Thursday :: May 20, 2004

The Mark Of McCain


by pessimist

The other day, in The McCain Enable, I wrote that if McCain were to accept the vice-presidential nomination on the team of John F. Kerry he would most likely suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Republican retribution. I felt that, despite the promise offered by Bob Kerrey that he could remain a Republican, the GOP wouldn't take kindly to McCain working against them.

As Blog Lord Steve Soto writes below, it looks like the GOP has already made this assumption. The character slurs are now beginning, and will only get worse.

Hastert questions McCain's GOP credentials

In a rare public swipe at a fellow Republican, House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday questioned the GOP credentials of John McCain, a U.S. senator who has often challenged party orthodoxy.

Talking to reporters, Hastert pretended not to know who McCain was when asked about a recent statement by the GOP senator from Arizona. As other House GOP members stood behind him laughing, Hastert, R-Illinois, then expressed doubt that McCain was indeed a Republican.

The exchange started when a reporter asked: "Can I combine a two issues, Iraq and taxes? I heard a speech from John McCain the other day..."

Hastert: "Who?"

Reporter: "John McCain."

Hastert: "Where's he from?"

Reporter: "He's a Republican from Arizona."

Hastert: "A Republican?"

Amid nervous laughter, the reporter continued with his question: "Anyway, his observation was never before when we've been at war have we been worrying about cutting taxes and his question was, 'Where's the sacrifice?' "

Hastert: "If you want to see the sacrifice, John McCain ought to visit our young men and women at Walter Reed and Bethesda. There's the sacrifice in this country. We're trying to make sure they have the ability to fight this war, that they have the wherewithal to be able to do it. And, at the same time, we have to react to keep this country strong."

This is on its own an outrageous statement coming from a wrestling coach who never went to war about a man whose family was there - repeatedly- when they were needed by the nation. His grandfather was the top admiral of the US Navy air forces during World War II. His father was a submarine commander in that same war.

Mc Cain himself almost made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War, suffering captivity for several years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. I think McCain has forgotten more about sacrifice in service to the nation than Hastert ever will know.

As far as I am concerned, McCain is more of an American than most Republicans will ever be.

Ever.

John McCain doesn't need me to defend him:

McCain, a prisoner of war during Vietnam, later released a written statement, taking issue with the spending habits of Republican lawmakers. "The Speaker is correct in that nothing we are called upon to do comes close to matching the heroism of our troops," McCain said.

"All we are called upon to do is not spend our nation into bankruptcy while our soldiers risk their lives.

"I fondly remember a time when real Republicans stood for fiscal responsibility.

"Apparently those days are long gone for some in our party."

Personal to John McCain: You've been the good soldier, loyal to the party you once belonged to. That party, as you are beginning to see, is long gone from the American political scene.

You've been the good soldier, honorably serving in your country's service as was traditional in your familiy's history.

It's time for you to be the good American, and help end the tyranny of the Bush (mis)Administration.

Take an example from your fellow Senator, Jim Jeffords. Place traditional American principles above partisan politics and cease pretending you're still a Republican. You aren't. As this interview with Speaker Hastert shows, your party has left you. No one will ask you to become a Democrat - Jeffords didn't - so you won't have to feel like you are compromising your personal integrity. But to keep this integrity, you need to act - NOW.

Once these evil bastards feel you have been neutralized, how long will Snowe and Collins and Chaffey be able to stand up to the assault? Not long, I expect.

It's time for the four of you - yourself, Snowe, Collins, and Chaffey - to act as American Patriots and end your associations with that entity that calls itself the Republican Party and to form your own with Senator Jeffords.

As a separate political bloc, you would hold the balance of power. You could still support the GOP when you felt it deserved it, but you could also do something about the predations against the American people - that you are now powerless against - by joining the Democrats in opposition.

What have you to lose? Nothing you aren't going to lose anyway. The Republican Party has to be looking for someone to run against you in the next primary. You can expect little economic assistance from them should you need it. Any committee chairmanships you are seeking will go to someone else. You will never be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

Similar plots against the others have to be underway as well - they aren't considered any more trustworthy by the BFEE/PNAC party leaders than you are.

You put country before self once before - it's time to do it again. For the good of your personal integrity, and the health and welfare of the nation you swore an oath to protect and defend, become an Independent and lead the others away from a power-hungry elite that has demonstrated they are not responsible in their actions.

You may never be the Leader of the Free World, but your call to real leadership is sounding loudly.

Answer the call. Please.

pessimist :: 5:38 PM :: Comments (12) :: Digg It!