Sen. John McCain, who shares with Hillary Clinton membership in that exclusive club of losers of presidential elections, is counseling Hillary to accept the tragic death of her political career and move on.
“You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history . . . One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up. Listen, my own campaign manager was part of a book that trashed me. Steve Schmidt was one of the big contributors to Game Change.” And while McCain has lately announced plans for his own memoir, which will reach back to 2008, he suggested Clinton had erred in writing hers so quickly. “What’s the fucking point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do. You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do.”
Or, you know Hillary, just tell yourself, as someone once said, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Earlier this month, I contended that Sen. John McCain’s otherwise inexplicable vote to tank the Senate’s Obamacare repeal effort likely stemmed from lingering resentment over President Trump ridiculing him during the campaign for being captured by the Vietnamese.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain made a clear reference to Trump’s claim that he had a bone spur, which helped Trump avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance, is that we drafted the lowest income level of America, and the highest income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur.
McCain, of course, is absolutely right. But his comment suggests what I suspected, a grudge against Trump.
As a GOP primary candidate, Trump made a contemptible comment about McCain. But it was just politics – Trump surely knew that the base whose support he needed dislikes McCain, who is viewed as a moderate who favors amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Nevertheless, McCain is a reliable enough Republican that his complaints about proper procedures not being followed during the passage of the Obamacare “repeal” bill don’t ring true. He should put the country above his own pique. Republicans were elected to do one thing more than any other – get rid of Obamacare. McCain, in casting the deciding vote to maintain Obamacare, has violated this trust.
UPDATE: McCain denied Monday that he was referring to Trump.
A reporter, apparently from Fox News – MSNBC wants to make a big deal of this – asked Sen. John McCain whether his relationship with the president had deteriorated to the point that he would block anything that comes down from the White House.
McCain was furious. “Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb?”
Well, a couple of things on this.
First of all, the basic question is not dumb, but it was worded in a dumb way. I have little doubt that McCain’s personal pique at the president, probably stemming from Trump ridiculing his capture by the Vietnamese, is what caused the senator to sink the Obamacare “repeal” bill. His explanation that he did it because proper Senate procedures were not followed doesn’t hold water. So while McCain certainly isn’t going to block everything Trump proposes, if it comes from Trump, it will affect how he considers it. And that’s probably why McCain got so angry, because he knows there is truth in the question.
Another thing to note is that this is a McCain that used to be better known around Capitol Hill. He was viewed years ago as a hothead, but over the years, seemed to get it pretty well under control. That this outburst is happening now is somewhat suspicious. I know it’s not polite to say this, but at some point, the brain tumor that is going to kill him will start affecting his judgment and his behavior.
I feel horrible about it because I got to know McCain covering him years ago and got to like him immensely on a personal level, even if I sometimes disagree with what he does politically. But it will be important for him to make a determination about when he has reached the point at which he can’t perform his duties, because with the margin so close in the Senate, he wields enormous power, as we have seen.
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