John McCain – Warmongering Buffoon

John McCain is a man I once respected. He seemed like a decent, moderate Republican. The sort that I might disagree with, but could still think highly of.

Then came the 2008 Presidential Election. That was when he pandered, shamelessly, to the worst aspects of the Republican party, and when it came time to make the most important choice of his political life, that of vice-president, he picked a clueless jackass who he’d only barely ever met or talked to. Since then he’s basically disintegrated ever further, and now has just become a warmongering buffoon, almost a parody of what he used to be.

His current suggestion is that we should start arming the Ukrainian military in their fight against Russia/Russian-backed revolutionaries. This comes in the wake of a Malaysian Airlines plane being shot down over Ukraine, apparently by the revolutionaries (on a side note, I’d hate to be the insurance company that covers MA right now). This idea is, to put it mildly, irresponsible and stupid.

Does McCain forget what generally happens when we fight proxy wars against Russia/the Soviet Union? It usually ends badly for pretty much everyone involved (here, here, here). Does he really think that further destabilizing an already unstable situation is really wise? Does he really believe that turning a brush fire into a firestorm is a good idea?

McCain is, in a word, a buffoon. We are lucky as hell he didn’t get elected in 2008, because if he did, we’d likely have troops not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also Iran, Syria, and now possibly Ukraine, plus God knows how many other places. He wasn’t suited to be president. At this point, he’s not even suited to be a Senator. He’s barely suited to be dog catcher. I really hope that we change our senators soon.


An Early Christmas Present – UPDATED

So it goes… the Senate has finally voted to end debate and allow voting on a bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Finally.

This comes after John McCain stood before the Senate and basically said that allowing gays to serve openly would result in soldiers having their legs blown off. I don’t imagine that legs are what would be getting blown, but it’s good to see that Old Man Bitter hasn’t given up the fight yet. I hope everyone who is gay and voted for him back in November, particularly a friend of mine, feel suitably betrayed by this jackass.

Sadly the Senate did not move forward on the so-called DREAM Act, which would allow illegal aliens brought here as kids by their parents a chance to contribute and have their status normalized. The bill would have required them to serve in the military or go to college. It’s not a perfect bill (I think they should just be allowed to stay regardless of school or the military), but it’s better than what we have now. The Senate also has yet to move forward on START, for reasons that baffle me.

But still. We have progress on DADT. Finally.

*** UPDATE ***

The Senate will vote on a full repeal at 3pm EST today. Special congratulations and thanks to the Republicans who voted in favor of ending the debate: Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and George Voinovich of Ohio.

*** UPDATE 2 ***

It’s done. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, will be a thing of the past once Obama signs off on it.

About fucking time.

John McHypocrite

Living in Arizona can be very interesting at times, especially when it comes to politics. We’re a basically libertarian state with Republican tendencies, but especially in Phoenix it’s not unknown for Democrats to get elected. Our previous governor was a Democrat, for example, as is the Congressman who represents my district. We voted GOP in the 2008 Presidential Election, but it was a close thing, and I’m pretty sure we would’ve barely gone for Obama had not a certain Arizona resident been on the ballot.

Yes, John McCain is one of Arizona’s Senators and is currently in a tough primary re-election bid against former Congressman and former right-wing talk show host, J D Hayworth. This means I’m getting to see lots of fun ads for John McCain.

McCain used to be a maverick, or so he said in his book, but these days he says he’s not a maverick and never claimed he was, not even in his book. He’s someone I used to have a lot of respect for, but I have since lost any that I used to have. This is at least in part due to bullshit like that “I am/am not a maverick”, but it is also due to his behavior during the 2008 elections, his choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate (I initially thought she was a good choice, but I can admit I was wrong), and, lately, due to his ads here in Arizona.

Now McCain is a Republican. I think if asked, one of the many things people would agree with is the notion that the Republicans are against welfare, against government, and against government spending for the sake of job creation. Given that, can someone please explain to me McCain’s recent ad?

So basically McCain is telling us here that we should be happy that he’s brought so much government money to our state; money which has created many jobs and which is, arguably, a form of welfare. So explain to me how this is ok? How is it alright to have government created jobs when they are military jobs, but not in any other way? Isn’t this basically just the same thing the GOP claims to be against?

Oh, well. I’m very unsurprised by anything McCain does these days. I hope he loses to Hayworth. I don’t think Hayworth is electable on a state level and I think the Democrats stand a damn good chance of getting back into the Senate. I hope so, anyhow. We can certainly do without a loser like McCain.

The Runner-Up In the 2008 Election

I am no great fan of John McCain. The rest of you can forget about the horrible campaign he waged in 2008 and how he inflicted Sarah Palin on the world, but we here in Arizona cannot.

