Skip to comments.Why John McCain Hates Republicans Again
Posted on 05/24/2013 11:53:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway
John McCain is a cranky man in general, and the latest punks he told to get off his lawn include tea-party hoodlums Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. (Addressing the latter, McCain growled, maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.) McCain does not seem to be showing much remorse either. Reporters are writing stories about his increasingly vocal recriminations, and McCain is tweeting them out:
There is more going on here than just another dyspeptic outburst. McCain is displaying increasing signs of agitation with the ideological currents driving his party. His journey from orthodox Republican to the left edge of his party and back may have one more reversal yet. The basic way to understand McCain is that neoconservative foreign policy is his ideological core. Everything else about his ideology can shift radically depending on his ambitions, circumstances, and whom hes most angry with at any given moment. He favored immigration reform under George W. Bush, abandoned it to refashion himself as a build the dang fence border hawk, and, in the wake of last November, embraced it again. He fashioned himself as a modern Teddy Roosevelt environmentalist crusader during his anti-Bush phase, sponsored a cap and trade bill, but decided to run as a drill here, drill now conservative in 2008, abandoning his own cap and trade plan once Obama tried to pass it.
But the foreign policy hawkishness has remained constant. And the foreign policy hawks have found themselves the biggest losers in the GOPs postelection ideological restructuring. One aspect of this change is that the party, after assailing Obama from the right, has suddenly found fertile terrain in attacking him from the left. Rand Pauls surprise talking filibuster speech against drone use in March picked up out-of-nowhere support from Republicans of all stripes save McCain, who lambasted him as an ignoramus.
The biggest defeat the neocons have suffered is sequestration. When Republicans signed on to the sequestration plan in 2011, as a way to get out of the debt-ceiling crisis House Republicans had instigated, defense hawks were assured the across-the-board spending cuts would never be carried out. Everybody assumed the 2012 election would settle the budget dispute, or in some way encourage the sides to cut some kind of deal. Instead, most conservatives have flipped on the question, going from decrying sequestration as a threat to national security to happily insisting they now love it and want to keep it forever and ever.
That leaves McCain and a handful of remaining committed hawks hoping for a budget deal that could reverse the sequestration cuts to the Pentagon. That fight within the party is now playing itself out in the form of a somewhat abstruse fight over budget procedure. Republicans lifted the debt ceiling last spring on the condition that Senate Democrats passed a budget and for reasons nobody outside the party understood hailed the return to regular budgeting as a great victory. Almost immediately after that, they figured out that this was actually terrible for them. If the House and Senate had to reconcile their budgets, that would lead to a negotiation and a compromise somewhere in the middle which is what Obama has been desperately trying to get and which conservative Republicans have been equally desperately trying to prevent. The conservative position is that, rather than negotiate, they want to use the threat of refusing to lift the debt ceiling to extract unilateral concessions from Obama.
Thats the context for McCains latest spat with his partys right wing. Lee, Paul, and other right-wingers want to prevent any budget agreement by requiring that budget talks not lift the debt ceiling. This, of course, would sabotage the negotiations before they begin Democrats would realize they couldnt strike any deal because Republicans would come back in the fall demanding more concessions in return for not blowing up the world economy.
And so McCains disagreement over what appears to be a technical point of Senate process is actually a fundamental split over the partys approach toward Obama. The conservatives want to continue their stance of total opposition and instigating crises the stance that has defined the party throughout the Obama era while McCain wants to engage in compromise and negotiation. McCains softening stance toward Obama can be seen in other ways. He broke with his party to support the Manchin-Toomey background-check bill. He met with Obama last week and discussed immigration and budget issues.
Yesterday he lauded Obamas foreign policy address, promising to support a rewriting of the 2001 authorization of military force. Such legislation would be a fitting legacy for this Congress and for President Obama, he said. Perhaps McCain has gotten past his bitterness from 2008. Or maybe hes just found different people to be bitter about.
it is just about power.
he and others like him, do not care about the constitution, merit, right, or wrong as long as he keeps his personal power.
throw his ass off of every committee he’s on and tell him to register democrat.
maybe he’s fallen off the wagon
In other words, he’s been in the government too damned long.
Voinovich disease has set in for good.
McCain is a disgusting old RINO. Without Sarah Palin on the ticket I probbly would have sat out the election. Something I have never done in the 40 odd years I have been able to vote.
Elections are not a very good substitute for term limits. As time goes on, the electorate becomes corrupted along with the politician. John McCain case in point.
McPain has no soul. He lives for “the deal”. Principles don’t matter. If people aren’t willing to deal to get a pieace of crap it ticks the old SOB off.
John, you dolt! These folks were sent to Congress because their constituents were very tired of how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.
McCain’s behavior is a mirror image of the last couple of years of Arlen Specter. Most be the Senate Longevity Disease.
I know I would have sat it out no thinking at all..I voted for her not the screwball RINO!!1
I don’t know who I hate more, Obama or McCain.
If the world economy is dependent on us borrowing and spending trillions of dollars that this generation cannot possibly repay, and thereby immorally robbing our posterity of their God-given right to government by consent, than the damned world economy needs to blow up.
Immorality never works out over the long run anyway. You end up with nothing, after having sold your soul to get it.
When was he EVER a friend to the Constitution and the Republican party?
I called his office the day after the clintoon impeachment failure, when the senate threw the case back.
McCain was in charge of the Armed Services Committee. His staffer had no interest in the reaction of the American people let alone a room full of DS Veteran fighter pilots.
They were fundraising. 20 Dec 1998 FFundraising.
He’s been on the s list since.
Could never understand ANYONE supporting him. Now look.
No No No.
I wonder about him
Juan McLame deserves another extended stay at the Hanoi Hilton.
He did not have to waste so much ink. All he had to say is:
McCain = RINO
John McCain is a collaborator.
I'm in the same quandry but lean toward hating McCain more just because I've despised him for so damn long and he gave us the obamanation.
Couldn’t fly, worthless Aviator was the reason he was a POW Hero and why he is here today. An absolute Jerk.
Because it is not six months or less to a re-election?