First off, let me begin by apologizing for my lack of activity here for the past few months. I think I wrote only two articles so far this year, thanks to work, other priorities at home, and general loss of interest.
So I’m going to try to write on this blog every one to two days depending on what goes on in my personal life. But I am not making any promises.
Over the weekend, the news broke out that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is likely dying as a result of the brain tumor he was diagnosed with last summer. And as you may recall, he was previously treated for said tumor in the midst of the healthcare debate among his fellow Republicans in Congress – during which, an ailing McCain returned to the Senate floor to kill a major Obamacare replacement bill.
Even then, I could tell that the whole spectacle was rife with political grandstanding, something which McCain views himself as morally righteous enough to do without fear of repercussion. In fact, he thrives on it. Because, much like James Comey a few news cycles ago, the left is entirely willing to prop him up because he’s saying things that they like.
But the grandstanding didn’t stop there.
Flash forward to this weekend when the unfortunate news broke – McCain made headlines for saying that he only wants Mike Pence, and not President Trump, at his funeral, saying that he regrets picking Sarah Palin to be his running mate, and that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden, a liberal Democrat, to stay in politics. Leftists in the media suddenly adored the ailing Maverick.
“This is a real moment for the country where an American hero, somebody who is beloved in many, many ways, is saying, ‘I don’t want this guy at my funeral,'” gushed Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday night.
Former Hillary advisor Phillippe Reines was slightly more blunt, calling McCain an “American hero” for not inviting the president to his funeral.
This is stupidity. McCain, as said before, has always been a grandstander – he’s always struck me, personally, as someone who cares more about rhetoric and drawing attention to his name than his actual agenda. That’s why the left is head-over-heels for him: he plays their game and plays it well. He says things the left wants to hear, then acts as if the rest of his party is morally worse off than himself when they disagree with him.
The bottom line here is that McCain is coming out, once again, against President Trump. And we’ve already established that the left is willing to embrace anything anti-Trump, so it’s unsurprising they came around. Even if ten years ago you were racist if you voted for McCain. That’s the anti-Trump factor in play here.
None of this is to say I don’t feel sympathy for McCain – I absolutely do. But stupidity never sleeps. Even if you’re him.