Now he’s in a new electoral fight against JD Hayworth, a former Congressman and current right-wing talk show host. He’s exactly what you’d expect him to be, and the antithesis of what McCain was prior to the 2008 elections.

McCain is actually having to campaign for office this time around, so he’s began airing ads here in Arizona. If you haven’t seen ’em, you’re about to.

Blah, where to start? First off, war hero my ass. His great achievement was surviving his third plane crash and being taken prisoner. Now yes, he did refuse early release and that was a good thing, but come on, dude. It was 40 years ago! Haven’t you got anything better to campaign on than this?

Second, “Arizona’s last line of defense.” Against what, pray? JD Hayworth is even more conservative than McCain. One would think the GOP would love to have him in office.

Lastly, “character matters”. Yes, it does. Character to do things like not pick probably the least-qualified running mate in the history of American major-party politics, let her run circles around you in the media, not force her to actually give press conferences, flip-flop on a lot of what you claim to believe, sell-out the little guy in the name of big business and do whatever you can to block banking and health care reforms. Yes, this is some real character.

God, what an ass. I hope Hayworth does beat him in the primaries, because I’m pretty sure the Democrats can trounce him in November. Even if McCain does get elected, I’m pretty sure it’ll be his last term, then he’ll step aside.

Now that would be real service to our country.

Poll – Oh, Like You Can’t Guess What This Is!

My Last, Best Guess

Election Day! I hope all of you who are eligible to vote are going to go out and do so!

Here’s my final guess on how I think the Presidential race will pan out.

360 votes for Obama, 178 for McCain

360 votes for Obama, 178 for McCain

Now, some explanation.

Despite McCain’s efforts, Obama will win Pennsylvania pretty handily. I expect he’s going to barely win in Ohio as well. Despite Indiana being listed as a toss-up by most people, I think they’re still going to end up going for McCain, same with Missouri.

Meantime, I think North Carolina will barely end up in the Obama camp. I think it will be by less than one percent. Florida will do the same, but probably by about two percent or so.

There’s a bit of wishful thinking with Montana and North Dakota, but not much. Montana has a very popular Democratic governor who has been pushing hard for Obama. As for North Dakota, shows Obama up by three points there.

And since I’ll have to explain Nebraska, here we go: I’ve read from a number of sources that there’s a large enough black population in Northern Omaha that they might be able to turn that one and only district in the state blue, thus giving Obama one electoral vote there. I may end up wrong, but I don’t think I am.

Further I think in a lot of the traditionally red states that stay red, the race will be closer than people expect. Watch for narrow victories in Georgia, and possibly even here in Arizona, where I think McCain will win, but by less than four percent.

Mind you, I’m just going by my instincts here. All this is entirely a guess on my part based on things I’ve read and seen. Regardless, the details might end up different from how I describe, but I think the conclusion will still end up the same.

Our 44th President will be Barack Obama.

And So it Goes…

There’s been many papers, people and other media outlets who have endorsed Barack Obama’s run for the Presidency. Now comes the latest endorsement. What makes this one particularly notable? It’s from the Anchorage Daily News, a paper which has really done well and come to the national spotlight during this campaign.

From the endorsement:

Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.

To me this perfectly encapsulates several good ideas. First there’s the fact that it doesn’t really matter where someone comes from (you listening, left-leaning Arizonans?). What matters is who they are and what they do. Palin may be an Alaskan (she’s spent most of her life there, after all, despite being born in Idaho), but to the ADN that doesn’t matter, nor should it.

They also notice what many of us, including myself, have noticed. The way that Obama, “…displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand.” They’re right. Obama has been cool, calm, and steady during this economic crisis. McCain spent the first couple days running around like a chicken without a head.

Another great point:

Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn’t show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years.

Prior to making this blog back in February, I was telling my friends, and especially my mother, who I talk politics with often, that I wouldn’t mind a President McCain. I didn’t want him to be President, but at the time I thought he was centrist enough that I could at least accept it. I also had quite a bit of respect for the man.

Now neither of those things are true. He’s shown himself to be as much of a wingnut as several other members of his party and because of the way he’s handled himself in the campaign, I have no respect for him anymore. It’s sad, cause I wish I still did.

Another point I agree with the ADN on:

On a matter of parochial interest, Sen. Obama opposes the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but so does Sen. McCain. We think both are wrong, and hope a President Obama can be convinced to support environmentally responsible development of that resource.

As my father, a former Alaskan who did some work up in the area of the oil fields, pointed out to me, “If you picture ANWR as a football field, you can put a postage stamp in one corner to represent the area of drilling.” Also he explained once that due to the protected nature of such areas if you are driving a vehicle and have the choice between hitting, say, a goose or a person, hit the person. There’s less paperwork. I think he was joking.

Here’s the beautiful summation, to which I have nothing at all to add:

Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.