Senator McCain, I Think You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome.

Obviously I have very little in common with Senator John McCain. But over the years I had a respect for his intelligence and his honesty. But ever since his 2008 campaign as the Republican candidate for president, he seems to be getting off the track in a big way.

This may be the wildest thing I’ve ever seen attributed to him and even though he walked most of it back a few hours later it is totally uncalled for and totally disrespectful of the president. In response to the issues surrounding the Orlando shooting:

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq,” a visibly angry McCain said as the Senate debated a spending bill.

“So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies,” McCain said.

But he later issued a statement saying that he “misspoke.”

“I did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself,” McCain said in his statement, issued as his initial comments were drawing heated criticism from Democrats.

Beyond the pale…even for the new version maverick Sen McCain. I think he’s finally joined the troop of wacko birds in the US Senate.

Sens. Warren, McCain to introduce bipartisan legislation to reinstate Glass-Steagall Act

This is a big fricking deal…

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are reintroducing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, which would force big banks to split their investment and commercial banking practices.

Glass-Steagall was first passed in 1933 but repealed during the Clinton administration, leading many progressives to argue that it contributed to the 2008 financial collapse.

Warren and McCain, along with their cosponsors, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), said in a statement that the legislation would make big banks that are “too big to fail” smaller and safer and minimize the likelihood of a government bailout.

The bill, which they first introduced in the last Congress, would separate traditional banking with checking and savings accounts from financial institutions that offer services such as investment banking, which are riskier.
“Despite the progress we’ve made since 2008, the biggest banks continue to threaten our economy,” said Warren, an ardent Wall Street critic, in a statement. “The biggest banks are collectively much larger than they were before the crisis, and they continue to engage in dangerous practices that could once again crash our economy.”

McCain said the repeal of Glass-Steagall led to “a culture of dangerous greed and excessive risk-taking” in the banking industry.

“Big Wall Street institutions should be free to engage in transactions with significant risk, but not with federally insured deposits,” McCain said in a statement.

John McCain Goes Stone Cold Tone Deaf

Last week President Obama visited a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Phoenix AZ. A hospital that has been the focus of issues with VA hospitals and healthcare. A hospital that is a long way from being ‘fixed’.

Senator John McCain (R – Arizona) was one of the other elected officials present during the presidents visit. Senator McCain was more than a little critical of the president and the lack of progress being made in getting the VA back on track:

Republicans who attended the session with the president, including Mr. Obama’s one-time presidential rival, Senator John McCain of Arizona, are dismissive of the president’s claims. They say that reforms in the enormous veterans health care system have been sluggish, and that many of the leaders who presided over the scandal are still in place.

In a statement after the session, Mr. McCain said that the meetings “served more as a photo-op for the president than it did a meaningful discussion of the challenges our veterans continue to face in getting the timely health care they have earned and deserve.”

Senator McCain? SHUT UP! Despite a distinguished career in Washington and overcoming the injuries he suffered as a prisoner of war during Viet Nam…he’s off base on this one. He has been a US Senator since 1987 (28 years) and a US Congressman before that (4 years).

So Senator McCain is also culpable for the issues and shortcomings of Veterans’ Affairs. Flat out his responsibility as much as anyone in Washington. 32 years responsible.

The president wasn’t the only one having a photo op moment!

The President Has No Spine: Syria Here We Come!

It is time to let the rest of the world get involved if they must…but it is time for the United States to stop thinking that we need to be involved in every local conflict in the world. But now, bowing to pressure from critics, advisers and purportedly former President Clinton, the president is moving the US more directly into the conflict in Syria. I warned about this back in April…it is STILL the wrong thing to do.

From today’s New York Times:

For two years, President Obama has resisted being drawn deeper into the civil war in Syria. It was a miserable problem, he told aides, and not one he thought he could solve. At most, it could be managed. And besides, he wanted to be remembered for getting out of Middle East wars, not embarking on new ones.

So when Mr. Obama agreed this week for the first time to send small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebel forces, he had to be almost dragged into the decision at a time when critics, some advisers and even Bill Clinton were pressing for more action. Coming so late into the conflict, Mr. Obama expressed no confidence it would change the outcome, but privately expressed hope it might buy time to bring about a negotiated settlement.

As I said in my earlier article, we failed in our original intervention in Afghanistan when we adopted an ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ policy and we are apparently ready to rejoin that position in Syria:

But the move also reflects nervousness in the White House about the increased involvement of Iran and its proxy group, Hezbollah, in the fight on Mr. Assad’s behalf. With the Syrian opposition on the defensive, a victory by Mr. Assad would be a victory for Iran as well.

Any number of other nations are already involved including Saudi Arabia. If they aren’t ready to step up their support of the Syrian opposition in a conflict on their doorstep…why does the US feel the need?

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, said he was “baffled” by Mr. Obama’s decision to become more deeply involved. “What exactly is our objective?” he asked. “It’s not clear to me that every nondemocratic government in the world has to be removed by force.”

And I’d like to leave with one last quote from the White House…which negates their whole position:

But White House aides on Friday again ruled out sending United States troops and dismissed calls for a no-fly zone over Syria, calling it “dramatically more difficult and dangerous and costly” than it had been in Libya in 2011, as Mr. Rhodes put it. And there is little domestic constituency for another American adventure abroad. (emphasis mine)

What’s the Deal with Progressives and Agism?

