With the South Carolina primary looming and John McCain back in the limelight as the Favored Son of the Media, now is a good time to review the history of the Distinguished Gentleman from Arizona. He’s the name you know, isn’t it time you knew more than the name?
Of course, McCain was co-sponsor of the single largest attack on the Bill of Rights to come out of the US Senate in the last thirty years. His law put “a federal bureaucracy in charge of deciding who can say what about politicians during campaign season.” But that is just the beginning of what makes McCain the wrong man for the job of President.
McCain paints himself as a war hero, a POW and a victim of torture. He was all of those, and, if the story stopped there, that would go a long way toward justifying a McCain candidacy. But the story doesn’t stop there. Ross Perot, longtime champion of the POW-MIA movement, states that “McCain was adamant about shutting down anything to do with recovering POWs” who were left behind in Vietnam or even sent to the Soviet Union to be used in human experimentation. McCain got out of the Hanoi Hilton, but is perfectly willing to leave other American’s unaccounted for in his quest to redeem himself with those he referred to in 2000 as “gooks.”
And McCain’s racist tendencies don’t stay on the other side of the Pacific. McCain has supported the forced relocation of Navajo in Arizona, in an odd blend of Kelo v. New London and the Wounded Knee incident (if not the massacre). That he supports this move to allow coal mining by Peabody Energy, while siding with global warming alarmists out the other side of his mouth makes this dark comedy even more farcical.
And what about Campaign Finance Reform? The Great One, Mark Levin puts it quite succinctly “by his own standard, McCain is corrupt.” Or, as the Senate Select Committee on Ethics put it:
Mr. Keating, his associates, and his friends contributed $56,000 for Senator McCain’s two House races in 1982 and 1984, and $54,000 for his 1986 Senate race. Mr. Keating also provided his corporate plane and/or arranged for payment for the use of commercial or private aircraft on several occasions for travel by Senator McCain and his family, for which Senator McCain ultimately provided reimbursement when called upon to do so. Mr. Keating also allowed Senator McCain and his family to vacation with Mr. Keating and his family, at a home provided by Mr. Keating in the Bahamas, in each of the calendar years 1983 through 1986.
“…[F]rom 1984 to 1987, Senator McCain took actions on Mr. Keating’s behalf or at his request. The Committee finds that Senator McCain had a basis for each of these actions independent of the contributions and benefits he received from Mr. Keating, his associates and friends.
And, to paraphrase the Committee’s conclusion, McCain stopped just short of prison, ending his actions on behalf of Keating as soon as he learned there was a criminal investigation underway. With friends like McCain…
And speaking of McCain’s friends, Charles Keating is a fairly upstanding fellow compared to another of McCain’s buddies – mob boss Joe Bonanno. At Bonanno’s 90th birthday party in Tucson in 1995, “Governor Fife Symington and Senator John McCain sent their regrets along with birthday greetings that were read aloud to the guests.” Symington was later forced from office while under investigation for his involvement with a failed savings and loan, was convicted on extortion and bank fraud charges and eventually pardoned by President Clinton.
In more minor matters: McCain dumped his wife who had waited for him while he was in the Vietnamese prison and married an heiress 18 years younger than himeself a month later. McCain can’t decide if he’s Baptist or Episcopalian, apparently it depends who he’s talking to. McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts before he supported them among other flip flops.
South Carolina Republicans should do the rest of the GOP, and the country, a favor and shut down John McCain during Saturday’s primary.
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Full disclosure: I can’t stand John McCain. He’s roughly tied with Hillary Clinton for 300 millionth place in my personal Presidential preference poll. And yeah, I know that Wounded Knee is in South Dakota not South Carolina…but who wants to wait until June 3 to lose this sucker?