hope Snyder renames it Redskins Stadium.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

It was named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium by the previous owner. I wouldn’t be surprised if it became Daniel Snyder Stadium if FedEx decides to bail.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Shut up!

Lance Corvette on May 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Does anyone care?
Go away McCain.

anotherJoe on May 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I wonder if McCain thinks Red Mesa High School in Arizona should change there mascot. The student population is over 99% American Indian and there nickname is the Redskins. BTW, John, they prefer to be call American Indians or Indians, not Native Americans.

dbilly76 on May 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

their*

dbilly76 on May 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

McCain’s nurse, are you there? Come get your patient, he’s wandered out of his room again!

While you’re at it, get his daughter as well!

22044 on May 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Here is a better letter: “Dear John McCain, Shut up.”

Warner Todd Huston on May 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

“It’s offensive to our Native Americans.”

Wait…our Native Americans? What gives? I don’t have one.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I like the suggestion to rename them the Washington Red Inks.

DanMan on May 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I think they should change the name to honor one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s greatest Indian chiefs. Pocahontas’s dad…..
Wahunsonacock. What fans could do with that! Especially the “sonacock” part.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Jeez McCain, when is the last time you visited the Indians in your state, and not just the political ones?

oldernwiser on May 23, 2014 at 4:23 PM

McCain, insane in the membrane.
Nothing new…fcuk him.

bazil9 on May 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

After the contract with FedEx runs out, I hope Snyder renames it Redskins Stadium.

aunursa on May 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Hell, go whole hog with “Big Injun, much wampum stadium.” Watch liberal heads explode, Scanners style.

Grammar Nazi on May 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

In May of 2014, 49 senators sent a letter urging National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to compel Washington Redskins team owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name, declaring “Redskins” to be racist.

Have any one of the 49 senators who signed the letter – or any other D.C. politician who has criticized the team’s name (including McCain) – personally attended a Redskins game? I’m sure the list of attendees is lengthy, which probably often included comped tickets, owner’s box seats, VIP treatment, etc.

The letter included the following statement: “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur.”

If the above is true, wouldn’t any of the letter’s signatories who have attended one or more Redskins games be guilty of supporting abject racism?

Dion on May 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Michael Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, said if Congress was really interested in helping Native Americans, lawmakers would focus their attention on making sure tribes received money they have been promised and work to eliminate hurdles that make it harder for economic growth and prosperity on the reservation, rather than throwing their weight behind changing a team name.

This is a response to SD Liberal Senator Tim Johnson signing The Letter.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

If this guy was a horse he would be put down.

50sGuy on May 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I’ll be gosh darned! I predicted this on yesterday’s Redskin Derangement Syndrome thread! Juan, you old sidewinder, you’re no longer a maverick! You’re a Democrat!
.
Next prediction: Juan McCain will be the Jim Jeffords of 2014 which deprives the Republicans of a clear Senate majority beginning in 2015 by switching to Independent and caucusing with Democrats. Barack Øbama will prevail upon the Congressional Black Caucus to let McCain join as an “affiliated member.”

ExpressoBold on May 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Sadly, this issue is an EASY ISSUE that let’s Congress OFF the hook for NOT addressing the many issues affecting Indian country.

NICKNAMES & MASCOTS are NOTHING but a shiny object to distract from the abuses tribes put upon their OWN PEOPLE. Disenrollment, Banishment, Elder Abuse..all inflicted by corrupt tribal councils.

I addressed the issue here to the National Congress of American Indians:

Come take a look at what REAL issues should be addressed, rather than a nickname.

originalpechanga on May 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Michael Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, said if Congress was really interested in helping Native Americans, lawmakers would focus their attention on making sure tribes received money they have been promised and work to eliminate hurdles that make it harder for economic growth and prosperity on the reservation, rather than throwing their weight behind changing a team name.

This is a response to SD Liberal Senator Tim Johnson signing The Letter.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Michael Jandreau needs to understand that Congress doesn’t do substance. Just optics.

Bitter Clinger on May 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Time to retire, Mav.

vityas on May 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Can anyone identify why Congress has any business commenting on this? Or why they are signing letters while another vet on a waiting list dies?

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Since Harry Reid ran this, I move that we require UNLV to change their name from the Rebels, because it may remind some people of the Confederacy and slavery

ConservativePartyNow on May 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

What could have been NVA, what could have been…

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Sorry azz McCain should be in prison for his role in committing fraud in the Lincoln Savings and Loan collapse. And for Palin to continue to kiss this criminal’s azz says all you need to know about Palin.

they lie on May 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

There are at least two high schools, mostly native American, that use the name Redskins as their team name.

If democrats want to force the Washington Redskins to change their name they should also force these high schools.

Mostly though, I think they dredge this up whenever they want to get people’s focus off something that hurts them.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM

“It’s offensive to our Native Americans.”

Unexpected syntax, “our” N.A.s? By Americans, he certainly *can’t* be referring to the North and South Americas (some of whom happen to be natives)? Typically not the correct usage.

Or, rather, does he mean the native Americans that we possess? I mean, you wouldn’t say our Latinos, Blacks or Asians. Would ya?