Just about a year ago, a candidate for local office visited Drinking Liberally to present a case for being elected over the long term incumbent. One of the knocks on the incumbent was the officeholder’s age put him out of touch with the district. Looking around the room at all of the gray hair and bald heads…many whose support at the doors, on the phones, and with contributions the candidate was hoping to gain…and knowing the incumbent was younger than myself…I commented to the candidate, that although I would accept the position that the incumbent was out of touch with the district and the area…I wouldn’t suggest attributing that to age. Instead of picking up on my hint, the candidate doubled down on the age theme. That candidate did not win and will not garner my support in any future attempts at elected office.

Just following the November 6th Presidential election, a rather premature Facebook discussion posited the question about potential Democratic candidates in 2016. Of course current favorite, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was mentioned. One of my progressive friends suggested that in 2016, Ms. Clinton would be 69 years old…too old to run for president. Senator John McCain was 72 when he was nominated at the 2008 Republican National Convention…and President Reagan was 69 when he started his first term as President (But of course they were Republicans, so we can discount that). So despite the recent lionization of former US Congressman David Obey, who was already over 69 during the protests in Madison or the reverence shown for State Senator Fred Risser who is well into his 80s, Ms. Clinton at 69 would be too old to be President. When I brought up the ‘elder’ statesmen Risser and Obey, I was reminded that the job of President is far more stressful and important than legislative positions. Maybe so…but I would suggest that the second most stressful job in US government…and one that is extremely taxing physically because of the continual world travel involved…is US Secretary of State…which by all accounts Ms. Clinton has filled with energy, grace, and diplomacy! And I think she could work circles around many of her far younger critics.

Is age one way of gauging a candidates fitness for office…well yes…I suppose it comes into play. But we should never dismiss out of hand a fully qualified candidate simply based on when they were born!

Yeah, John McCain knows a thing or two about “not being very bright” and “not qualified” (VIDEO)

Watch as Republican Sen. John McCain explains to CBS News that he would block U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s confirmation if President Obama nominates her as the next Secretary of State, saying she’s ‘not being very bright’ and ‘not qualified.’

Keep in mind that John McCain is the same man who as the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 chose as his vice presidential running mate former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who demonstrated how “bright” and “qualified” she was to be a heartbeat away from the presidency on more than one occasion.

Pardon me if I have a hard time taking John McCain seriously as someone “bright enough” or “qualified” to judge anyone else’s qualifications or decision making skills.

Oh, and for the record, here’s what Susan Rice really said about the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, free from Republican spin.

RICE: Well, first of all, Chris, we are obviously investigating this very closely. The FBI has a lead in this investigation. The information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. That what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. People gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent and those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are quite common in post-revolutionary Libya and that then spun out of control.

But we don’t see at this point signs this was a coordinated plan, premeditated attack. Obviously, we will wait for the results of the investigation and we don’t want to jump to conclusions before then. But I do think it’s important for the American people to know our best current assessment.

The fact is, anyone who’s looked at Susan Rice’s resume can see she’d be incredibly qualified to serve as our nation’s next Secretary of State, if President Obama calls her to serve in that capacity.

Michele Bachmann is an ignorant, bigoted, soulless human being

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a member of the most extreme elements of the conservative movement (and a Grade-A bigot to boot) has taken to smearing the reputation of Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a manner reminiscent of the anti-communist witch hunts of former Republican U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy.

Ms. Bachmann’s letter, signed by four other Republican congressmen, asserts that Ms. Abedin’s father (who died when she was a teenager), mother and brother are “connected” to the Muslim Brotherhood. It calls on the State Department’s inspector general to investigate the organization’s supposed influence in the U.S. government. In a separate letter, Ms. Bachmann asks how Ms. Abedin, who is Ms. Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, received her security clearance.

Ms. Bachmann’s accusations are tissue-thin garbage of the someone-said-something variety — or, as Mr. McCain put it, “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”

Much to my delight, the maverick version of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the floor of the Senate to come to Abedin’s defense.

The kinds of attack Michele Bachmann is leveling against Huma Abedin- an attack that seems motivated by nothing more than Abedin’s religion – defies the very principle of religious freedom that our nation was founded on. As a nation, we should be better than this, and I’m beyond disgusted that Bachmann’s vile and bigoted comments haven’t met with universal condemnation from anyone who has a soul and values the principles our nation was founded on.

Really John? Really?

H/T HuffPO: Last night Senator and failed presidential candidate John McCain told Sean Hannity that picking Sarah Palin, was the best decision he ever made:

John McCain has no regrets about the biggest and most controversial decision of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. Speaking to Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening in New Hampshire, McCain said naming Sarah Palin his running mate was “still the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Much drama has occurred since the McCain-Palin ticket lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. In 2009, several members of McCain’s campaign team trashed Palin in a Vanity Fair article, and in 2010, McCain’s daughter Meghan claimed Palin caused “stress, drama, panic” on the campaign trail.

I wonder what his rich wife (who set him up for the good life) or his kids felt about that? Personally, I always felt that by unleashing Sarah Palin on the country you put a black mark on your record that would never go away.

As if that was not humorous enough watch this:

PS: To Wiggy, This post is NOT about you nor is it about Vanity Fair.