The more I see of John McCain, the more I realize what a tragic figure he has become (and he’s made himself that way).
On the one hand, of course, we know of his service to our country for which we owe a great debt, and every time I see or hear of him, it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to discount that, and that’s as it should be. However, on the other hand, I see a shameless Republican shill who will say and do ANYTHING with the goal of securing The White House one day.
The latter incarnation of McCain, by the way, was on display the other day in a speech that he gave at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.
It’s truly pitiable to see McCain pretending to encourage Americans to “debate” the Iraq War, when he must know by now that Dubya is pulling the troops out as he speaks. By doing this, he’s playing a shell game worthy of the Bushies themselves. Besides, where was the “debate” on the war at a time when it actually could have mattered? McCain himself said “the debate is over” pretty much right after Dubya’s “State Of The Union” address in January 2003 (a document which, if there is any justice whatsoever, will be ranked as one of the grossest, foulest instruments of propaganda ever seen over time).
In the speech at Liberty University, McCain was giving a message of conciliation to people who give and take no quarter, and he knew it. It was cheap, grandstanding political theater and that was it. The audience of “Liberty” University is as interested in hearing other points of view on the war or anything else as they are in granting an audience to Hillary Clinton (and speaking of the senator from New York, I just can’t wait for another brainless, “Gee, What Will Hillary Do This Week?” column from wanker Richard Cohen).
It is unfathomable to me why McCain doesn’t understand that Falwell and their ilk WILL NEVER SUPPORT HIM. They will ALWAYS BE ABLE to find someone more to their liking, including some of the people who are younger than McCain and more photogenic (not trying to insult McCain, but everybody judges everyone else on that stuff) like George Allen, Scumbag Santorum, Jeb Bush, and even Bill Frist (eeewwwwww!).
He will never seriously contend for the White House again – not as a Republican anyway, the party to which McCain owes ultimate fealty. All of this corporate media noise about him and Hillary Clinton means absolutely nothing (for both of those individuals, actually).