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Senate Luncheons

“To be honest with you, Neil, it goes back to there’s a lot of ill will towards Senator Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly and say he was the worst President since Herbert Hoover and said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which was nonsense. He was anti-his own party and people — people don’t forget that. You can disagree but if you’re disagreeable, then people don’t forget that,” – John McCain, still a douche.

Do you think he might have given his own vice-presidential nominee a sliver of the enhanced confirmation techniques he has applied to a fellow Republican with two Purple Hearts? A Republican who told the truth about the Iraq War when it mattered, who was dead right about the surge (and all the neocon bullshit about it), and who served honorably in the Senate and won two Purple Hearts for his country in Vietnam. McCain never ceases to tell us about his own war experience as a core insight into his character while he and his fellow tools among the neoconservative dead-enders try to destroy the character of a real war hero by McCarthyite smears, lies and innuendoes.

Let’s vent this the way McCain would: Senator McCain, you are a victim of torture who acquiesced to the CIA’s use of torture (often by the exact same techniques) on others; you nominated the least qualified and psychologically stable candidate to be a potential president of the US without even a cursory vetting. You’ve lost every campaign you ever fought for the presidency. You made a catastrophic error of judgment on Iraq and still refuse to show even a minimum of grace toward those who got it right. And yet you preen about putting “country first” which was your slogan in 2008. Why don’t you actually put your country first and allow the Senate to vote on a nominee for defense secretary? Or are you too bitter about the past and too petty in the present to give US troops an actual leader when they are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us?

(Photo: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters before the senate luncheons in the Capitol, on February 12. By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)