Skip to comments.McCain: Holding Grudges Is Stupid
Posted on 05/21/2006 7:31:33 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
Holding a grudge in politics is particularly foolish, says Sen. John McCain, and taking an expedient political position usually does not turn out well.
McCain has been criticized for reconciling with the Rev. Jerry Falwell, with whom McCain clashed during his failed campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. McCain, considered a leading GOP hopeful for 2008, gave the commencement address at Falwell's Liberty University this month.
"I think one of the stupidest things you can do in politics is hold grudges. It's a waste of time and it doesn't do anything for you or for your constituents," McCain said on "Fox News Sunday."
Critics of the Arizona Republican see the Falwell reconciliation as McCain's bid to win over right-wing conservatives. McCain, however, said he has found that political expediency can create problems.
For example, McCain said, in 2000 he supported flying a Confederate flag over South Carolina's Capitol to avoid alienating "a certain voting bloc" ahead of the state's presidential primary. Blacks and many others see the Civil War-era Confederacy as a symbol of slavery and racism, not merely an emblem of a heritage cherished by many white Southerners.
"I shouldn't be involved in it, it was a state issue. It was an act of cowardice," McCain said in looking back.
"We're all gifted, no matter how principled we are, with the gift of rationalization. But I knew it was wrong at the time, but I rationalized it: Well, you know, I can use this as a way to avoid a political, you know, downside. And it was wrong," he said.
Asked how he knows he would not do that again if he ran for president, McCain responded:
"Well, I've learned a lot of lessons in my life. I'm older than dirt. I've got more scars than Frankenstein, but I've learned a lot of things along the way. And that was a very strong lesson for me. And there have been other times in my life. But I can tell you that I know the difference between right and wrong."
All the grudges are against him, so of course he would have that position.
Allow me to be the first - McCain is stupid.
Was he a coward then or a coward now?
Translation: McCain is asking for your vote despite everything he has done, is doing, and has guaranteed he will do to oppose conservatives.
OMG, another McCain bashing thread. We need to show solidarity or the 'Rats will get us.
You only hold a grudge when it is practical.
You "kiss up" to people that you demonized because you know that you--like Hillary--need some religion before you can get somme serious number of votes.
John McCain is a prostitute.
Yep--- John McCain certainly hasn't held any grudges because he feels he's entitled to the presidency and yet was soundly beaten by a man he wrongly considered his inferior.
He was on FoxNews today, and when they calledhim the "REpublican presidential front runner", he just ate it up.
I just cringed.
Some solid Republicans better start throwing their hat in the ring.
Please forgive me - as a legitimately wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, I have a grudge against John Kerry. Thirty-five years later, I can't find a way to forgive or forget. How can John McCain call this man a friend?
Was he a coward then or a coward now?
That is a very good and deep question. I would like to hear from a shrink on it.
Or is it that we'll end up getting the 'Rats? I forgit.
I will hold a grudge forever against traitors.
I thought all 'pubs were equally good. Man, I get so confused here.
I watched him say that. I don't believe him.
If McCain get the Repub nomination in 08, do you vote for him?
heh heh heh
Someone should tell johnnymac that grunge died with Kurt Cobain.
I will hold a grudge against McCain forever. I sent that man $2,000 in 2000. What a waste! I will never forgive myself for such stupidity!
"All the grudges are against him, so of course he would have that position."
LOL... either that or a serious case of projection.
I don't hold any grudges against McCain. He can kiss my @ss anytime he likes.
No. Not going to happen. McCain's the candidate I walk.
Hey, quit laughing at me. ;-)
Sorry John, I have Irish Alzheimer's....I forget everything BUT the grudges
No, not even if the rest of GOP candidates were stolen by aliens - I would write in my own name before I voted for mccain. There is nothing he can do now, nothing he can say now, no one he can try to affiliate himself with now....I am as the elephant and I have a long memory.
just laughing at the transparent duplicity, that's all. : )
It's not a grudge McLame, it's a PROMISE. You have reached the pinacle of your political career. It's over.
"But I can tell you that I know the difference between right and wrong."
After 8 years of Bill, that may have been sufficient, but hopefully we've raised the bar since then.
Though I would ask McCain hwhy, if he considers it so "stupid", he's exercised one against G.W.B. for six years and led a charge to screw conservatives for six years because he wasn't chosen.
If it comes down to voting for McCain or Hiitlery....I'll take the prostitute.
Let me rephrase that, anyone in the republican party who polls show will thrash Hillary has my vote. Next?
I guess I'm stupid.
I have held a grudge againt this jerk since McCain-Feingold, his stand on gun show checks and the second Amendment, his ideas on internet political censorship, his teaming up with a bunch of leftist Dems to try to sabotage Conservative Supreme Court Justices, his stand on illegal invaders, etc, etc.
If this creep gets nominated - contrary to my vote to the opposite, I will vote for an independent candidate in the Presdiental election.
If I'm going to get screwed, I'd rather get screwed by somebody who is an open enemy than by some similing simpering Judas who claims he is my friend.
Well tough, I will always hold a grudge against McCain. He couldn't get my vote with a fistfull of twenties and I was living in a cardboard box.
NO. Nothing could get me to vote for McCain. I loathe him.
That is one of the big deficiencies I see with McCain.
McCain, and numerous others, were incarcerated in miserable conditions in Vietnam while Kerry was spreading lies about their behavior while they were in country.
McCain seemed to reconcile with Kerry even though Kerry has NOT retracted any of the accusations he leveled.
I find that contemptible. It even puts McCain in the same league as the other Vietnam war accusers.
There's little difference between him and John Kerry. Ask Ted Sampley, he's had them nailed down as being two peas in a pod for years.
Well .. McCain better be looking in the mirror .. because he's still holding a grudge against President Bush. It's the only thing I can think of to explain his actions against the President.
>>>>>"Allow me to be the first - McCain is stupid"<<<<
The line starts way over there... parking is free and we have a shuttle.
>>>"I will hold a grudge against McCain forever. I sent that man $2,000 in 2000. What a waste! I will never forgive myself for such stupidity!"<<<<
I kick myself for voting for Carter, we all have baggage.
>>>>"It's not a grudge McLame, it's a PROMISE. You have reached the pinacle of your political career. It's over"<<<<
I'm with you
NEVER. He is certifiable.
Read between the lines. What John McCain was really saying was "Holding grudges (when it hurts my political chances of being president) is stupid.
Thanks for pings, I am so behind on everything, lol!
Well, hurry up....follow along quickly now! : )
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.