Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

McCain: Sure, Obama could cave and repeal the new healthcare law himself

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

God bless him:

Political pressure might become so intense that President Obama would agree to repeal major portions of the healthcare bill he signed into law recently, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said today.

Even if Republicans win Congress in 2010, Obama could veto any legislation repealing healthcare reform. But McCain suggested the public might feel so strongly that Obama would cave.

“If the intensity level is as high as it is, I can draw you a scenario where the president would be forced to repeal or really replace it with the provisions [Republicans] wanted,” McCain said in an interview with KFYI 550.

Words fail.

What can you say after statements like that?  Keep in mind that this was the Republican party’s candidate for President less than two years ago.  Completely devoid of any political reality.

One wonders what the Senator would be saying if he wasn’t in a tough primary battle for his political life?

Blurring the lines

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The other night I was watching the news reports about Scott Brown’s first trip to Washington as Senator-elect, meeting and greeting with other Senators.  For me, the most awkward part was watching the meeting with Senator McCain.

It was that same uncomfortable awkwardness I’d feel during the 2008 campaign whenver McCain was asked a tough question or went off on an obviously staged speech about this, that or the other. 

I have no misconceptions that McCain supporting Brown, meeting with Brown the other day, was nothing more than crass opportunism.  It’s politically convenient for John McCain after spending the better part of the last decade embracing RINOism, especially the whole amnesty thing.   Convenient because of a dead re-election campaign back home, convenient because conservatism is on the rise again, a belief system that he failed to defend during the 2008 election, letting Sarah Palin do all of the heavy lifting.

But I have to say, I was a bit put back to read this in Michelle Malkin’s column this morning:

A reader from Arizona informed me the day after the Bay State Bombshell that he had received a robo-call from Massachusetts GOP Sen.-elect Scott Brown. “He basically wanted me to vote for John McCain in November,” the reader said in his description of the automated campaign call supporting the four-term Sen. McCain’s re-election bid.

Read it all.

I understand this to the extent that McCain was one of the first Republican politicians to endorse Scott Brown, even while Brown was still considered a long shot to win his election, and probably feels grateful for that.  But seriously, that’s where it should end.  I’m sure the McCain campaign’s media people are busy splicing together the robocalls and  the awkward images in DC the other day for his primary.  Makes me sick. 

I tweeted last night that it’s important for the conservatives to make a clear distinction between grassroots, real conservatism versus establishment Republicanism, the latter to which, John McCain belongs.