It cannot be healthy for a man of his advanced age to be on such an extended tirade.
He has had a long and illustrious political career.
Now he's the rabid pitbull (without lipstick) snarling at the legs of:
And now Chuck Hagel
Really, John? Is this how you want to be remembered?
You're starting to become a parody of the "angry white man."
It's sad. Can anyone explain this phenomenon?
I totally agree it is a phenomenon to have a politician so courageously stand up for what is right and hold other politicians accountable for their actions, inaction, lies and views that would put our country at risk. As you said, he has already served this country well, and it would be much easier to sit on the sidelines and watch the circus continue. It speaks volumes about his character that he is willing to take it on himself to do what needs to be done to try and mitigate the damage.
Would he not be more effective if he were more controlled and less shrill?
I think his questioning would be more credible if he toned down the emotionality and anger.
But hey. Maybe that's just who he's become.
I can't help but remark, however, that Senator McCain's choice of a Vice Presidential candidate tends to refute your argument about his concern for putting our country at risk.
And talk about circus!
Perhaps if Ms. Clinton, Ms. Rice and Ms. Hagel would simply answer the questions asked of them honestly - there would be no need for snarling - as you claim is the case with McCain. But asking tough questions and demanding answers - is the Senates job. Obviously though you the Clinton appearance before the committee was a love fest. It was so bad I needed a cigarette after watching. Obviously you're a lib so there is no wonder why you are whining.
I saw him change way back in 2000 when he and Dubya were both vying for the Republican nomination. After his loss he kind of started to soften his "maverick" persona and started to become more political.
Fast forward to the Bengazhi attack and the last few weeks of testimony and questions. Some of the questions he asked Hagel yesterday should be allowed to be answered with more elaboration than a yes or no. McCain kept trying to force Hagel into yes or no answers but wouldn't let him explain himself. That doesn't give anyone the opportunity to hear from Hagel why he said or did what he did about something.
More proof about how political McCain has become:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/20 … enghazi-2/
Hope you dont mind me commenting from UK on this... but he probably still smarting from loosing the election 4-5 years ago,still thinks hes the tops-
He is just another scumbag on the hill on the take. He love's to sling it but boy when it came his way with the savings and loan scandals was he ever quiet.
McCain should of been retired and dead a long time ago.
He is getting more and more bitter about his losing the election in 2008. Maybe with all that anger he will explode! not good.
I think he wakes up every morning thinking, "I should have been President." That kind of disappointment can make you grumpy.
I suspect he was one of the authors of the "we will say no to everything to make Obama a one term President" strategy, that the GOP adopted. It didn't work. So, there is another pool of bile to work through.
I've long been a McCain fan, but I do think he's changed. I saw just a little of the Hagel questioning, and I wasn't impressed with either man.
I think McCain "sold out" to the R party in the 2008 election. When he (or the party) chose Palin as a running mate, I trusted his judgment and checked Palin out. Hey, she looked good on paper and was impressive at the GOP convention. I was excited about her until I learned more. When I did, I thought, "John, how could you do this to us?!"
I think McCain is frustrated and has been since the 2000 election. In my opinion, he was MUCH more qualified than W to be POTUS. Had it not been for Rove's dirty tricks, McCain might well have won the nomination.
BTW, I still have a lot of respect for McCain's service to our country. Maybe it's time for him to retire from politics, however.
To be honest, I did not see the questioning to comment if McCain got snarky. Having said that, I sure hope he did. Someone has to wake this chamber up. Is no one sick and tired of the BS in Congress? Yes he has been a Sen. a long time, but he has seen from the inside the changes to Washington and I would bet someone from his generation is pissed off at what it has become. Hell I am pissed off and I have not been around as long as he has. He comes from an era when people worked hard, they showed up, they battled through their differences and came up with solutions. Today, he goes to work knowing the other side will not work with him, will stonewall him, disregard his years of experience, will disrespect him, then call him names if he disagrees with them. Of course all of it leads to nothing getting done, issues pushed down the street, last minute scrambles to address anything. I cannot even imagine how frustrated he is.
