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John McCain's errors in judgment

Ever since his shameful performance at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on "don't ask don't tell," everyone is asking the same question: what happened to John McCain?

The Arizona Republican was the guy Democrats liked because he said and did things that made him a burr in the saddle of the GOP and conservatives. McCain held a more compassionate and realistic view of immigration reform, which put him to the left of his party. The former prisoner of war stood up to President Bush and upheld American ideals when he said without equivocation that the U.S. should not torture. And the revered war hero was one of the few GOP voices to say that gays and lesbians should serve openly in the military if Pentagon brass came to him and told him that it should be done.

And then he changed.

When McCain understood that he would face a revolt among the conservative base of the party if he chose Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to be his vice presidential running mate in 2008, he tapped then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. On paper, she seemed perfect.

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But it would be a move that would later call into question McCain's judgment. How could he have put someone so unprepared for duty a heartbeat away from the presidency? He wanted to do what it took to win.

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Now, because McCain is facing a tough primary challenge back home, he's tacking to the right. Sadly, his lecturing of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen on Tuesday is another sign that his desire to win is trumping judgment and principle.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 4, 2010; 8:09 AM ET
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McCain is my Senator but I have never known him to visit my county (Cochise), He is more at home in Europe or the middle east than middle america.
Earmarks? We don't need no stinking Earmarks!....Ya easy for him to say from one of his wife's 8 homes.

Posted by: storystick | February 4, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

These latest 'machinations' from the Senator from Arizona call directly into question, When, if ever has he put "Country First"?

And also, does the 'Maverick' disappear when his Senate seat is being challenged?

Wouldn't it have served the good Senator more to keep his integrity re: the challenge from his 'right' and take a page from the playbook of his good friend, Senator Lieberman and run as an Independent?

Sadly, Senator McCain's choices of late, demonstrate that he may just be another 'polictical' hack.

Posted by: DariMD1 | February 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I miss the old McCain. I liked that bad boy when he -not Ms. Palin-was "going rogue." I was enthralled and energized by the Straight Talk Express, the ideas exchanged, the frank talk, the "no holds barred, no subject off-limits" attitude, the interviews he gave and access he granted. I loved that guy - he spoke directly to me and I looked for him to bring it again in 2008, to make the discussion about ideas, to present the people with a wonderfully tough choice about which of the two, amazing candidates would do the best job for the country; in short, to really make my decision difficult in the election. But he never showed up, replaced by a seemingly embittered, mistrustful, hold-the-cards-to-the-chest campaigner who displayed deep cynicism and a "do-anything-to-win" attitude. I feel like Senator McCain has finally been eaten by the right wing of his party, and like many, I am disillusioned and disappointed in this turn of heart. I could barely watch him spit out his speech at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. It was a wincing moment, to see him bring himself so low.

Posted by: SHansen1168 | February 4, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Now that McCain is just another Senator, with no chance of anything else, he has to play to his base. McCain has not grown at all.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 4, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's pursuit of the presidency within the GOP party has destroyed a man for whom many once had affection and great respect. In place of the fair-minded, noble giant is an increasingly bitter old man. He should consider just retiring.

Posted by: uh_huhh | February 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If these are the contortions McCain has to go through to fight off a buffoon like JD Hayworth, he should just pack it in now.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain is the poster boy for why bipartisanship will not work. As you say, he is the Repub who has a history of standing on principle regardless of party wishes. Thus, one of the first things Obama did as president was reach out to McCain. McCain rebuffed Obama and immediately moved to the party position on everything. The Palin choice was troubling not only because she was unqualified, but because it was made in a hurry due to McCain not being able to anticipate party blowback if he chose a Democrat as VP. What else can't he anticipate? He has run out of excuses on DADT, but I expect him to continue disembling on that.

Posted by: mxyzptlk1 | February 4, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I would have voted for the McCain of 2000, both in 2000 and 2008. But in between he was transformed into the antithesis of the McCain 2000.

He has become the standard, typical Republican politician who will oppose his position if it looks like, heaven forbid!, it will be implemented.