Hmmm. Is this a “Sterling-ism”, McLain is using?

socalcon on May 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

These senile a-hole will do or anything in his futile attempt to maintain relevant. Last year he was tweeting complaining about the Dodgers celebrating when they clinched the NL West title against the D-Backs.

Time to round up the Beer Baroness, Little Pork Chop and ride off into the sunset.

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

McCain, no one gives a sh*t what you think or do anymore.You are a traitor to your party and to your state and to your country! Take your fat daughter and move to a nice commie place where you will feel loved.

inspectorudy on May 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Mc Cain is a bitter vicious old man.

celtic warrior on May 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.
If your sympathies for “Native Americans” is so strong why did your rant on the Senate floor repeatedly segregate them to separate, perhaps exclusive, nations?

JohnFLob on May 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If these white liberals are so offended by the name Redskins, what about the Atlanta Braves?

They have a tomahawk on the front of their uniform.
The fans moan and chant and do the “tomahawk chop.”
Where’s the outrage?

Oh, I forgot. It’s Ted Turner’s team and he’s a big democrat.

TarheelBen on May 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I probably would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskins’ name

Said the QB for the WrinkleSkins.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

“Our” native Americans?

MTF on May 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

About 20 years ago the white liberals that run the NCAA went on a terror trying to get schools to drop Indian nicknames. This involved two Michigan Division 1 schools – the Eastern Michigan Hurons and the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Both the Huron and Chippewa tribal leadership publicly stated they wanted the schools to keep their nicknames as they considered it an honor.

Eastern Michigan folded and became the Eagles (how original). The Chippewa tribe backed Central Michigan and even personally went to the NCAA to demand that Central Michigan to keep the Chippewa name … and the school still has it.

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

“It’s offensive to our Native Americans.”

So is farting in their teepees, but I don’t see any federal action on that.

BobMbx on May 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM

McCain’s preferred new title: the Washington Rhinos. Because he needs more legacy than a dang fence.

spiritof61 on May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Thank you for your service, Senator McCain and you did GREAT recruiting Sarah Palin to be your VPOTUS…but, just STFU!!!

Who.Cares.What.You.Think?!?!?!?

ladyingray on May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Thank you Dems for sparing the GOP the embarassment of Maverick’s bi-partisan outreach. You guys keep this “win” for yourselves. You’ve earned it.

CycloneCDB on May 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Take your fat daughter and move to a nice commie place where you will feel loved.

inspectorudy on May 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I believe he is already acquainted with some likely assisted living facilities in Hanoi. Got quite a following there, too.

spiritof61 on May 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

What McCain and all the rest of these uneffected lefties are doing by excoriating the Redskins is granting themselves a political plenary indulgence.

Catholics will know what I’m saying, but for the Prots among us, an indulgence is

“the remission before God Gaia NBC CBS ABC CNN PBS of the temporal punishment due to sin whose guilt has already been forgiven.”

A plenary as opposed to partial indulgence removes all punishment, so having spoken up on the utter awfullness of “Redskins” will allow one to occasionally mutter “Hymie town” or “clean and articulate” with no negative consequences.

Dolce Far Niente on May 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

There are a lot of things that offend ME but no one gives a good goddamn, least of all McCain, who should have retired a long time ago.

As a Democrat.

disa on May 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

They didn’t have the time to read and pass a three and a half page bill to help the VA, yet they had plenty of time to forge a letter leaning on the Washington Redskins Football Club to change their name. And the beat goes on and the American public just lies back, spreads out and takes it. Just so they can keep getting that gubbermunt cheese. The screwing will continue so long as we remain compliant, folks.

bimmcorp on May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

That’s my guy!
-v7sport

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Thank you for your service, Senator McCain and you did GREAT recruiting Sarah Palin to be your VPOTUS…but, just STFU!!!

Who.Cares.What.You.Think?!?!?!?

ladyingray on May 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

John McCain has done far more damage to this country than good (including his POW experience). Had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, he likely never would have been admitted to Annapolis.

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I probably would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskins’ name

Said the QB for the WrinkleSkins.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Kirk Cousins said that?

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

That’s my guy!
-v7sport

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Where did I write that little miss SEIU thug? Don’t you have a walmart to protest or something?

V7_Sport on May 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

When I was visiting Pueblos in NM, I thought “original tambourines” made in Malaysia were kinda weird if not offensive. But what did I know?

PBH on May 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

SEIU? lol

What a queer retort…

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

McCain: I probably would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskins’ name

FIGHT with me, friends. FIGHT! FIGHT!! FIGHT!!!

Gohawgs on May 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

McVain: “My friends across the gridiron….”

/

viking01 on May 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Time to take a rest, John.

Mason on May 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

McCain, you miserable RINO, it’s way past time you retired.

sadatoni on May 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

If McCain had not been a Vietnam POW nobody would have ever heard of him. Is it too late to send him back to Hanoi?

bgibbs1000 on May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

That’s okay Johnny, Senator Sir. But then, you’ve gotten kind of offensive to some of us voters who are not so historically native.

But then you’ve become one of the RED COATS. You know… taxes, tyranny, treachery.