This has nothing to do with losing an election, it is about leadership. Leaders lead, even if they become snarky and let's face it, there is no leadership in Washington these days. . .
THIS. All of this. I had a lot of respect for him, and this is how I feel.
My "John, what have you become??!!?" moment was when he was holding press conferences to rant about not being informed about Benghazi -- DURING his senate committee meeting briefing on Benghazi, which he skipped to hold the press conference.
HOW is that helpful to the country, to skip out on really important meetings which are necessary in order for our leaders to be informed and make reasoned military judgments, in order to make a political stunt?
"They're not informing me! It's a conspiracy!!"
"Uh, senator, if you'd just come back inside, we're waiting for you so we can start the briefing on that very subject."
McCain reminds me incredibly strongly of my grandfather, another tough vet. When he was younger, that tenacity and bullheadedness could be channeled to Get Things Done. But towards the end of his life, he got so bullheaded that it was really hard to get a scrap of information past that wall of anger, and he stopped using his judgment, just acting on raw emotions rather than the information he was no longer patient enough to absorb.
I think John McCain, as a senior statesman, is just plain disgusted with getting nothing done in Washington and that's beginning to show. He's been on the scene a long time and served his country admirably -- it must be very disappointing for him to see what's going on now, ie. . . no answers, no action and no progress. Personally, I'm very disappointed on his recent remarks on immigration as Arizona is a border state and he must be aware of the problems border states contend with (being from Texas I'm well aware). I agree with Habee -- Palin looked mighty good on paper and old John may have been as deceived as many others. I did not see the questioning or McCain get snuffy but if I was there and trying to get some straight forward answers I'd probably reflect my disgust, too. There's still way too many unanswered questions.
I guess it has just been too long since we had someone stand up and attempt to protect the citizens of the nation.
Otherwise, everyone would recognize the patriot who was trying to get truthful answers from deceitful villians.
You should read about John MaCains sacrifices to this country called America ! Before supporting the absolute inactivety of hillary clinton , susan rice , ......blah blah blah , MaCain has been a vigilant and vibrant protector of the integrety and ideals of the American system of government . I believe that he actually sabatoged his own chances for presidency to show Americans the blasphemy that is our electoral sytem ! The real question here ...begs us all to explain why P.C. is so prevalent now in support of this absolutely do-nothing administration and where is the accountability of THIS administration ?
For one, I think John is pissed that he let his party run Palin, I believe they thought Obama was going to pick Hillary and therefore steal the women's vote...IMHO, he is now "controlled" by this far right movement, contradicting himself often; as with the Rice/Rice debacle...I also believe he is furious that Obama is truly a Republican President when it applies to Foriegn Affairs and the military( the reason Mitt seemed his biggest supporter during the third debate) ...Sooo, poor John is losing his center, he should retire.
Can you imagine 4 years of McCain/Palin on the heels of 8 years of George W. Bush? On the plus side, we wouldn't have had to worry about McCain trying to be a drama queen to curry favor with the farthest right wing Republican primary voters as he did in his 2010 re-election campaign. But on the negative side we might have been in wars in Iran, Libya, Egypt, and Syria in addition to multiple surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.
America dodged a bullet in '08, and in the process got a competent leader who learns from his mistakes.
If that had happen a McCain/Palin ticket. omg! We would see pigs with lipstick or is it pit bulls? and Joe the plumer would have so many sinks to unclog. He would have to go across Palin's backyard to take care of the Russians too! ) hahahaha too too funny!
The simple and sad truth is John MaCain represents what America USED to be , and yet what America is now is a hyper- self absorbed bunch of midget suedo- socialist offspring , the leftover waste of a failed cultural revolution from the sixties generation . The offspring of ultral entitled trust fund babies , or those who simply wish they could be ! ..........lol
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