It is very sad to see, and a very sorry testament to the state of the Republic.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | February 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

It was the far right in his own party that did McCain dirty, not the Dems, even in the '08 election. Maybe he should remember that.

Posted by: creatia52 | February 4, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Look Sarah is a mobster, a new century crooked politician gansta. And she does it with a smile too. She says thank you when she takes your money from you. Look she quit her post as governor, to become a millionaire -- McCain made her a millionaire! She sets up a PAC and this is how she does it:

McCain's got the magic touch, even more than the president, just ask joe the plumber.

Posted by: republicanblack | February 4, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

If the Repubtriotic party had won the election and McCain passed on,so what.
Any one who thinks President Palin would be in charge is sadly mistaken. All of McCains cabinet would be in place. Dick Cheney would be appointed her chief advisor. She would be told what, when and how things would be done. Face it she might then read all of them, newspapers.

Posted by: scac1 | February 4, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

McCain has become the symbol for what is wrong with our country.
How can we instill values into our children when people like McCain continue to do anything or say anything to reach their own goals and NOT GIVING A FLYING FIG about the people who chose him.

The man is either senile because he seems to change his ideals like his underwear, or is just a Horrid little man who believes he is ENTITLED to the job.

Posted by: kare1 | February 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Naval Aviator McCain crashed enough expensive jets to be grounded twice over, because "Daddy" and "Granddaddy" were both Admirals.
Annapolis "student" McCain would not have completed the Naval Academy, except for "The Two Admirals." As it was, despite having the "legacy" -- he finished at the bottom of the class, known for being the most disciplined midshipman.
His aerial skills were so great, his plane was downed by North Viet Nam defenses, and then, while far less patrician officers held out for four to seven years without breaking, McCain made propaganda films for the enemy.
After being freed, he ended up shacking up with a young blonde heiress in Hawaii, and with his wife and the mother or several children in a cancer ward, he walked in on her with divorce papers.
Now, we are supposed to be surprised when he reverses his position on following the military commanders' lead regarding "Gays in uniform."
McCain has always been a spoiled, pampered "legacy", totally lacking in moral integrity.
The ideal modern Republican candidate, leading the way for those heroes of Nam-Era Air National Guard ranks -- Danny Quayle and George "DubYah" Bush.
This writer was born a Southern Republican in 1932, working in GOP campaigns until the party embraced the Dixie-Crats.
Sadly, John McCain personifies why thinking, traditional Republicans have left the party.

Posted by: pahrumpete | February 4, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain was a poor student "Midshipman", a poor fighter pilot, and before selecting a moron to be his running mate his main claim to fame was being a shot down POW. Whats new?

Posted by: fare777 | February 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The God of Carol Shepp McCain has struck and seeking revenge. McCain is old, tired, confused, and doesn't know where the wind is blowing.

He is bitter, filled with his own importance, a true entitlement white man. He and his GNoP compatriots denigrate the success of minorities as "affirmative action". Yet, it is "affirmative action" legacy that got him into the naval academy. Out of 899 students, he was fifth from the LAST. Still he feels like he is superior.

Carol, you had to suffer humiliation when he dumped you. Sit back and see how this will come back to him as he is dumped by Cindy and the people of Arizona.

Posted by: hadelaide | February 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This is precisely why Mr. McCain lost the election to President Obama. After eight years of Bush the nation was tired (and a bit scared) of another President who made decisions "from the gut". Bush's decision to attack the wrong country (Iraq) for the wrong reasons (WMD) earned him the distrust of many Americans including many Republicans. And when McCain picked a totally unqualified person (Palin) he appeared to be just another Bush. The maverick McCain I would have voted for in 2000 no longer exists. He has sold his soul in order to keep his job.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | February 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why anyone ever thought John McCain was principled. He was a notorious womanizer, cheated throughout his marriage and continued when he returned from Vietnam starting a relationship with his second wife while still married to the first; he told two of the filtiest, most revolting jokes about women I ever heard, and despite this clear indication somehow persuaded people that he was acting from principle. The real John McCain has just stood up again.

