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.
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