Skip to comments.Esquire puts Mccain on the Cover (The Mccain Mutiny Strikes Again)
Posted on 07/11/2006 11:35:49 AM PDT by SDGOP
Esquire Puts One Of Their Own On The Cover -- McCain
mccain2.JPG Sen. John McCain is the subject of a very positive yet appropriately elegiac profile in the coming issue of Esquire. Written by Chris Jones , it's slated for the cover.
The thesis: McCain is worried about the country he loves. And he's running for president, certainly for the last time, to save it. And because of who he is -- because of his iconoclasm, his war experiences, his conviction youre inclined to believe him and to believe that hes correct.
Esquire is an upscale, un-conservative gentleman's magazine. The title is very provocative: "One Of Us."
There's also a side bar about McCain's chief political adviser, John Weaver.
Here are two, somewhat out-of-context choice cuts from the profile, just to give its flavor.
McCain: "People always ask me if I'm still mad about what happened in 2000. What in the world is the point of being mad at something that happened six years ago? Did I like it? No. Was I angry at the time? Yes. Did I spend ten wonderful days after I lost feeling sorry for myself? Yes. There's nothing better than feeling sorry for yourself. But there's no point to it, either. I mean, how would it sound if I said, 'Dear citizens of Arizona: I'd like to run for reelection and represent you in the United States Senate. By the way, I'm still pissed off over South Carolina, so I'm sure you'll understand when I spend a lot of my time getting even.' It's over."
McCain: "I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel. We're not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget. We're going to take up this Family Marriage Amendment again. Why? The Republicans will vote one way, and the Democrats will vote another, and everybody knows it! It's pointless. I've never seen Washington as polarized as it is today."
McCain: "I would never say this publicly, but some of these talk-show hosts -- and I'm not saying they should be taken off the air; they have the right to do what they want to do -- I don't think they're good for America."
McCain: "I urge my friends who complain about the influence of the religious Right, get out there and get busy. That's what they do! Now, if we believe in the Republican party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, the big-tent party, then we have to get out there and show that. The fact is, some of us have sat idly by while those very active people have basically set the agenda for our party. I get attacked everyday because I'm working with Ted Kennedy. How can I work with Kennedy? Because I want to get something done."
More excerpts after the jump.
For weeks, McCain has plugged the immigration-reform package that he put together with Ted Kennedy and that will be voted on in the Senate next week. He has been attacked for creating a path to what he calls "earned citizenship" -- his critics call amnesty -- but now it's his turn to go on the offensive. McCain: "Are we a xenophobic, nativist country? Everybody in this room has an ancestor who came here for the same reason these people came here." Taking sips from their glasses of white win, many of those standing next to the piano [McCain is at a fundraiser in Darien, CT] nod, suddenly one with the Mexicans."
McCain: "I think the biggest mistake we could make is to underestimate Hillary Clinton. She's smart and she's tough. She's very disciplined in all ways -- unlike her husband -- and I think she's formidable. Plus, she already has $20 million in the bank. If we don't get our act together..."
He also believes that time is running out, not because he is growing old -- or not just because he is growing old -- but because our politics and even our sense of common identity have degenerated so quickly. The fact is, John McCain believes we are the ones who need saving, not him. Even with his audience's prodding, he refuses to speak ill of Mrs. Clinton. But in his artful, season way, McCain has given his audience his considered sales pitch for his brand of hawkish, no-bullshit conservatism, marbled with just enough compassion and reason and bipartisanship to set him apart from other Republican breast beaters. Tonight in Connecticut, McCain is of Connecticut. Tomorrow he will be of Delaware, and on Sunday he will be of Maine.
[On a charter plane ....]
"And as usual, there is an odd intimacy among the small group on board, often no more than a couple of longtime aides like Weaver. They share the newspaper, a couple of Heinekens, small talk. Tonight, shortly before touchdown, McCain becomes aware that his hair is standing up. "John," he says to [chief political adviser John Weaver, "I think my hair is out of place." He announces this out loud because he cannot lift his arms above his shoulders. Weaver, casually dressed and a soft-spoken Texas gentleman, reaches across the top of McCain's head, smoothing it. There is a tenderness in the gesture, as there is whenever Weaver straightens McCain's collar or brushes the lint from his jacket. There is tenderness, but there is also a kind of sadness."
"McCain: "I would never say this publicly, but some of these talk-show hosts -- and I'm not saying they should be taken off the air; they have the right to do what they want to do -- I don't think they're good for America."
Mclame isn't good for America
Sounds like hes still mad at rush for his joke about mccain being so in love with himself that he screams out his own name during sex.
