There was a point in time when I had all the respect in the world for McCain. Back in 2000, I cringed at the smear campaign that Monkey Boy™'s team whipped up against McCain, suggesting that he was less than a patriotic American. Bush couldn't carry McCain's smelly jockstrap after a game of one-on-one. But McCain basically rolled over and died.
Few folks on the R side of the senate aisle have been as critical of Bush as John McCain. Yet at every possible opportunity, there's McCain, shilling and whoring for the man that he's declared as "not conservative", a man he clearly knows in his heart is unfit for the job. As recently as the other day, McCain was publicly calling on Bush to denounce the swift boat liars. Bush refused. At that time, I said if McCain had an ounce of self respect in his body, he'd resign his honorary post as chair of the Arizona Bush campaign.
Well, he didn't. And there he is, armlocked with his "buddy" down in Florida today.
What's Monkey Boy™ up to in Florida?
PENSACOLA, Fla. Aug. 10, 2004 — President Bush mocked rival John Kerry's stand on the Iraq war Tuesday and rejected the Democrat's timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops as the Republican campaigned with Kerry pal and Vietnam War hero Sen. John McCain.McCain looks like he has an M16 muzzle jammed up his ass, with the chimperor about to pull the trigger. It's the only explanation, short of some really interesting pictures of McCain with Paris Hilton, that could account for what we're seeing here.
Politics may make strange bedfellows - in fact, ever shall it be. That's the way it works. That's why they call it "politics". But this is a pairing made in hell - and for me, McCain has now made his own hell and political graveyard. I can't look at the guy the same anymore. He's completely sold out his alleged principles...for what??
That's what I can't figure out.
Now, I never expected John McCain to be on the Kerry bandwagon. The wishing and hoping earlier this year for a Kerry / McCain ticket was largely a media creation. It was never gonna happen.
But given McCain's personal history with Bush, and his shared history with Kerry, I just don't understand why McCain didn't choose to just sit this one out. There's something larger at work here that I'm totally missing. This isn't simple Republican politics.
Ah, it doesn't matter, I guess, because we'll never figure it out. I'm sure it also doesn't matter to McCain that my respect for him is gone.
See ya, John.