Skip to comments.John McCain: I apologize to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for calling them “wacko birds”
Posted on 03/15/2013 8:40:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The key bit comes at 2:00 of the video below. We all knew McCain was taking a lot of heat politically for dumping on Paul after his filibuster but I never would have guessed it was enough to squeeze an apology out of him. Good lord. How many times in his life, do you suppose, has Maverick apologized to a libertarian? Either he’s planning to run again for Senate in 2016 and wants to hedge his bets against a Paulian primary uprising in Arizona or he’s come to his senses and realized that his nastiness is doing the interventionist cause more harm than good. Either way, it’s time for a tactical retreat.
By the way, am I misunderstanding or does he seem to think Ted Cruz, like Paul, is some sort of isolationist? I’m … not sure why. There was no one in the Senate, McCain included, who was tougher on Chuck Hagel than Cruz. When the Washington Free Beacon asked him to explain, Cruz said it’s because Hagel “has repeatedly been soft on our enemies.” Paleocons have also noticed that Cruz, despite often being lumped in with Paul on foreign policy, sounds plenty hawkish on Iran. Maverick’s likely concluded that because Cruz and Paul both speak frequently about the tea party and the Constitution and because Cruz was, after all, Paul’s wingman during the drone filibuster that they’re simpatico on foreign policy, but I suspect that’s untrue. In fact, Cruz and Paul seem to me to represent the two sides of the tea-party coin. From the beginning, Ron Paul fans have insisted that he’s the “godfather” of the movement; there are certainly tea partiers, especially the younger set, who are doctrinaire libertarians and whom Rand is trying to mobilize. But there’s another wing, which skews a bit older, that’s composed of more traditional conservatives — hawkish, concerned about “values” — who are disaffected with the GOP leadership’s squishiness and looking to rebrand themselves. The two wings overlap on spending, the core tea-party concern, and on stricter observance of constitutional limits on government, but they diverge on social issues and on foreign policy. Cruz was an ally of Paul’s during the drone debate because of that constitutional overlap, and of course because it was a chance to rebuke Obama. If a bill hit the floor tomorrow authorizing military action against Iran, though, I’m a lot less confident than Maverick that Cruz would end up on Paul’s side rather than on McCain’s and Rubio’s. We’ll find out…
McCain wasn’t pleased with the negative response after he insulted Senator Rand and Senator Cruz!!!
I’m sure that will make the national 6 o’clock news lead story as his calling them wacko did.
G D politicians !!
Too bad that he spent the week hitting the talk circuit, talk radio, and making headlines all to counter and neutralize the effect that they were having and to create talking points for the left.
Rove did that with O’Donnell for almost a week to put out the momentum of her primary win, and then backed off.
Retire a$$hat rino and go away. Enjoy your latter days and let the GOP get on with the business at hand.
“Retire a$$hat rino and go away.”
McStain should dry up and blow away.
He is a real embarrassment to America and what should be
our Republican party.
“McCain wasnt pleased with the negative response after he insulted Senator Rand and Senator Cruz!!!”
If he got very many e-ails like the flaming arrow I sent him, he’s in damage control mode. I had hoped calling his daughter a “fat pig with a big-mouth” might have gotten his attention! So far, no drones O/H!
I’m waiting for McCain’s butt fungus, Linseed Graham, to apologize as well.
“Since my comment was causing me negative feedback, I apologize”. There’s nothing like a sincere apology. And that was nothing like one.
He's just another predictable political dweeb.
Sen. McCain: thank you for your military service but we do not apologize for referring to you as an a$$hat rino!
Please retire now.
Okay, now resign.
What I have found interesting is that there are A LOT of libertarians in the US military, especially combat veterans.
I mean A LOT more than people might realize.
I can’t get too upset with Graham right now because he is not letting Benghazi go away. I think it could be BO’s undoing. Sometimes these scandals take awhile to play out.
Of course, it won't work. We are a smart jury.
Are you really sorry? Lets see some big time conservative penance.
Say you were wrong.....about so many things.
I know that wont happen, because you are not sorry about what you said, you are sorry about what the polls say.