Posted by: withersb | February 4, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain may well be the biggest poseur in DC. The "war hero" who wasn't. The "maverick" who wasn't. The "man of principle" who wasn't.

Posted by: mgorman1 | February 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

You know the man has to know he's sold his soul.

And it's sad.

Posted by: Hillman1 | February 4, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan hits the nail on the head. McCain has become a caricature of his fromer self. An angry, bitter, frightened little old man who will never be President. All he has in his life (other than a few hundred million dollars) is his Senate seat. So on top of selling his soul and our country down the river with his Palin choice, now he is utterly bereft of morals by saying and doing anything to appease the wingnuts in his own party who are threatening to take him down in the AZ Republican primary.

It is high time for Senator McCain to retire from public life before his carefully plotted story line disappears forever.

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: gilbert6 | February 4, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is a 72-year-old man still running for office? Retire, already. Suggestion: Volunteer with some nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in their community. And yes, this suggestion for retirement applies to all of the elderly people in the House and the Senate.

Posted by: gsross | February 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I must admit my own flawed judgment, I respected John McCain and John Edwards.

Posted by: LeeClarke1 | February 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm with gsgross - it would be great if every politician over 65 retired; they're all so out of touch it crazy.
Most of them, like McCain, have so much money they can't have a clue what it's like in this economy, and they're completely out of touch with modern culture.
Unfortunately, neither McCain nor the rest of them have anyone's interest in mind but their own.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | February 4, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Some people will fall for anything! If you don't see by now you never will. This is about John McCain not middle America. He expects you to be patsy's. While he pads his pockets.

Posted by: minco_007 | February 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a bitter, fossilized loser who doesn't care what happens to this country, any more than Bush did or his fellow Republicans do now.

Posted by: ottoparts | February 4, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there ever "was" a John McCain for us to ask what happened to that person. He always found a niche to exploit and went for it. When he found that his best chance of winning primaries was being the "anti-establishment" candidate to Bush's establishment "air of inevitability," he filled that niche. When he was angry about having been lied about and having had his named dragged through the mud in the 2000 primary, he decided to be the "maverick" who would stand up to Bush. I think he was sincere about the torture issue, because it affects him so personally. But I think that now that he's the guy who got beat by Obama, he feels he has to be the "thorn in Obama's side."

Posted by: constans | February 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What happened to John McCain? More like, what happened to our media when they hopped on his tire swing?

Posted by: firenze_italia | February 4, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, brother. Capehart is upset because he thinks an Arizona senator should act like an East Coast liberal, like himself. Weird. But the world doesn't rotate around Washington, DC, or around Jonathan Capehart, for that matter.

McCain's stands are well within the mainstream of American political thought. Polls show that conservatives outnumber liberals by a 40 percent to 20 percent margin. DC journalists forget that, living inside their Beltway bubble, and going to Georgetown cocktail parties, where everyone agrees with each other about the "McCain problem," and it's like being in a room full of bobbleheads.

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | February 4, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder: if there were a vibrant and really competitive centrist party, with the Democrats being home ONLY to the staunch progressives and the Republicans being home ONLY to the staunch conservatives (as in fact they are fast becoming), would McCain still be a Republican or a Centrist?? Hmmmm . . .

Or would he still have his finger in the air, trying to discern the direction of every slight political breeze?


Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | February 4, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain only fooled his base - the Villagers and Beltway Pundits - and now they are seeing what everyone else did, a phony maverick who puts John McCain ahead of country, party, and principle.