Oh please, I'm going to hurl. Yes, we are aware of McCain's old war injuries (I assume that's what this is), but what's with the "tenderness and sadness" bit? How pathetique, the absolute pathos of it all!
Its become a cross between GQ/Punk/Playboylight.
lol he might be
That's absolutely correct. However, what you can't seem to get thru that thick numb-skull (Kennedy/Kerry influenced) brain of your, McPain, is that they came here "LEGALLY." Got it dummy?
Oh by the way (go ahead and flame people) but if he is the nominee--and the reasons are numerous, beginning with his treatment of all of us Vietnam Vets who "dared" criticize his buddy Kerry as well as his actions with regards to MIA/POW in Senate, among many others--I WILL sit this one out.
You want to get something Liberal done. It's the only reason anyone hooks up to Kennedy. Besides, when you hook up with someone of as ill repute and mocked by every late night talk show host in America because he's an over the hill alcoholic windbag with a past with a certain young woman that ended up dead, you get what you deserve.
Abe Lincoln was a member of the Big tent party? LOL!!
BTW, I'm soooo glad the bigot continues his attack on people of faith. Worked real well for him in South Carolina.
I would never say this publicly, but some of these talk-show hosts -- and I'm not saying they should be taken off the air; they have the right to do what they want to do -- I don't think they're good for America.
Of course you don't. That's why you've tried to silence them. Rush Limbaugh particularly really sticks it to you, doen't he? Every single time he does a parady of Maverick John McCain...every single time he points out you are a Liberal seeking to destroy Conservatives...how dare he educate primary voters that hate your guts and will be impassioned about the primaries and their goal to humiliate you across the country with a second and final defeat?
I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel.
Yeah, and you throw up your middle finger in respose with support for tax hikes, embryonic research, terrorists rights, Gang of Fourteen, amnesty, CFR.... Practically every damn thing that has gone WRONG these last years and caused frustration has directly been at YOUR hands you egomanical Liberal fraud.
We're not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations.
We dream, hope, pray and work for conservative policy and you choose Liberalim. yeah, I'd say you aren't representing us.
We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget. We're going to take up this Family Marriage Amendment again. Why? The Republicans will vote one way, and the Democrats will vote another, and everybody knows it! It's pointless. I've never seen Washington as polarized as it is today.
Talk to your Liberal buddies about that who refuse to accept CONSERVATIVE mandates and allow governance accordingly.
BTW, last I checked the Senate was only willing to vote to encourage a review of Schiavo's case, not mandate one, in a night vote. You get no plaudits from me coward.
And it took a matter of less then a week. Whereas your baseball hearings and Al-Quida legislation took..how long? How about your amnesty kick Senator? How much time has that taken away from controlling pork? And if you are so influential, why isn't prok controlled by now anyway? Unless you have NO influence unless promoting liberalism and use this pork platform as a means to hang onto a sketchy claim to conservatism.
Why focus on marriage? Well, for one, Republicans have followed your lead and carved a hole by embracing liberalism for two years. Being an election year in a sign of desperation they tried to butter up people they've ignored and need to get their votes. Oh, supporting marriage is the RIGHT thing to do to preserve our society but with amnesty you've shown you have no regard for that...
Yes, folks, I hate him. But before the "Moderates" (Liberals) get too upset at that blunt acknowledgement, he hates me. He hates Conservatives. He fired the first shot. So don't come after me for defending conservatism from the enemy and working to take this man down. As I will, in whatever election he represents this party in no matter is the consequence is an elected Democrat. he seeks to destroy conservatism from within the party and is far more dangerous then Hillary Clinton because of it.
No, he doesn't have my vote.
My friends always give me crap when i say i will never vote for mccain. They insist i must vote for mccain in the general election to keep hillary out otherwise she will destroy the country. With hillary we get gridlock, with mccain he'll just go about and destroy everything we conservatives have worked so hard to obtain over the years.
Just what we've been looking for. Another photo op for media whore, McQueeg...
I put "Esquire" in the same category as "Mother Earth News", Liberal fertilizer for New York City high-rise farmers.
I thought that he inherited his money from a Budweiser connection. Hmmmm?
Wait, mccain's wife owns heiniken? I'll have to stop buying it then.
You're stuck with me no matter what!
McCain vs Clinton
Reminds one of elections in the old USSR.
Two choices, one Party.
Well, admittedly McCain did more to destroy the 1st Amendment than the entire Dem Party did in the last ten+ years.
I stopped reading egomaniacal magazines after I found out what the word meant. Besides, the NYT supplies me with all the TP I need without being overly slippery.
This is also the man who posited that, if forced to choose between the First Amendment and "good government", he would choose "good government" every time.
In other words, at heart, he's a totalitarian.