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McCain annoyed by Scott Brown, New York magazine reports

New York Magazine has a long account of John McCain's reelection battle from the view of friends and former staffers. Here's one interesting anecdote -- McCain was bitter about needing Scott Brown's help in his first contentious primary in decades:

When Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's old seat and agreed to campaign for McCain in Arizona, McCain could hardly believe he needed a political neophyte from the Northeast to help him draw crowds in his own state, especially one who had declined McCain's invitation to campaign for him in Massachusetts (fearing McCain's Establishment taint). After a rally at Grand Canyon University, McCain was annoyed when Brown tried giving him campaign advice while they drove in a car together. Three nights later, Brown and McCain were scheduled to have dinner, but McCain canceled.

In Slate this weekend, Jacob Weisberg wrote that he's "stopped reading news about John McCain ... It's just too damned depressing."

By Rachel Weiner  |  July 12, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags: John McCain, Scott Brown  
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The McCain observations are right on point. McCain has certainly lost any espect I ever had for him. He dumped Sarah Palin on this country and that will be his legacy. Wait and see. She truly disrespects the American people despite all her mouthings. When will the public realize that she is in it for the money and the spotlight. She is going to crash and burn and I can't wait for that to happen. I admire President Obama and hope he has the strength to fight all the slings and arrows being thrown his way on a daily basis. He needs our support and deserves it certainly.

Posted by: atbf52 | July 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

The older John McCain get's, the more frequent his policy changes occur. Years ago, McCain truly was a distinguished politican, working for the good of this country. Since his defeat at the hands of a young black man in '08, not only have his policies changed, but his work ethic as well. He has become anyone and anything to gain political points.....yes today, no tomorrow, depending on the way the winds blow.

Let's not forget that not only did he call in Scott Brown for help with his reelection, but old pal Palin....who drew the crowds, but is beginning to sound like her cohort in crime, Michelle Bachman. If McCain stoops any lower, he'll be layin' under the earth. The new GOP.....pathetic.

Posted by: liberalwesterngirl | July 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a cranky ole 'coot. He's annoyed by everything! He blew his chance to be President because he couldn't take his eyes of Palin's chest. Now, his legacy will be the man who introduced the leader of the New American Fascist Party to America.

Posted by: thebobbob | July 13, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I understand why Senator Brown offered to campaign for John McCain, but I was disappointed just the same.

John McCain is an arrogant egotist, with a WWII mindset. He thinks we should never have left Vietnam, should still have a draft (McCain supports Obama's National Service), and should stay in Iraq forever.

He ran the most inept Presidential campaign in history, which resulted in the people of the us electing a neomrxist for President and Republicans losing very big in House and Senate Races in 2008.

McCain didn't even have the good sense to retire this year. I guess that elitist ego just won't let him accept the truth, and he can't give up those interviews and stories in The Weekly Standard. A magazine just about as irrevelent as McCain.

Posted by: rphillips1 | July 13, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Yes, even many individuals that identify with the Democratic philosophy USED TO believe that McCain could add to the political conversation. His 2008 presidential bid and now his re-election bid have shown that when under pressure, he has become a knee-jerk responder. I lost any confidence when I read his 2010 bill S3081 on Enemy Beligerents.

This bill is an indicator of how poorly he views and fears the citizens of this country. For whatever perceived failing of President Obama, McCain would have moved us much closer to a police state than anything since WWII, when we imprisoned our own Japanese citizens. Habeas Corpus...GONE!

His retirement will not be a loss to this country.

Posted by: axf56730 | July 13, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It must really rankle McCain that Scott Brown is better at being what McCain used to be--a reasonable moderate who cares more about the legislation than the party. so Brown is successful being John McCain and McCain is unsuccessful at being Barry Goldwater. It hurts to sell your soul and get nothing out of it.

Posted by: wd1214 | July 13, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It must really rankle McCain that Scott Brown is better at being what McCain used to be--a reasonable moderate who cares more about the legislation than the party. so Brown is successful being John McCain and McCain is unsuccessful at being Barry Goldwater. It hurts to sell your soul and get nothing out of it.

