Skip to comments.McCain: I would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskinsí name
Posted on 05/23/2014 1:10:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Of course he would. Among the public, this is a non-issue: Despite endless lefty blather about the name over the past year, including from The One himself, 79 percent side with the ‘Skins. (That’s especially dangerous to pols elected by the Redskins’ core fan base, which is why Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner refused to sign the letter.) Among the political class, though, it’s a proxy for ideology, an easy check-the-box way to polish your particular brand. That’s how this issue was able to accelerate from slow-news-day fodder on Slate last August to a cause celebre among fully half of the United States Senate. I’d be surprised if there are even five people in the chamber who’ve given this issue more than two minutes of thought, but when an opportunity to buy political piety this cheaply arises, anyone in the market for it is going to lunge. And Maverick’s always in the market.
Why didn’t Democrats ask him to sign, then?
On Thursday, Republicans dismissed the May 21 letter signed by 49 Senate Democrats and sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sent his own letter) as a pointless exercise unlikely to change anything. GOP lawmakers said that they were never approached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee who circulated the letter…
One Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose state has a significant portion of Native Americans said he probably would have added his signature to the letter if he had been asked. That would have elevated the stature of the Democrats initiative by making it both bipartisan and endorsed by the GOPs 2008 presidential nominee. McCain has joined Democrats on some social issues recently, advocating to end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and urging his governor to veto a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay customers.
They didnt ask, McCain said, confirming he still opposed the Redskins moniker for the team. Its offensive to our Native Americans.
Yeah, McCain would have been a solid “get” for Dems here. And I bet he’s not the only Republican who would have signed. Where Maverick goes, Lindsey Graham usually follows, and then you have the usual centrist Collins/Murkowski/Kirk coalition. Being able to say that a clear majority of the Senate was opposed to the Redskins name would have been a nice talking point for Democrats, “proof” that this issue was catching on among GOPers as well. Instead, they didn’t even approach McCain. Why? Because this is about moral posturing, not about actually pressuring the ‘Skins or the NFL to do something. And if you’re going to posture, why would you invite Republicans to join you? You plant the Democratic flag on the position that “Redskins” is abhorrent to all right-thinking people and salute. When they eventually send a letter to the Koch brothers asking them politely to commit suicide for the good of America, Republicans won’t be asked to sign that one either. This is about Democratic branding, nothing more.
Here’s Maria Cantwell making an impassioned plea to the chamber to give this shiny object the brief news-cycle attention it deserves. You’re next, Chief Wahoo. Exit quotation: “The intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image,’ the league said in a statement. ‘The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.’”
The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people".
Let's not be selectively outraged... BE CONSISTENT.
FORCE OKLAHOMA TO CHANGE ITS NAME NOW! /s
McCain. You are a stupid old creep. Go change your friggin Depends.
MEGA BARF McLame.
“Let’s not be selectively outraged... BE CONSISTENT.
FORCE OKLAHOMA TO CHANGE ITS NAME NOW! /s”
Golden State Warriors
ND Fighting Irish
Come on now people. So many stupid things to do, so little time.
I’m surprised a federal judge hasn’t ordered this already,along with a requirement that we all vote Democrat and house a gay couple for free. Or maybe that we pay them $15 an hour to live in our house.
Its offensive to our Native Americans.
Really? That is too bad. I suggest they do not attend Redskins games watch Redskin football or buy Redskin merchandise. Problem solved....
Sure you would. What about states names? Utah as an example? Dakota’s for another? And why name a state after Mexico?
So. McInsane would sign a letter with the democrats. But he refused to sign a no new taxes pledge.
I hate this S.O.B.
This P.C. crap, regardless of individual merits for or against any issue, needs to STOP.
Every damn time the PC police make an issue of ANY subject, REGARDLESS of personal feelings on the particular merits of that issue, intelligent patriotic Americans need to stand together and STOP them. They destroying our society and culture and generating schisms and hatreds where none previsouly existed. They are despicable and evil.
Juan would sign anything that had the scent of a jackass on it.
My father couldve had Jesus as running mate & he wouldve lost the presidency, Meghan McCain says
Just STHU . .. good grief, the crap that goes on nowadays with all the issues at hand and he gets all worked up over THIS
Why doesn’t McCain arm the politically correct vocabulary terrorists who think naming teams after native americans instead of ducks, fish, or leaves is inappropriate? It’s so much more his style.
Saginaw - Ojibiwa name meaning “Where the Sauk were” ......before we nobly exterminated them to take their land.
Knowing the morality of Jesus, the left probably would have demanded his crucifixion again.
Redskin Potatoes — Go Spuds! The ‘Skins are Loaded this year!
Redskin Peanuts — Go Nuts!
Sit down Gramps, your 15 minutes of fame(shame) are over.
Jack asses do things like that McCain. You have earned that title, jack ass.
Rand Paul will be the next panderer, but then again, Rand Paul pandering predictions write themselves too.
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