Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently referred to Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) as ”wacko-birds.” A McCain advisor is quoted saying McCain is “offended by” Cruz’s “style.” The advisor also said McCain “f-ing hates Cruz.” Now he has said that Rep. Louie Gohmert has “no intelligence.” Never has McCain used similarly harsh language about his “friends across the aisle.” At the Value Voters Summit last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that John McCain “liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him…liked Mubarak before he wanted him out…been to Syria and supported al-Qaeda and rebels….” Then Gohmert quoted McCain saying the shutdown, led by Ted Cruz, was a “fool’s errand.” See both videos below.
The interviewer asked McCain about Gohmert’s remark and the “decorum” of accusing him of supporting al-Qaeda and rebels. The fact is, McCain fought hard to fund Syrian rebels, well-known to be infiltrated by al-Qaeda and threw his full support behind rebel Brig. Gen. Salim Idris, who very publicly said Israel is his enemy. So, yes, McCain has supported al-Qaeda and he knows it. I’m sure that wasn’t his mission when he got involved in Syria (see, I’m far more gracious than McCain), but he wasn’t big enough to admit it and take a step back when the truth was staring him down.
Maybe McCain took the fool’s errand” line from Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told Obama going into Syria was “a fool’s errand,” and would end in involvement with Iran and Russia. McCain responded to that by saying Dempsey is “disingenuous.”
McCain’s retort to Gohmert was that Gohmert had “no intelligence,” but he said, the comment wasn’t made out of “malice,” because…a person with ”no intelligence” hasn’t the ability (intelligence) to be malicious. How demeaning can you get about your fellow elected leader? Wacko-birds, “no intelligence,” an elected representative doing what he was sent to Congress to do – “a fool’s errand?” Remember, Gohmert made his statement after McCain attacked Cruz and Paul.
As much as McCain is distressed about conservatives in the House and Senate, so are conservatives in the House and Senate distressed about John McCain.
Look at the Senate immigration bill, which McCain and Schumer drove until it passed, but likely could not have made happen without the charismatic, promise-breaker, Marco Rubio. Every Republican in the Gang of 8, McCain, Flake, Graham and Rubio, will rue the day they put their name and their vote on that piece of legislation.
In the second video, McCain is furthering the idea that Republicans shutdown the government, which he knows is untruthful. Anyone in Congress on either side of the aisle, if courageous enough, has the right to make a stand, whether he agrees with the stand or not. Democrats shutdown the government after refusing to bring a vote to the Senate floor that had already been passed by the House.
McCain has developed into a bitter little man who believes his past as a prisoner of war in Vietnam gives him the bona fides to disrespect in vulgar ways those in his own party, but never those on the other side. H/T Tavern Keepers – read more here.
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