Wednesday, November 14, 2012

JOHN MCCAIN

I have lived in Arizona, off and on since 1972, for a total of 34 years.  So, being 72 years old, and never having lived anywhere else for as long as 34 years . . I consider myself an Arizonan.  But I have to say this: my state's senior U.S. Senator is an angry old man who ought to retire.  76 year old John McCain appears to have never gotten over being drubbed by Barack Obama in his presidential run four years ago.  It seems he picks fights with the President at every opportunity.  Frankly I am sick of seeing his scowling face on my television screen as he delivers another screed.  

Currently he and his buddy from South Carolina, Senator Lindsay Graham, have said they want a Watergate-style investigation of the attack in Benghazi, Libya that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans.  The not-so-dynamic duo have also come out saying they absolutely will do everything in their power to prevent Susan Rice from becoming the next Secretary of State because of her early statements about the Benghazi attack.

President Obama, at his news conference today, addressed the McCain and Graham attacks on Rice, saying . . . if they want to pick a fight let them pick it with me.

Numerous administration officials have said repeatedly that Ms. Rice made her statements based on what was known at the time.  She did not, as Graham and McCain would have it, lie to the American people.

But I have wandered.  I realize that up until this election, Arizona has been a reliably conservative Republican state in the last few years.  But I also heard the pundits this year who said Arizona will be a swing state by 2016.  Coincidentally that will be the year we will see if the then 80 year old McCain will run for reelection once again.  For the sake of my sanity, I certainly hope not.

Today's Gratuitous Critter picture reminds me of McCain's scowling glare.


13 comments:

  1. I remember once, many moons ago, thinking that John McCain wasn't so bad, for a Republican. Those days are LONG GONE by now. Sigh.

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  2. There was a time I admired McCain's independence, his willingness to do what he thought was right, even if it chapped his party handlers. More recently he seems to have just gone off the rails. Senility, you think?

    S

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  3. I heard on the news this morning that Texas wants to secede from the union and they got enough signatures to warrant a review by the President. They also said that 12,000 people in Arizona have signed a petition to do the same. Then of course, there is the woman who ran down her husband because he didn't vote on Tuesday. Apparently it was his vote that lost the election for Romney. What a truly crazy bunch of people. I remember when W won reelection how disappointed I was that the country would reelect someone who was clearly out of his element but, I didn’t run anyone down and I didn’t leave the country.....well, except for the two week trip to London but that was planned before the election. :-).

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  4. Sharon....that secession petiton wasn't just in Texas and Arizona. Most states have similar pushes underway.

    Yeah...I know! ;)

    S

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  5. I would really like to honor McCain for his service to our country but he is just so mean-spirited. The maverick I once admired is no more.

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  6. Bug - I felt, and feel, the same.

    Lowandslow - No, Scott, I don't think it's dementia. I just think he's become a bitter old man.

    Carol - I must say that last comment brought the first laugh out of me all day.

    Stephen - Yup, you got it.

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  7. Most of all I like all the types of critters you are setting before us... :-)

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  8. Well said!! It is that kind of thinking that keeps things from moving ahead.

    Yay! No word verification! Thank You!

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  9. Bruce, see how many comments you get without that silly word verification.

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  10. McCain hasn't contributed to Arizona (economically or politically) in over 20 years. He is a bitter old man who can't see outside his outdated blinders. Term limit him and allow another voice and viewpoint to be heard.

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  11. Love that picture you are using as your masthead art work now!

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  12. I left a comment, but it must have died in the ether. Never mind.

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