Posted by: Tiparillo | February 4, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I long for the day when when we will have the choice to elect Statesmen to run the business of our nation instead of having to dredge for bottomfish to fill the slots now being scrambled for in Washington. Sadly, the one or two we have elected will be swallowed up by the greed and avarice we now witness every day.
Just the thought that millions are spent for $150,000 jobs and there is poverty and sick in our nation is so ludicrous that the only place it garners any attention is in various forms of comedy.
John McCain and his pick for his teammate are perfect examples of how funny the situation was last year. We were trying to find a leader for the free world's most powerful position and the Republicans evidently thought the whole situation was a joke. After what was a total ruinous 8 years of the worst example for a statesman in the history of our nation, there was absolutely no remorse and along came an old man and a cheerleader to take their place. WOW
The really funny thing to watch nowadays is how serious they try to convince us that we are the buffoons. I would have to admit that we did let them steal two elections and now are still afraid to fight for what is right. Where are the Statesmen? We need you.

Posted by: Lincoln74 | February 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

A cursory review of John McCain's marital history is all you need to know about the man. Past is prologue, as they say.

Posted by: goldengateview | February 4, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Of course, McCain will continue to appear on all the Sunday shows and NO ONE will bother to ever bring up his major flip flops on issue after issue.

If it's Sunday, it's John McCain.

Posted by: howie14 | February 4, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

mccain is a bitter, cranky old man who can't deal with losing ... and spending the remainder of his life living off his wife's trust fund (well, except for those double-dipping monthly checks he'll be getting from uncle sam).

and he's been a bitter, cranky old man for years -- and the village magpies are only now taking notice.

bummer ... i guess that means no more picnics at that rustic cabin for the eager to please political press corps.

Posted by: mycomment | February 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

A sore loser of historic proportions.

Posted by: nixrox2 | February 4, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain only says things like that when he thinks you will never possibly get around to doing them.

Makes him feel good about himself and convinces slower folks that he might just be half normal.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | February 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

judgement...what judgement?

McCain has been on the federal benfits teat since the day he was born and is not sufficiently evolved to have ever developed empathy for a single average American who has ever had to fight and claw to keep a roof over their children's heads.

He makes me sick.

Posted by: edismae | February 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What used to be a Bible-believing great nation suddenly became a nation of non-believing liberal IDIOTS.

It's been prophesied that God will burn the liberal parts of America and it will soon happen.

"Likewise, their men have given up natural sexual relations with women and burn with lust for each other. Men commit indecent acts with men, so they experience among themselves the PUNISHMENT they deserve for their perversion." (Romans 1:27)

"Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate."

Posted by: spidermean2 | February 4, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Yet when Colin Powell changes HIS mind about homos in the military he is met with accolades from the WaPo hacks and Barry's flacks. Hmm? No accusations of being a flip-flopper against Powell.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 4, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Never in my lifetime have I seen an entire political party bent on destroying and humiliating the President of their country.
Most of the Republicans in Congress have never served this nation in uniform or put themselves on the line for its citizens. They have totally sunk to their lowest degree and have no semblance of being patriotic to this nation.
For McCain and his party members there is nothing but their shameful behavior. Shame that they are working only to bring down the country's President and in so doing to deeply endanger our country. They did the same thing to Clinton over sex, but to their own pedophiles, wh***-mongerers, adulterers, bathroom sex seekers, they closed their mouths and their eyes and failed to even excoriate them publicly. They cared not a fig about the deep humiliation of the Clinton family and were giddy with glee at their ability to do so, which surely shows their complete lack of class, culture, civility and intelligence. McCain is just another Republican who lives well on the money they get "from the government", socialistic in their minds.
Mr. McCain has been using his POW status as his busfare for most of his life and never once have I heard him mention over 591 POWs who also suffered. I'll bet if a gay soldier had been able to effect his escape from his captors, he wouldn't have cared one iota about what the soldier's sex preference was.

Posted by: papafritz571 | February 4, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile on another front in the "culture wars", it is revealed that Mark Sanford had insisted on removing the requirement of "faithfulness" from his marriage vows with Jenny. Yep, these are the self-appointed "guardians" of marriage! Right wing hypocrites, telling us how marriage should work and who should be allowed to try it. God why does anyone listen to these fools?

Posted by: B2O2 | February 4, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

He should appear on a Sunday talk show with his wife.... and then have her interrupt him when he is speaking. THAT would be a ratings grabber.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 4, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

What McCain has to become to win his primary is actually more of an idictment of the extremism of the conservative wing of the country, than a statement about him.