Posted by: wd1214 | July 13, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Sad story with Sen. McCain. Lost the presidential election because voters had higher standards. Then turned into the angry malcontent. Should do a movie on his career. Would make it a comedy, however, based on his record of change, one day to the next.

Posted by: tmd678 | July 13, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Sad story with Sen. McCain. Lost the presidential election because voters had higher standards. Then turned into the angry malcontent. Should do a movie on his career. Would make it a comedy, however, based on his record of change, one day to the next.

Posted by: tmd678 | July 13, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Poor old grumpy McCain. It's pathetic to watch him destroy his own reputation and makes everyone wonder if maybe he was never what we thought, honorable and honest. He's an outrageous flip-flopper, crank, and geezer -- showing mean-spiritedness, defensiveness, and impetuousness. Just what no one needs in a leader. He showed some class when he conceded the presidential election, but then he became Sour Grapes No. !, whining and complaining incessently. It's not a pretty sight. He should act his age, and resign.

Posted by: cturtle1 | July 13, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

McCain cannot retire until we ( Republicans) can produce a candidate who is intelligent, ethical, honest and not hypocritical. McCain is far better then JD the blowhard Hayworth who did not do anything to earn our trust the last time he was in Congress.

Posted by: antidonkey | July 12, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become a worse votewhore than Hubert Humphrey at his worst...John'll say anything and do anything to keep his Senate seat...after all, who'll listen to him once he's out of office? He's the nitwit that thought Sappy Sarah was Vice Presidential material.

Posted by: Jerryvov | July 12, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become a worse votewhore than Hubert Humphrey at his worst...John'll say anything and do anything to keep his Senate seat...after all, who'll listen to him once he's out of office? He's the nitwit that thought Sappy Sarah was Vice Presidential material.

Posted by: Jerryvov | July 12, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey people, give Gramps a break.

You just know he's under a lot of pressure from Cindy; that's why he's sweating his re-election.

If he loses, no way she wants his saggy old @ss moping around the mansion in Arizona (published in Architectural Digest!) or the condo in Colorado, or any of her eight other residential properties.

Posted by: HughBriss | July 12, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone suggested he retire and write a book. Not a bad idea. I even have the title: JOHN MCCAIN - NEVER A MAVERICK.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | July 12, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain should consider retirement..to write a book....perhaps.

McCain's judgement reference placing Palin on his ticket with so little review of her attributes (which are very few).

Posted by: LTC11A | July 12, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McInsane is directly responsible for "birthing" Sarah Palin's political career. He thereby deserves to receive a giant, filthy Army boot right up his old, wrinkly, cantankerous a-ho.

Posted by: law1 | July 12, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

...Yet for some good reason the media always seeks him out on issues and his cantankerous political sound bites. Why not leave him alone to vegetate...and see how the pol reacts!

Posted by: hariknaidu | July 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a cantankerous old geezer who will now say and do anything to get elected. It must really gall him to see Brown, an attractive Republican of the more traditional type--- alas, that there are so few of them around these days----getting so much attention. So who cares about McCain anymore?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | July 12, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I like John McCain. He's a straight talker (when he's not running for office), and seems to be an all around good guy.

You can't blame him for anything he did or said in Vietnam, you'd say anything too if you were being tortured.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 12, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's impaired judgment lead to him crashing a plane in Vietnam, signing a confession letter while imprisoned in Vietnam, being one of the Keating 5, his childish tirades over the years, and his selection of Sarah Palin.

Why do you expect anything other than what he's showing today?

Posted by: HillRat | July 12, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

We're not just annoyed by McCain, we're disgusted by McCain.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Depressing? McCain did this all to himself by falsely running (and losing badly) as a 'war hero' and cursing the universe with that idiot Sarah Palin. I don't feel sorry for him in the least.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 12, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This says more about what John McCain has become in terms of temperment that it does about Scott Brown.

I'm a Democrat and thought McCain was a man of conviction in 2000, but by 2008 campaign he came across as nasty and mean. He's done little to change my impression of him since the election.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | July 12, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

So what? The whole of America is annoyed by John McLame, the man of zero character and principle.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | July 12, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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