|By Neil W. McCabe (Bio and Archives) Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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It is now clear that Sen. John S. McCain III (R.-Ariz.) has completed his transition from being the Senate’s “maverick” to becoming the upper body’s model prisoner.
It is not just that McCain is a snitch, running to the press or the Senate floor, whenever a rebellious conservative disturbs the good order and discipline of upper chamber. The son and grandson of Navy admirals now meets in secret with the warden, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), to cook up new ways to undermine and thwart conservatives.
McCain was always a sketchy character. But, what really turned him into the warden’s pet was the worldwide phenomenon of Sen. Randall H. Paul (R-Ky.) filibustering the on the Senate floor from just before lunch March 6 until 12:30 a.m., the next morning.
Paul joined in his effort by the two other senators, Michael S. Lee (R.-Utah) and R. Edward Cruz (R.-Texas), the new Three Amigos. But, around 10 p.m., other Republicans senators showed up, including members of the GOP leadership team and the Minority Leader A. Mitchell McConnell (R-Ky.) himself.
The night was supposed to belong to McCain. He arranged for his GOP colleagues to dine that night with President Barack Obama, and because the partnership forged at dinner was brokered by McCain, it was supposed to make him the de facto leader of the Republicans.
But, all his plans were dashed as around 10:30 p.m., McConnell, who worked as hard as anyone alive to keep Paul out of the Senate, asked the other Kentucky senator to yield the floor to him, so he too could be part of the filibuster.
McCain was livid. He was so livid that the next morning he and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R.-S.C.) came to the floor to denounce Paul and the other senators in the filibuster as “whacko birds.”
Soon afterwards, Reid hosted a closed-door meeting of senators to commemorate the 40th anniversary of McCain’s release from his North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp in the old Senate chamber.
After that meeting, whatever loyalty McCain held for the Republican Party or for conservatism was wiped away. The Republicans had moved on from the 76-year-old son and grandson of Navy admirals, but the Democrats loved him and respected him.
Jilted and confused by his loss of status, McCain switched parties without switching parties. In the next battle, when conservatives rallied to defeat new restrictions on gun rights, McCain supported the Democrats and spoke in favor of a background check amendment authored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.).
Then, came the immigration bill, and McCain stood up for amnesty for illegal aliens and helped deliver another victory to the president.
In July, McCain helped the Democrats gut the filibuster itself in a magnificent surrender of minority rights, by which the Republicans agreed not to oppose the president’s nominees in exchange for the Democrats allowing the filibuster for nominees to stay on the books.
Paul had filibustered John O. Brennan for CIA director in March. In July, McCain made sure it would not happen again.
In the 18 months left in this Congress, conservatives must first recognize that no longer does McCain function as a conservative, nor a member of the GOP. He is a full-partner with Obama and the Democrats.
The primary option is not realistic. In 2010, former congressman J. D. Hayworth challenged McCain. But, Hayworth was not able to make the sale and lost by 24 points. Looking back, we see it was an opportunity lost.
All that can be done now it to treat him like the snitch he wants to be. The reason he does not formally switch parties is the chance the GOP takes over the chamber in the 2014 elections. If that happens, conservatives must be united in denying McCain a chairmanship or hefty boost in staffers that comes with being in the majority.
Neil W. McCabe is the editor of Human Event’s “Guns & Patriots” e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for “The Pilot,” Boston’s Catholic paper. He was also the editor of two free community papers, “The Somerville (Mass.) News and “The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.).” Email him: email@example.com Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.
Yes, many of us here in Arizona tried to vote McCain out of office through J. D. Hayworth, but the momentum was lost on the incumbent-Arizona-Syndrome wave of outside influences. I know there is a recall effort here in Arizona on McCain/Flake but am not sure how that is going. Petitions are being circulated at this time. It will remain to be seen if enough Arizonans will latch on to the effort.
Another good article on McCain-http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/a_maverick_in_his_own_mind.html
Karen......thanks for the American Thinker piece.......it's more documentation of McCain's outlandish positions, reversals, and general senility in my opinion.
This is nothing new. McCain is the only reason we are now stuck with Obama.
ROFLMAO.............look it's "HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY" for him today, OMG, that is a great picture. I wonder if an American POW can be shot but Americans for Treason ????
This article pretty much describes the opinion I have held about John McCain for many years. While I did vote for McCain for president, believe me, he certainly was not the choice I wish I had available to vote for. It doesn't take much to be better than what we now have in the Whitehouse. John McCain, like Harry Reid, are traitors to our constitution and everything it stands for and I cannot understand how they manage to stay in office, short of voter fraud. Maybe I give the voters too much credit for having common sense to remove them.
Well said Lonnie.....
Collaborator is a kind term if considering what these men have to say...........
I have watched this video several times.......it all boils down to McCain's loyalty to the United States in my opinion. And that loyalty is questioned in nearly all his obstructive positions as a US Senator..........he rushes all over the media pontificating about this and that........his face is now as objectionable as Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and other defenders of the American destruction.......
Macain always was a scumbag
He has just been renounced by the AZ RNC!
mcPain deserves to go done in history as a traitor. I think his war hero stories is just that stories. He always was a damocraps. Only tagged himself as a Republican because he lived in a republican state or he would never have been elected. We better take a second and third look at the war heros that come around. Remember Scott Brown (navy) and how fast he turned?