If he doesn't tack to the extreme right and sound sufficiently like a Taliban Mullah in western drag, the conservatives will reject him. It's a sad, sad part of America we are talking about.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 4, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

When you get past his rhetoric, he's just another hack. mgorman1 above has it right--a poseur, above all.

Posted by: bitterblogger | February 4, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

his is about being reelected as was Ms. Palin - give us a woman...never mind that whe is not, she did not have to go to Harvard, Columbia, teach Constitutional Lay...all she has to do now is read books, study history, geography and even a tutor will help her... We want our leaders to speak several know history, to appear to be part of the world...why not now? Yes, a Mom has lots to do, but, Moms also need to be educated and to at least, appear to be aware of history, geography of the world...yes, they can hire staff, but,,,our wordly people know and their vote on our ignorance is important!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 4, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

It is tme to go home, spend time with the wife and children...relax and .......whatever....

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 4, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Where to start---why has it taken so long for McCain's press admirers to notice the obvious. He's never been a leader in the Senate and he did a 180 on a supposedly signature piece of legislation on torture. he was a legacy at Annapolis and having Daddy the admiral got his lack of aviation skills ignored. This is a guy who never had much integrity but somehow touched the sensitivities of supposedly hardnosed journalists like David Broder and even EJ Dionne. This probably isn't the last "What's happened to John" article from someone who once had a man crush on him. We have more to suffer through, yet.

Posted by: thebuckguy | February 4, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a frightened old man. Rightwing teabaggers are after him; he'll blubber rightwing conservative nonsense until the election.

Worse, Palin. Not very bright, in fact, foolish. Quit when the going got tough. Sold an egotistical book of lies based on her looks. Now, with money, a loose Teabag cannon rolling around the deck.

Since when did our great democracy become such a laughingstock? Won't let it happen. My ancestors will rise from the grave to support Obama.

Posted by: dudh | February 4, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was built up by the press during the 2000 election cycle. During the "Straight Talk Express" tour he charmed the reporters who gave him great press, for God only knows what reason, probably because they didn't have anything else to do except fool around on the bus.
As many others have pointed out, he NEVER really had anything of substance to offer. Therefore, during a time when everyone went along with everyone else, his beligerance was appealing to the macho reporters.

Posted by: cms1 | February 4, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

What has taken the press so long? McCain has not been the "straight talk express" maverick for a long time. Once the MSM gets a narrative going it seems that it is very hard for it to give it up. Better late than never, I guess.

Posted by: jswallow | February 4, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain hasn't changed! He's the same crooked senator that he's been since the Keating 8 affair.

The difference between McCain and other senators is that he loved to hid behind his "hero" crap status.

What you see is what you get and what has always been. McCain can not relate to the average American and proved this during his campaign.

Posted by: cuppajoe | February 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Stick a fork in McCain . . . he's overdone. Lying, cheating, phony that he is.

Posted by: Bugs222 | February 4, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell changed his position as well, but apparently that's not "shameful."

Every time President Obama is in trouble, his defenders want to talk about something else: his predecessor, Bush, or his election opponent, McCain.

When tomorrow's January unemployment figures come out, expect more efforts to change the subject.

Posted by: WylieD | February 5, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

What happened to John McCain? Absolutely nothing. He's always been a bitter egomaniac. He cares about himself and nobody else. The Keating Five scandal proved that more than 20 years ago. For McCain, being moderate about gay equality, or anything for that matter, was nothing but a sham to sell himself to the American public. And now the teabaggers are turning the GOP into their own personal play-thing, so McCain is trying to reinvent himself again to please the voters who he'll be answering to in the up-coming primary.

It is as simple as that.

