The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | July 27, 2011 | 61 Comments

That was the complete text of a Twitter message — except I spelled out the first word — I sent when I heard about this:

Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.
By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.
“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.

(Video via Eric Scheiner at

If there were any justice in the world . . . Well, it probably wouldn’t be wise to finish that sentence. But I think you see why I supported J.D. Hayworth in last year’s Arizona primary, and why I bragged on Election Day 2008: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bob Barr.” However, I felt it necessary to apologize to my Twitter followers today:

And this seems like a good time to remind readers that I’m raising money for a shoe-leather trip to Iowa.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey offers a Tolkienesque rejoinder:

By the way, just in case in you don’t recall … the hobbits win in Lord of the Rings. They got a lot of ridicule from the elite and the powerful along the way, but they end up saving the West from ruinous destruction.

And just in case anyone’s discouraged by these RINO gestures from twerps like Crazy Cousin John, remember that the Democrats don’t have their act together, either:

Dem lawmaker: ‘Nobody I know’ has seen Reid plan

UPDATE II: This is the fun stuff:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he ordered GOP lawmakers to “get your ass in line” behind his debt proposal during an interview Wednesday on a conservative radio show.
“My goal is to continue to work with all our members so we get them to the point where they say ‘yes,’ ” Boehner said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

UPDATE III: As of this writing (3:18 p.m. ET) the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down nearly 200 points. I blame John McCain.

UPDATE IV: Ace of Spades has some good stuff.


61 Responses to “‘F*** JOHN McCAIN!’”

  1. Bob Belvedere
    July 28th, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    Who give a flying fuck what you say, dickfacehead.

  2. ThePaganTemple
    July 28th, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    That’s possible Finrod, I don’t know, I just heard it in passing and didn’t catch who the pole was by. Granted, Fox analysts for the most part seems to be urging support for something, anything. One exception is Sean Hannity.

    Bear in mind though, the American voter is notoriously fickle and unreliable. They tend to be conservative when that’s in their own best interests, and liberal when that’s better for them. What’s most important to remember-the same American voters who will demand you take a certain course of action will just as quickly cut your throat if that very action works out badly. Its as if they think politicians should be able to make things work right whether the action taken makes sense or not.

  3. Charles
    July 28th, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    Telling John McCain to f-off for exhorting House Republicans to support the Boehner plan is also telling John Boehner to f-off. So now f-ing Boehner has to look to Nancy Pelosi for a few dozens votes, well that just refangs the defanged Nancy Pelosi as you can be sure Nancy Pelosi will want something for those votes. But f-ing John McCain should f-off for not wanting to give those things to Nancy Pelosi.

  4. ed
    July 28th, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    Well now we know who is the Saruman of the Senate.

  5. Anonymous
    July 28th, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    I’m exaggerating with the 60 percent of course, but it’s all too common to see double-digit differences between party identification in these poll sample sets when compared to sane party identification numbers like Rasmussen uses (which is because he polls for that and specifically that, regularly).  That and polls of ‘Adults’ are completely useless for political purposes, because ‘Adults’ don’t vote.  Adults trend D more than Registered Voters, which in turn trend D more than Likely Voters.  D-slanted media love to throw in those polls of Adults without mentioning that fact because it always makes their side look better.

    And even if you take all that into account, polls are generally calibrated with a 95 percent confidence interval, so even the best of polls will on average have 1 in 20 that are outside their valid range, which could be anywhere from just outside to completely bogus.

    So I’m not really worried about one poll that purports to claim that voters blame Republicans 3x to Democrats, when I’ve been seeing Rasmussen consistently saying that voters are blaming both parties, but Democrats slightly more than Republicans.

  6. Dave C
    July 28th, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    No.. It’s because you’ve proved over and over again how much of an idiot you are here..

    So anytime you go long form here, people know it’s an automatic TL: DR  because of your introspective naval gazing.  

  7. Golfer601
    July 29th, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    If  McCAIN did’t have Sarah Palin.   no Republican would have vote for the closet democrat.