Willys on May 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The Redskins should state that they will follow the example of the Senate, in particular Oklahoma, whose name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, literally meaning “red people,” and that they’ll change their name right after Oklahoma does.

Roc on May 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Someone should tell Mark Cuban to change his team’s name. Thanks to the senile doofus from Arizona, the word Maverick is horribly offensive. My apologies to James Garner.

MrKleenexMuscles on May 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Somebody change McCain’s diaper, give him his lorazepam, and put him to bed.

M240H on May 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

90 percent of American Indians are not offended by the Redskins name. Only 8% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. If they want us to ban something because a few are offended, then the members of congress should resign immediately!

fight like a girl on May 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

It doesn’t matter what ‘they’ want or who is offended, ‘they’ don’t own or control the team. ‘They’ don’t pay the bills or take the risks. If ‘they’ hate it so much, ‘they’ can skip the games and watch golf instead. Liberals are pathetic creatures of division and destruction.

CommieJuice on May 23, 2014 at 7:34 PM

SEIU? lol

What a queer retort…

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Hey, you are a union grunt who is too much of a pu$sy to change your own circumstances. SEIU aiming too high?

V7_Sport on May 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

How could the people of Arizona keep sending this jackas…,er, donkey back to Washington? My wife is Cherokee, and she thinks this whole movement to change the Redskins name is idiotic. I happen to agree of course.

SteveThomas on May 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Jesus loves the little children,

all the children of the world…

Red and yellow…. ooops!

Who’d have known I was a hater (Jesus too, of course)!

oakland on May 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

McCain….. YOU are offensive to the whole of the country! AZ, you need to be ashamed at your stupidity. You elected McCain AND the totally smarmy Harry Reid. WTF?????

ultracon on May 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Oh, darn….. HR is NV, not AZ….. oh well, not much difference.

ultracon on May 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Years ago when I was working in TV in Phoenix, there was a big “push” by the left and “native American” activists to change the name of one of the most prominent peaks in Phoenix, Squaw Peak. It was changed to honor Lori Piestewa, who was killed and part of the same convoy in Iraq that Jessica Lynch was riding in. People were just beside themselves as they felt that Squaw Peak should have been left alone. No issue with honoring Lori Piestewa, certainly, but many people felt that all of a sudden, political correctness had intervened in the issue. Of course, once it was decided that Squaw Peak (which more “white” people than Native Americans found the name offensive) would be renamed in honor of Piestewa. Well, with the controversy raging, local stations rushed to find out what the senior Senator had to say. Well, true to form, for all the years that this jacka$$ had lived in Phoenix, he never said one word about the “offensive” name of Squaw Peak. All of a sudden, he’s on camera talking about how offensive the name was. McCain needs to retire or change parties, he certainly is no real republican, just another RINO.

Slayur on May 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I haven’t heard anything from actual Indians about this.

Only non-Indian liberals.

Oh wait, I did! There were several Navajo code talkers who were recently honored by the Redskins at the stadium.

They wore Redskins jackets and said they had no problem with the nickname at all.

Meremortal on May 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Hey, you are a union grunt who is too much of a pu$sy to change your own circumstances. SEIU aiming too high?

V7_Sport on May 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

the tard factor is pegged for this reprobate.

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Allahpundit explained this one so well I can’t think of anything to add.

David Blue on May 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Hey, you are a union grunt who is too much of a pu$sy to change your own circumstances. SEIU aiming too high?

V7_Sport on May 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

the tard factor is pegged for this reprobate.

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

“Tard” again, I really haven’t heard that in decades. Go to bed child, or else you might grow up to be a union flunky.

V7_Sport on May 24, 2014 at 2:41 AM

The GOPe looks and sounds more like the Democrats every day. Who cares about this? With all the real problems this country has it is offensive to me that our government is worrying about a football team’s name.

magicbeans on May 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Where have all these leftists been for the last 60 years that the team has been called Redskins? There are some Native Americans who claim offense but it does seem to be selective when Fighting Sioux is bad but Seminoles is ok. In other news, McCain is an idiot politician.

Kissmygrits on May 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I’m offended by McCain, the Democrats and the rest of the RINOs in Congress. Native Americans who might be offended should get over themselves. We all have the right to be offended in America. I’m sick of the “offended”.

cajunpatriot on May 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I say go ahead and change the name. How does “the Washington Cavalry” sound?

Incidentally, Nevada authorities just rejected naming a Lake Tahoe cove after Mark Twain, who wrote about camping there in “Roughing It”, The local Washoe tribe objected because they considered him a racist for describing them as eating insects, which they did eat.

kd6rxl on May 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Just McCain’s vain attempt to get back in the news – that, in itself, not news.

virgo on May 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

When did Senators acquire the power to run private businesses they don’t own? His statement demonstrates that he’s been in Washington too long. He calls himself a Reagan Republican without even knowing what that means to most of us.

I wonder, how would he feel about naming the team “The Dineh?” Of course, that would miss the whole point, since it’s a Navaho word referring to the Navaho people.

flataffect on May 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Here’s an idea: appoint McCain and Reid co-directors of the nuclear waste center in Nevada and require both of them to remain there for life.

flataffect on May 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM