Editor’s note, August 30, 2018: And yet two more superb essays regarding the departed Senator for Arizona. One from Cold Fury:
[…] McCain was the pluperfect example of absolutely everything wrong with Mordor On The Potomac and its despicable denizens—of the loathsome, twisted genotype colloquially known as “professional politicans.” His posthumous parting cheap-shot at Trump was petty, cowardly, and demeaning—to McCain, and no one else. It was the act of a true and irredeemable asshole, a jerk nonpareil; his forbidding Trump to attend his funeral likewise. Petty spite of such a low nature is John McCain’s proper legacy; may he be long remembered for it. […]
…and the other from Raconteur Report:
[…] Whatever you think of the soon-to-be-departed senator, please learn a lesson from him, and try to live your life so that your passing makes your contemporaries weep and angels sing, and not the other way around.
Editor’s Note, August 29, 2018: As if to reinforce all the negative stuff I’ve written about this piece of excrement who has shuffled off our mortal coil, this came in today (my emphasis):
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral.
Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation, and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony.
McCain fundraiser Carla Eudy confirmed to People that Palin had not been invited — possibly, People speculated, at the behest of the McCain family.
The news comes on the tenth anniversary of the date in 2008 when Palin was announced as McCain’s pick for Vice President.
Palin now joins President Donald Trump on the list of those barred from the funeral.
But unlike Trump, Palin never feuded with McCain and never criticized him. […]
Editor’s note, August 26, 2018: this was originally published last May as a defense of Sarah Palin. In light of Senator McCain’s death yesterday, I’m bumping it up today. I have zero positive feelings about this man and his career. My opinion of him can be summed up with a quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero:
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
I have never been shy about what I think of Senator John McCain. He is one of the most reprehensible members of my former political party — and he is in excellent company. Ten years ago, when he won Super Tuesday, I wrote a rather scathing letter (“Dear John“) where I explained why I would not vote for him that November. I had always thought of him as a Democrat in Republican clothing. Six months later, I was shocked that he selected Sarah Palin, a principled conservative to be his running mate. I was very pleased with the selection. Mrs. Palin, independent self-made woman, former Governor of Alaska, conservative, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-energy independence, became the bête noire of the media. The tactics of personal destruction were in full force and breathtakingly evil, even for them. The rest, alas, is history.
Over this past weekend, McCain — on his deathbed — stated to an interviewer that he regretted his choice of Palin and that in retrospect he should have chosen a Democrat, Joe Lieberman, as his running mate. This is just one more example of how reprehensible this man truly is. From the voter trenches I can confidently tell him that without Palin his margin of defeat against the second worst thing to ever happen to this country would have been much wider. McCain/Palin lost, yes, but it was not the embarrassing landslide defeat that would have occurred had he picked Lieberman.
Yesterday, the great John Nolte wrote a wonderful piece outlining all this, and ends it like this:
[…] Everything about Sarah Palin, her fearlessness, her governing record, her fight, her ideas, her refusal to conform in the face of unprecedented media hate and unrelenting backstabbing from McCain’s inner-circle — all of these things helped to drop the scales from the eyes of voters, which in turn paved the way for a Donald Trump to, at long last, shift the GOP base away from war, corporations, and pandering to illegals.
From the Tea Party to Trump, the GOP has not been the same since Palin strode into the spotlight, and now it is hardly recognizable from the calcified dinosaur McCain loved so. If that is what he regrets, that is a real shame, because on top of his military career, choosing Sarah Palin was the greatest service McCain ever performed for his country.
In that same interview McCain, allegedly involved in the dissemination of the infamous and fake “Russian dossier” against Donald Trump, said that he didn’t want Trump to attend his funeral. Instead, eulogies will be given by George W. Bush and by the aforementioned second greatest mistake. I wouldn’t attend regardless of whether he had told me not to.
Last July J. J. Sefton, the author of Ace of Spades HQ‘s always excellent ‘Morning Report’ had this to say about McCain when he returned to the Senate after a hospital stay to cast yet another vote against the will of the people, as was his wont:
I suppose the most galling thing was the revolting display surrounding John McCain as he entered the Senate in the guise of some revered elder statesman and great American. He’s not. He disgusts me. His entire life in politics has been in service of himself and his great, crashing ego. No doubt, in what may have been one of his final performances in the well of the Senate, he showed a complete lack of humility and willingness to even concede that those who oppose him (including people like us) did so quite passionately yet with no personal rancor. He has lived his life as an embittered old hack, defending a corrupt and immoral ruling class while railing against a decent and honest citizenry that seeks moral, civil and cultural restoration. Sadly, since if this revolting display is how he has chosen to exit this mortal coil, all I can say is ‘go.’ And give my regards to Teddy Kennedy when next you see him.
I couldn’t have said it any better…