McCain Consistent In Attacks on Conservative Interests
I cannot think of any scenario in which I would vote for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., including him running for the position of the head of the “white wing” street cleaner crew in the employ of New York’s late Mayor William L. Strong.
But that notwithstanding, John McCain calling Paul the “worst possible [Republican] candidate” for president in 2016 is hubris on display. Apparently, there were no reflective surfaces nearby when McCain made such an asinine statement on FNC’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” or he would have glimpsed the reflection of one of the worst Republicans, rivaled only by John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, et al.
McCain threw his petulant little hissy-fit because he was outraged that Paul called him and Republican Lindsey Graham “essentially the lapdogs for … Obama.”
Since Fox News proclaims itself as “fair and balanced,” it would have been a novel idea to have a true conservative opposite McCain to point out to him the fluid recollection of his personal history.
It was McCain, a former (and threatened to be again) candidate, who was responsible for McCain-Feingold, which was known as the “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act,” enacted in March 2002, thanks to then-President George W. Bush’s promptly signing the bill into law. I argue that McCain-Feingold was nothing short of an outright attack on We the People and an abrogation of constitutional authority, because Congress tried to control that which it was not empowered to control. The end result was that it opened the door for the political morass and corruption witnessed today.
As I wrote in October 2007: “To ensure that the voters never again have the ability to have such criminal activity revealed, or be reminded of same before the offenders are elected, McCain co-authored the McCain-Feingold Act – a campaign finance reform bill that did absolutely nothing to correct campaign financing, but did have the desired effect of limiting what the voters could be told about the candidates.” (“Giuliani or McCain: Both are bad choices,” WND.com)
For those conservatives not born at the time, I remind you that five-minutes after McCain was elected he became involved in the “Keating Five,” which involved the largest savings and loan failure in history. The Lincoln Savings and Loan collapse cost the taxpayers $3.4 billion. It should be noted that McCain was the only Republican involved. The other four – John Glenn, Alan Cranston, Donald Riegle and Dennis DeConcini were all Democrats. It turns out that was a precursor of what could be expected from McCain. McCain survived the scandal; he married wealth and has made a career of sabotaging conservative interests to the delight of liberals and the media.
McCain and his “Gang of Eight” (liberal) senators advanced amnesty. McCain brought together Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Robert Menendez, D-N,J,, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Lindsey Graham, R-S,C,, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., eight of the most liberal pro-amnesty members of the Senate, to subvert the will of the people.
McCain and his “Gang of 14″ played a pivotal role in sabotaging Republican efforts to get President Bush’s judicial nominees to the Senate floor for a straight up or down vote by passing a historic rules change that eliminated the use of the filibuster on all but Supreme Court nominees. Thanks to McCain and his “Gang of 14,” Obama doesn’t need a super majority of 60 votes to get his judicial nominees to the Senate floor for a vote. Accordingly, Obama has been able to fill the lower courts with judges who share his ideology and who will hold their seats for decades to come – some of them probably finding their way to the Supreme Court.
As I said, I wouldn’t vote for Rand Paul, but for McCain to call Paul the “worst possible [Republican] candidate” is morally opprobrious and dishonest but obviously not out of character for McCain.
Ken Cuccinelli called McCain a “vicious, vicious, anti-conservative Republican.” Cuccinelli was much more polite than I am inclined to be. I say: “The only difference between McCain and Obama is that one of them has a crooked arm, which makes it easier to scratch the other’s back.”
McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy. That’s 894th out of 899 Cadets. Ergo, being a career politician was pretty much all he was qualified to do, because even convenience-store workers have to be honest.
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Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here