Skip to comments.The John McCain Legacy Project [screwing the Republican Party]
Posted on 01/19/2009 10:35:12 PM PST by rabscuttle385
BLITZER: Rush Limbaugh today said, you know, he already has 60 because he just assumes John McCain is going to vote with Obama on everything. What do you think about John McCain's role in this new Senate?
BEGALA: John McCain probably not losing a lot of sleep worrying about what Rush Limbaugh thinks about him. The truth is, I think 60 is in many ways an overstated, overanalyzed number. My party has 59. Well, the truth is we have 59 in terms of party, but on issues, things divide very differently. The president-elect is doing a very smart thing in reaching out to Republicans, even if he had 60, even if he had 70 he's going to need bipartisanship.
RUSH: (laughing) These guys don't give a rat's rear end about bipartisanship. John McCain isn't losing any sleep. That's probably true. I think that's something you would expect from somebody who lost a presidential election and didn't care about it. Of course, he's not losing any sleep. But, ladies and gentlemen, let's get to what they were talking about. I had said on Friday that McCain -- Blitzer got it a little bit wrong -- I said McCain will be the one to shepherd Republicans in line for Obama's legislation so he gets the 60 votes and it will be filibuster-proof. I said this is going to be McCain's legacy. McCain wants to erase that he lost an election. McCain wants to get back on the good side of the Drive-By Media. So he will be leading the pack, and it's not going to be hard. In most cases, I think Obama is going to be able to get 60 votes without McCain, but McCain is still going to get the credit for doing it. He's got Olympia Snowe out there, he's got Susan Collins out there, there are a number of Republicans that would eagerly, 'cause they want to show for some strange reason that they are bipartisan.
Anyway, here's the point. New York Times today: "Obama Reaches Out for McCain's Counsel." By the way, look, don't doubt me. Don't doubt me. I know these people. "Not long after Senator John McCain returned last month from an official trip to Iraq and Pakistan, he received a phone call from President-elect Barack Obama. As contenders for the presidency, the two had hammered each other--" Somebody's memory of that campaign is different than mine because I don't remember too much hammering going on, except when Palin got involved. If there was any hammering going on, it was McCain hammering his own people, telling his own people, the North Carolina Republican Party to shut up and pull ads, telling Bill Cunningham in Cincinnati to shut up and get off the stage. The only time McCain hammered anybody was when he hammered people on his own side.
"It was just one step in a post-election courtship that historians say has few modern parallels. Mr. Obama said he wanted Mr. McCain's advice, people in each camp briefed on the conversation said. What did he see on the trip? What did he learn? On Monday night, Mr. McCain will be the guest of honor at a black-tie dinner celebrating Mr. Obama's inauguration," and then Colin Powell will be the guest of honor at another Obama dinner. They may as well throw Chuck Hagel in there, and then there will be another dinner honoring Joe Biden. I tell you, this may be the last time you hear from Biden legally. I don't think they'll be able to shut him up, but they're giving him the chops right now, "Okay, Joe, we're doing a dinner for you and from now on out, shut up buddy, we don't want any more, 'Hey, Chuck, stand up, buddy, oh, God, what did I do? Stand up for Chuck,'" as Biden addressed the St. Louis politician in a wheelchair.
"Over the last three months, Mr. Obama has quietly consulted Mr. McCain about many of the new administrations potential nominees to top national security jobs and about other issues." So there you have it. Depending on how much McCain can screw the Republican Party, he'll get his legacy from the Drive-By Media, that's what this is about. He wants to erase from his legacy that he lost the election. He wants his legacy that he made the greatest concession speech ever, that's something I'd love to be known for, by the way, to make the greatest concession speech in American presidential politics. And then to be the guy that makes sure that bipartisanship works, that Obama gets enough Republican votes to get 60 in there even when there are some Democrats that go off the reservation, McCain can cover it by getting Republicans. The Drive-Bys will love him. The Drive-Bys will love him again because he's going to be out there ripping his own party once again, which got him in good graces with the Drive-Bys in the first place.
On page two of this story, Rahm Emanuel, "whose only previous contact with Mr. Graham was negotiating the terms of the presidential debates, began calling him more than once a week to follow up. 'Constantly,' Mr. Emanuel said. 'There has been a running dialogue.'" So Lindsey Grahamnesty and Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, are now phone buddies. Doesn't that just make your day? Anybody surprised? "A spokeswoman for Mr. McCain did not respond to several messages. But Mr. Graham said he and Mr. McCain were convinced that Mr. Obama was genuinely interested in working together with them on both domestic priorities and foreign policy. 'Not only is it good politics,' Mr. Graham said, 'it gives you an insight into who we are dealing with.'" Yes, Lindsey Graham gaining insights on everyone in this love circle, except us here.
How come Chimpy McObiehitler didn’t offer him Secretary of State ?
Because McQueeg is a loose cannon better used to inflict damage on Republicans and conservatives, while occasionally accomplishing Rat objectives. In contrast, Hillary is very dangerous to Obama, and as the saying goes, keep your friends close...and your enemies closer.
Obama and McCain: the left and right legs of the socialist beast.
I’m waiting for Rod Serling to show up.
This is exactly why we didn’t want McCain. Now, tell me again how we got him as our nominee? Someone should investigate that one.
Open primaries might be a good start as why.
McCain is a truly disgusting creature. I think that he can get as much face time slamming Republicans as he and the media want to give him. He will still never live down the way that he threw the race to assure Barack Obama the presidency.
