Feb. 1, 2013

John McCain: Maverick or Out of Touch

"His honor is pure and his courage as well,
He's fair and he's true and he's boring as hell!
And he'll go to the grave as an angry old man."
                      Billy Joel "Angry Young Man"


John McCain is not only an "Angry Old Man," but on Thursday January 31, 2013 he shouted to the world he is so far away from the mainstream, it is offensive and scary. McCain pressed Secretary of Defense candidate Chuck Hagel on whether the Iraqi surges were the "correct move" or not.

Hagel has been on the record for a long time, saying the Iraq war was wrong, even though he supported the war early on. Once American citizens found out that Saddam Hussein DIDN'T have Weapons of Mass Destruction, or ANYTHING to do with 9/11 he, along with MOST of the congress were aginst the Iraq war.

Hagel has been pretty vocal against the war for years, which has caused a split between him and McCain politically. Hagel once was a co-chair for the McCain 2000 Presidential race against "W." Now McCain YELLS at Hagel in public, as he did during Hagel's Senate Confirmation Hearing. McCain quoted Hagel as saying in 2007 that the surge was the "most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam."

"Were you right?" the Angry Old Man chirped. "Were you correct in your assessment?"

Hagel: "Well, I would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out."

It was ugly. These two former Vietnam Vets were once VERY close friends, now McCain is on the wrong side of recent history and lashing out at Obama's choice to get back at both Hagel and the man (Obama) who resoundly defeated him in 2008 for president.

McCain reminds me of Matthew Harrison Brady character in the play "Inherit The Wind" who keeps berating the non-believers about creationism. The Brady character has a heart attack and dies at the end.

My favorite line from that play is an exchange between Brady and Drummond. I truly believe this applies to McCain and Hagel:

Brady: " I do not think about things I do not think about."
Drummond: "Do you ever think about things that you do think about?"

Unfortunately John McCain seems to have lost his way and does NOT think about things he used to think about. McCain has lost his sense of reason that Iraq WAS THE WRONG WAR. He rarely mentions the war we are in. McCain has had a recent history of digging in and not reasoning at all and his outburst in the confirmation hearing was just another example of his unwillingness to compromise his defective and out-of-the mainstream views. 

America (55% of us) think the Iraq War was wrong to even venture into. McCain has said we should "Have a presence" there for the next 100 years.

The fine people of Arizona keep sending him back to the Senate and he is not changing with the changing times at all. It is time for John McCain to go on to the next phase of his life and let the people send a new representative to the U.S. Senate.