I can still remember his apology for Keating 5 too. Didn’t stop the traitor from screwing us other ways for the past 25 years.
He isn’t done either. Scamnasty is coming soon and Linseed and him will be leading the charge, with the scent of Nero all over them.
Too late, McLame. We all heard you and you again exposed yourself for what you truly are. Take Obammy out for a milkshake or something. Y’all have fun.
If lips were movin’, he was a lyin’.
"Don't apologize. It's a sign of weakness." - Captain Nathan Brittles
Oh the very petulant McCain believes he’s they only person that gets to be the maverick, not some wacko-bird Johnny-come-latelys.
My “no holds barred” Tweet must have affected Juan McLame.
Go to hell, John.
Mc Queeg is letting Linda carry his purse on libya because when it it comes right down to it, like barmy, he is just plain lacking in courage.
Well, at least he didn’t call him a hobbit.
Before anybody asks...yes, I’m still p.o.ed about it.
I was hoping Juan McLame would soon retire into obscurity.
Now however, I’d settle for him just kicking the bucket!
I think Sen. McCain destroyed the country with McCain/Feingold and him getting the 2008 nomination.
Apologize for abandoning the POWs, McStain.
Hey McLame - no problem you “doofus weasel.” Next time, make up a less ridiculous insulting name for non-liberals like yourself that you want to try and insult.
Apology not accepted. Go F-yourself McCain.
Count me among those who believe the apology came way
too late to be anything but a strategic reading of tea leaves
that finally told him that the territory he had staked out
left him alone with his usual buttboy.
No one cares what McCain has to say; he’s an irrelevant old moron.
McCain’s political savvy is starting to show the effects of the long years entrenched in Washington DC. His 65 mile circle of political life has lost touch, gone into the fantasy world and become a part of the Unicorn Farm. I would call it Political Alzheimer’s where Washington DC has degenerated his grasp of reality. Acting like a “weather vane” is one of its symptoms.
If I know him he’s probably harping on Benghazi for the 180 degree wrong reason, like we should have invaded Libya with ground troops, or this is exactly why we need to go to war with Iran, or something similar.
I can disprove your theory with two words: Bob Dole.
This is not a post-Incumbency Protection Act (aka campaign finance reform) phenomenon.
Then they see how far they can stretch it with the DNC.
What was that line in the manifesto? Infiltrate and control one or both parties.
I’m still waiting for him to apologize for running for president.
Now apologize to America for being an old douchebag....
If this old shyster is the best the voters of AZ can send to the U.S. Senate to represent them, they ought to be horsewhipped.
Does the magnitude of McCain’s apology match his attack magnitude? Until the answer is clearly “YES!” I suspect that McCain’s apology was just a PC statement in the lower “just kidding” category.
Hence, there will be no fresh start, no blurring of the sharp contrast between McCain’s ‘My King, right or wrong’ stance on the US Senate floor and the Republican and Democrat Senators who implemented a rare Check and Balance Filibuster against B. Hussein Obama.
McCain chose to do what all good Royalists or Monarchists have always done: showcase their unwavering public support to THE KING.
20 % of our forefathers were Royalists in our Revolutionary War.
Kings easily become tyrants with increased power.
McCain chose to never, ever doubt that his King Obama is now, or ever could become a tyrant.
McCain does not understand what Constitutional Checks and Balances are meant to do. I seriously doubt that he ever will.
McCain had done the GOP a great favor by starkly showing that the Monarchists in the GOP are really Tyrant B. Hussein Obama’s best friends.
Let the purge of the GOP Elite Monarchists begin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe McCain took some of his meds and had a moment of clarity...
In one bit of candor, McCain mentioned difficulty hearing or perhaps seeing and wiped his hand across his face to remove the moss Senator Paul mentioned
Really funny when you think that he was accusing them of violating senate rules. typical libtard in my view!
Apology not accepted.
No one can stick to their guns anymore.
Idiots say things and change stance in 24 to 48 hr cycles.
Politicians will soon have a guide book from the press of what is sustainable and what is not!
Hey sometimes we need wacko birds!
Who is wacko now JohnBoy?