Posted by: edta | February 5, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Former navy captain, prisoner or war, and present senator from the state of Arizona, he is above and beyond all a chameleon, contrary to his role as a "Lone Ranger" out to set wrongs right. He thinks from his guts, concentrating on self preservation, even if he appears to take risks, riding all the time on his father's reputation. He lied repeatedly about crashes and bail outs of very expensive jets. He betrayed fellow prisoners of war by denying that any were left in Vietnam. He got into serious trouble by playing down and dirty with the Keats Savings and Loan scams. He would rather shoot craps in a private casino room opened for him and his entourage than go directly to the senate where he was wanted. That he should betray his own words to the armed services comes as no surprise. If you want a hero, look to those who died in the Soviet Union or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Otherwise, Senator McCain is a barrel of laughs.
of laughs.

Posted by: gasup2 | February 5, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

What happened to John McCain? First of all, McCain has always been a rude hothead, and a not very bright one either. Now, he is just a bitter, nasty, old, man and a sore loser. He is so afraid to lose his enate seat (and whatever relevance he still has) that he'll twist with whatever direction the right - wing wind comes.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 5, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain called a then-adolescent Chelsea Clinton a "dog" and joked that Janet Reno was her father. It says it all. How pathetic, petty, nasty, and utterly classless, does a grown man have to be to publicly demean a teenage girl for her looks? That's McCain for you. Some maverick!

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 5, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

As a moderate Democrat I love the Tea Baggers and I'd like to give out a big shout to Ms. Palen for showing up at their convention for the modest fee of $100,000. The tea baggers not only split the Republican vote (as they did in upstate NY), but they also push so-called moderate and independent Republicans even further to the extreme right. Most Democrats would never be a part of a movement that actually questions the citizenship of the President. The only votes in play are Republican and Independents. McCain is already self-destructing and flip-flopping all over the place.

Posted by: gary16 | February 5, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"On paper she seemed perfect"??? To whom? On paper - and in person - Palin is the singularly least impressive person tabbed as a VP in modern times, including Dan Quayle. Only someone truly lost in the la-la land of the Beltway could think that an ignorant quitter like Sarah Palin was perfect for anything except a beauty pageant...

Posted by: jjcomet | February 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"What used to be a Bible-believing great nation suddenly became a nation of non-believing liberal IDIOTS."

This little gem speaks volumes about the intelligence of those "Bible believers." And his moniker? Spiderman2. Real intellectual types those Bible-thumpers. But at least he's consistent - never reads non-fiction, apparently.

Posted by: jjcomet | February 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain hasn't changed; he's always been a cynical opportunist whose opinions vary with the political climate. Right now he thinks he has to suck up to the Teabaggers, so taking a hard right turn.

Posted by: AHermit | February 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The bigger story is why the american press lies down for the 'centrist' opportunists: McCain, Lieberman, Nelson, etc.. These bipartizan hacks are the cancer that is rotting the Congress. The right is not better, look at Shelby today blackmailing the Senate, holding up the nations business to get his Alabama pork.

Looking back at Palin's speeches I am amazed that no one called her on the amazing arrogance they show. She is the judge of real americans? She is pure and we are dirty? Get stuffed Palin and take your moron parade with you.

Posted by: skotmcarthur | February 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"How could he have put someone so unprepared for duty a heartbeat away from the presidency? "

And why is she considered less prepared than our current White House resident? I keep seeing the above statement but no one ever seems to explain why BHO is qualified.

Posted by: rwdavis2 | February 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Who would you rather serve with in the military:

(1) a gay man who works hard and respects the chain of command, or

(2) a reckless "maverick" who didn't follow orders and in doing so got himself captured as a POW?

The second one, the idiot who jeopardized his unit and got himself captured, him we call a "hero".

The first guy, him we kick out of the military.

Posted by: Len_RI1 | February 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

["And why is she considered less prepared than our current White House resident?"]

Because the current WH resident understands the issues, knows what the Constitution says, and would never figure himself an expert on foreign policy merely on the basis that you could see a foreign country from his home state. He also reads newspapers and could tell you which ones, rather than merely quip "all of them!"

Now, how about you list some ways in which former half-term governor Sarah "the quitter" Palin would be more prepared to be president than Barack Obama? If you can.

Posted by: edta | February 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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