Old man McCain’s mouth is in the news this week. When debating a controversial defense bill on the Senate floor, McCain had this to say about Long Island, New York:
“Isn’t it true that Justice O’Connor was specifically referring to a case for a person captured on Long Island?” McCain asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “Last I checked, Long Island was part — albeit sometimes regrettably — part of the United States of America.“
When Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer objected in a Tweet, McCain returned to the Senate floor to say:
“In an exchange here on the floor … I mentioned the wonderful long people — wonderful Long Island, I made a joke,” McCain said. “I’m sorry there’s at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke, and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor.”
Ok, all Dems know that McCain’s a a-hole.
But it did remind me of something I posted back in 2006, “The McCain Myth“; you know, that “maverick” nonsense everyone was talking about. Newsmax (a conservative magazine) had reported on McCain’s explosive temper and inability to control his mouth. Turned out he’s an a-hole to his Republican colleagues, as well. Enjoy the quotes …
McCain has an irrational, explosive side that make many of them [fellow Republican senators] question whether he is fit to serve as president and be commander in chief.
“I have witnessed incidents where he has used profanity at colleagues and exploded at colleagues,” said former Senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee and on Republican policy committees. “We’ve all had incidents where we have gotten angry, but I’ve never seen anyone act like that.”
A former senator described a McCain outburst directed at another GOP senator at a Republican policy lunch : “McCain used the f-word,” the former senator said. “McCain called the guy a shit–head. The senator demanded an apology. McCain stood up and said, ‘I apologize, but you’re still a shit–head.’ That was in front of 40 to 50 Republican senators. That sort of thing happened frequently.”
Indeed, senators joke among themselves about their collection of “McCain Notes”, apologies McCain sends after he has unleashed a tirade. The question on the minds of those who know him is whether a man who seems so out of control should have the authority to unleash nuclear weapons.