I’m going to say it because nobody else will: John McCain is a traitor
Not just, as Mark Levin noted last evening, a “useful idiot” for the left, but an actual traitor — a man who runs his campaigns lurching to the right only to return to the Senate and cast his lot, intentionally and in a way that was pre-planned, with Senators Reid, Durbin, and Schumer, three of the most anti-constitutional, cynical, and reprehensible Senators in the once august body. Who, because they support fundamental tranformation, and actively agitate for it, are enemies to the country as founded.
John McCain is a walking, babbling, fart-dusting poster child for repeal of the 17th Amendment: he doesn’t represent the interests of his state, which is bad enough; but he also doesn’t represent the interests of the GOP base, whom he despises — we’re Hobbits and wacko birds, remember — just as he despises those who dare to speak for them. As one of his aides let on, McCain “fucking hates” Senator Ted Cruz.
Lacking the courage to hold a colloquy with Cruz during his twenty hours of filibustering (yes, filibustering — as it was intended, remember?), Republican Senator John McCain — in collusion with Democrat Majority Leader Reid and the execrable Chuck Schumer (both of whom fearing intellectual embarrassment, also lacked the stones to go head to head with Cruz, who had previously shredded the hapless demagoguing of Dick Durbin and turned Tim Kaine into a feckless foil) — took to the floor afterwards and made the case for surrender and “settled law”, his pitch being that, because Obama won the 2012 election, the issue of ObamaCare had been decided.
Forget for a moment that the GOP establishment, who had previously given us an awful McCain candidacy, gave us as a candidate the one man who could not fight Obama on ObamaCare, he and his staff, in conjunction with Ted Kennedy, having been the architects of the state usurpation of private healthcare; instead, pay attention to the underlying assertion McCain is making, which comes down to this: rather than a system of checks and balances (the people also elected, for instance, a GOP House), McCain believes the US to have a set of revolving kings whose agendas are set once they win elections. That is, he’s both pro-authoritarian and pro-majoritarian — though only when it suits his purposes.
– For it was John McCain who fought the elected George W Bush on his tax cuts (forcing a battle of their expiration); just as it was McCain who, along with Lieberman, pushed for Cap and Trade — again, against the stance of the elected Republican President.
Meaning, McCain didn’t seem very much concerned at that point over elections having consequences.
The simple thing to do is to declare McCain borderline senile and as a result, easily manipulated by the left. Like a lot of erstwhile “conservative” judges. But that gives McCain too little credit. He has always been pro authoritarian and pro big government, from McCain-Feingold to cap and trade and amnesty, and he knows that what he advocates for gives him what he most desires: plaudits from the left and a “maverick reputation. And so attached is he to that delusion of his importance and influence that he’s already bracketed the 2008 election, in which the press instantly and predictably turned on him.
Just as McCain was a beaten POW, he is a beaten Senator, looking for ways to please those whose ruthless uses of power he so admires.
I wrote before that John McCain may single handedly (and that’s only because I don’t count the dainty wrists and fingers of Princess Lindsay, the slavish yes man to McCain’s Carvelli) bring down the Republican Party.
That may or may not be the case.
But what he is doing is showing us why so many conservatives simply refuse to turn out for elections, and why more and more the people — the Hobbits, the sheep to be herded and managed — are disgusted with a presumptuous, arrogant, overreaching ruling class that has manipulated the system until they believe they are beyond our control and influence.
They may be right. But many of us plan to test that premise.
Personally, I no longer give a tinker’s fuck about being labeled “extremist” by those “conservatives” who tout their own “nuance” and pragmatism — code, merely, for always retreating while rationalizing their retreat as savvy political maneuvering. And I consider people like McCain, who actively collude to undermine the will of the people — McCain can read the polls; he knows ObamaCare is wildly unpopular; and he can see how it is damaging the country and destroying the workforce — while pretending he’s doing so out of sense of political comity and collegiality, out of deference to the “voice of the people” as detailed through a presidential election in which conservatives stayed home in droves, having the choice either to vote for Obama or vote for the man who gave Obama his signature legislation.
This is a lie. And McCain knows it.
He just doesn’t care. Because he is more addicted to the plaudits of the Beltway insiders within the media and the government than he ever was to the desire to represent his state’s constituents.
So yes. I consider him a traitor. And I don’t much care how unhelpful it is to say so.
Now, as far as useful idiots go, there’s always Joe Scarborough. So we’ve got that covered, as well.
There. You may now commence your further banishment of me from the public discourse, barnacles.