Monday, March 30, 2009

John McCain Is Quite Insane

Remember when John McCain was somewhat respected by people across the political spectrum? Long time ago, it seems. He gets more and more full of crap all the time. It's at the point now where I don't know what we ever saw in the guy.

Here he is on "Meet the Press" lying his ass off about "bipartisanship".

Here's the transcript of the important part.

(Videotape, November 4, 2008)

SEN. McCAIN: I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences.

(End videotape)

MR. GREGORY: Have Republicans heeded that call, and do you think President Obama has heeded that call?

SEN. McCAIN: I think neither side, perhaps, has done it as much as maybe we should. But you establish an environment. Really, bipartisanship is sitting down across a table from each other and negotiating, recognizing there's got to be compromise. And in all due respect to the incoming administration, the speaker said, "We won. We wrote the bill."
There was never any serious negotiations over the stimulus package, over the omnibus spending bill. Now there doesn't seem to be any on the budget. Those are all party line votes. There's not the negotiations. And I--look, I'll take blame on our side for maybe not being more forthcoming, but really the president does beat the drum and sets the pace. And so far there has not been not an instance where they sat down across the table and said, "OK, what do you want? What are you demanding here? What do you think is best?" And including some of those concerns as we come--as we move forward with really large, encompassing packages about the future of this country.

So, Obama sits down with Republicans and asks them what they want. He includes billions in tax cuts that Democrats had no intention of including in an attempt to be "bipartisan" and get broad support. Then, in spite of this, not a single House Republican votes for the bill. They never do take those tax cuts out. (A move that I was supporting.)

And then John McCain goes on national television to lie about it. This is not spin. This is not stretching the truth. This is a bald-faced lie. John McCain should be ashamed of himself.

By the way, David Gregory never followed up with anything in the way of, "Mr. Senator, that's a load of crap."


Kizz said...

Who the hell is he courting with this foolishness? Does he think he's hanging on to the respect of his party? And if so, why? They're done with him! They aren't going to put him forth in 4 years when he's even OLDER. I had high hopes that post-election, we'd see the return of the guy I once admired for being moderate and thoughtful and intelligent.

Apparently the lobotomy is irreversible.

Mrs. Chili said...

I'm continuing with a trend of being utterly disgusted with most of our "news" outlets and "journalists." I'm sick to death of getting someone's interpretation of the events; I want someone to just tell me what happened, not to tell me what it means or how I should feel about it. More to the point, I want journalists to go back to being holders of feet to the proverbial flames. If they ask a question that requires a yes or no answer, they should keep hammering until they get one. Double speak - and the failure, as you point out, to call bullshit - is getting out of hand.

There are a number of people that I don't even consider anymore because of their utter ridiculousness, and John McCain has joined that list. They really have no idea that we can see them, right?

MAB said...

There was one spot in the interview (not in the posted clip) where Gregory actually did press for a yes-or-no. He asked McCain if he would support Palin for president in 2012. Oh, it was fun watching him hem and haw.

He's really a terrible bullshitter, which shows that he does have a conscience in there somewhere. During the campaign you could see the pain in his eyes and hear it in his voice as he was forced to pretend that he thought Palin was qualified for the job. That same pain is there as he tries not to say that there's no way in hell he'd support her in the future.