Republican conservatives will never forgive the little mutt. Either he is mentally unbalanced, or he has been a Democrat all along, just in the Republican Party to damage it.
I do remember that I have been referring to the little creep as the Manchurian Candidate for a long time now.
I have all the insights I need when it comes to O.
He wanted to deny medical treatment to a baby born alive following an abortion attempt.
As for McCain, if he ever had an ounce of integrity, it went down with him and his plane in Viet Nam.
Yep. Rush was so very right on these points. I was so glad to hear him talk about this today!
Bush, with his domestic spending lunacy (bail-out kool aid is but a symptom) and amnesty and...has harmed the party to the extent McCain has.
Tom Delay hurt the Party when he went on the Rush Limbaugh show and defended earmarks.
It may be a lobotomy is needed to be a politician in DC, if you are a Democrat. If you are a Republican you have to sit for the whole brainectomy.
“This is exactly why we didnt want McCain. Now, tell me again how we got him as our nominee?” ~ freekitty
Rush’s October 18th, 2006 Prediction Comes True: Sitting Out 06 Equals McCain 08 February 8, 2008
RUSH: I want to go back to the archives of this program. I want to illustrate for you my prescience. When I tell you that you are on the cutting edge of the societal evolution if you are a regular listener here, this will establish it.
This is prior to the November elections, the midterms, and I was getting phone call after phone call from conservatives saying they were not going to vote. They were mad as hell. They were sick and tired of the Foley thing and Macaca. They were sick and tired of Republicans not governing as Republicans, and to hell with it, and this is what I said to them.
RUSH ARCHIVES: This notion that it doesnt matter who wins because the Democrats arent going to have a big enough majority? Thats going to lead to another thing that I will share with you. Its going to lead to the nomination of John McCain for the Republican presidential candidacy.
In two years, you same people who will have helped bring about an ascension to power by the Democrats, are going to be so angry youre going to be so fed up over what they have tried to do, over the things they will maybe have accomplished, that you are going to demand power back, and you will accept anybody that you think has a chance of winning it. And right now, that looks like McCain, above anybody else who, I must tell you, is not a conservative.
And so what are you probably going to end up doing? Youre going to be so frustrated by 2008, and the thought of Hillary Clinton becoming president so obnoxious, so abhorrent; that in 2008 you will flush your precious principles down the drain and elect a Republican, precisely the kind of Republican you think youre running against now or you will at least nominate one. Who knows how that election will go?
So the very principle that you are fighting here, if you succeed, you will be given a candidate who fits the very thing youre angry about: somebody whos not conservative enough but probably has the best chance of winning.
RUSH: That was me on October 18th, 2006 from this very studio, from behind this very microphone telling you what was going to happen if you sat out the 06 November midterms to show those Republicans a lesson, that you were going to empower Democrats and theyre going to make you so mad over the things they try to do, and youre going to be so upset and so frightened of Hillary coming along that you will nominate anybody you think can win
and I specifically predicted, October 18th, 2006, that not voting in 2006 and not holding the House and not holding the Senate, would lead to the nomination of John McCain. It has happened. Dont doubt me.
I want to take this a step further. Now that I have your attention, I want to take this a step further, because McCain is the Republican nominee. It is over. Huckabee is going to stay in. There are five caucuses and primaries this weekend, and Tuesdays a biggie, and hell stay in to see how he does there, but hes going to have to get out, too. But hes going to do what he can to keep angling for the veep slot. He has no chance of getting the veep slot.
He will soon be thrown under the Straight Talk Express like everyone else that Senator McCain vanquishes. ...
Also see: Well, Rush was right on this one, mainly because the Huckabee voters were the same ones who stayed home in 2006 our of pique over feelings of being ignored. Remember how the PA voters turned on Santorum because he endorsed Specter, at the behest of the president? Santorum was one of our best conservatives, but they turned on him because of one lousy mistake.
17 posted on 02/08/2008 8:31:20 PM EST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
12 posted on Monday, June 09, 2008 8:15:29 AM by Matchett-PI
Hmmmmm. Funny how Rush or anyone would know that so many years in advance? Of course, could it be that McCain was pre-selected as the candidates we ended up with were really too much alike to ever agree upon and the real onservatives were thrown under the bus early.
Your answer sounds like that was probably a good part of it.
“Hmmmmm. Funny how Rush or anyone would know that so many years in advance?” ~ freekitty
Easy. Cause and effect. Elections have consequences. Those who sit home and don’t vote, or throw their vote away (on a non-viable party’s candidate), are just as responsible for B.O.’s win as if they had voted for him themselves. bttt
It is beyond my comprehension how anyone ever elected this man to any public office. Hello! He was in a communist brainwashing prison for five literally bloody years. He is the definition of a manchurian candidate. 0bumma is no better because he has also been brainwashed from childhood. We had no choice in this election after the primaries, and it didn't matter who won. McCain's programming has been leaking out for years, and it has now completely taken over his political personna.
You’re right about sitting out the election, not helping ourselves. I threatened to sit out the presidential election, but changed my mind as it became more and more obvious that Barack Obama, the Elmer Gantry of politics, was going to win.
I believe that Obama is much more dangerous than Hillary Clinton would have been.
What really angers me, is the fact that I changed my mind about McCain after he picked Palin as his running mate. I would still have voted for him, but I don’t like being fooled, and that is what McCain did, fool us.
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