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An Open Letter To The Former Maverick

Dear John,

You have been a true American war hero, a maverick and a respected senator.
That's a lifetime of achievements any mothers' son would be proud of. I always hoped you would someday run for President … until you did. You kinda lost me at Sarah Palin. But even then, the maverick briefly reappeared during a Presidential debate when you meritoriously corrected a woman who basically confused Obama with Osama.

Unfortunately, that was the last we ever saw of the old maverick. The reach across the aisle McCain was sadly, forever after replaced by crotchety partisan McCain. I always thought you learned your lesson after Bush defeated you in the 2000 primaries and were just acting like Rush Limbaugh's unreasonable twin to get elected in 2008. Well John, that election and the one after that one are over. President Obama beat you fair and square. He beat Mitt fair and square. It's been eight years. You have to let it go.

Like I said, I've always admired you, which is what makes me so sad seeing you devolve into such a petty partisan. Your recent attack on Ambassador Rice and calling for Watergate-type hearings regarding the Benghazi incident is over the top and beneath the man you once were. You're starting to make Michelle Bachman look sane by comparison. It's time to stop the grumpy old man act, pick up your remote and shut off FOX. It seems like your actually buying the snake oil their selling. I expect the uncivil arrogance of crazy conspiracy theories and party above country agendas from insipid right-wing mean girls like Palin and Bachman, but not from someone who once stood so tall above it all. Sadly, the maverick has been broken. It's time for the man who once reached across the aisle to create campaign finance reform to stop tarnishing your credibility and reputation with these partisan attacks or quietly go off to pasture. If you won’t do it for the country, do it for your own legacy.

A former fan
Michael D'Antuono

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  •  John became a victim of his own BS (2+ / 0-)
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    TheGreatLeapForward, condorcet

    and then he lost an election and became a bitter old man who needs to retire sooner rather than later.

    The 47% also "pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more" but when Romney does it he thinks it's a virtue, while when they do it, he thinks they are deadbeats.

    by jsfox on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:19:09 AM PST

  •  he was never a hero to me (8+ / 0-)

    he opposed MLK jr. holiday back in the 80's made me realize who signed his paycheck.

    also the one who is helping screw over native americans.

    also the one who is giving cover to racists in AZ.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:23:11 AM PST

  •  He was extremely reluctant to endorse Romney... (0+ / 0-)

    But in the end, the GOP prevailed.

    Who knows what motivates him or his buddies Huckleberry Hound (Lindsey Graham), Jim Demint, Phil Gramm, and Joe Lieberman.

    Amazing what the quest for power does to these old gentlemen (and I use the term loosely).

    Must be some kind of politically transmitted disease.  (PTD)

    Or, based upon his Vietnam experience (Forestal fire) he may have been like that from the start.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:27:16 AM PST

  •  McCain was born on second base and stole ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, pittie70

    ... third.

    I wouldn't wish his life experiences on anyone, but his list of accomplishments is exceptionally thin, pronouncedly so in someone who has gained such stature.

    Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

    by Yellow Canary on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:27:34 AM PST

  •  The man who elevated Sarah Palin (4+ / 0-)

    as his candidate for a running mate....
    is the poster boy for 'not too bright'.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:28:22 AM PST

  •  He was always hard right (2+ / 0-)
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    malibu1964, dougymi

    For a while he had a fake image crafted by media types like Chris Matthews et al. He's reverted to form.

  •  John McCain has always been a grade A asshole (3+ / 0-)
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    malibu1964, tcdup, Laurence Lewis
  •  He was always an asshole (8+ / 0-)

     McCain moved into AZ congressional district 1 right after returning from the POW camp.  He arrived there just in time for John Rhodes, who had been congressman for years and House Minority leader, to retire.  So McCain was given the nomination and won easily.  At that time it was clear that he was being set up to run for President.  By the way, the treatment he gave his first wife never came out.

    When Barry Goldwater retired, McCain was given that nomination and won easily several more times.  Big money from his trophy wife's family kept him going.  Biggest Bud distributor in AZ.

    He was supposed to be the nominee for Pres in 2000, but W screwed that up for him.

    McCain's always been a bitter, over privileged ass hat.  He could never live up to the family military tradition, so thought he was entitled to aim higher.  

    Perhaps what I've written is tainted by my personal opinion of him and not totally based on facts, but facts don't matter anyway.  This is Arizona.

    "We borrow this Earth from our Grandchildren."

    by Arizona Mike on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:36:45 AM PST

  •  Back-and-Forth (3+ / 0-)
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    malibu1964, Overseas, pittie70

    He does this all the time.  Comes out swinging at someone who (usually) doesn't deserve it.  In a few weeks/months he'll defend someone no one will expect (probably a Democrat) and everyone will say what a swell guy he is.  He's been pulling the crap for decades.  He's mentally disturbed and I can't figure out why his constituents keep re-electing him.  Anyone from AZ out there?  Please enlighten.

  •  he lost. (6+ / 0-)

    to a black man.

    in front of the entire world.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:37:56 AM PST

  •  I voted for him in 2000 (0+ / 0-)

    It took a few "doses of courage" before I did so, but I registered as .......... (sigh) Republican in 2000 while living in Connecticut.  


    Wait, wait, let me explain!  I did so to vote in the Republican primary!  Against Bush!  Against Bush!  Voted for Gore in 2000 and didn't sleep that night as Florida, Nader, and the recount ushered in the next 8 years of darkness.

    At the time, I did believe in McCain as at least "a good man."  Wanted Gore in there but thought I could at least live with McCain if he won.  Bush scared the hell out of me.

    But then McCain lost and turned to the Dark Side in 2008, embracing all the rightwingers he denounced in 2000.  Was he pretending in 08 or 2000?  I don't think we'll ever know.  

    All I know is

    ...he's more machine than man now, twisted and evil.

    Perhaps he will redeem himself someday, at the end.

    I'm a mushroom. Kept in the dark and know

    by The Voice from the Cave on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:51:12 AM PST

  •  Not a maverick (2+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, Susan from 29

    He's not a maverick.  He earned his "maverick" cred after opposing things that Shrub wanted.  It wasn't anything other than sour grapes at losing the primary.  He's a bitter old pisser who holds personal grudges and uses his seat in the Senate to do it.

  •  We've all had disappointments in our lives. (0+ / 0-)

    When I've lost, I just always pray that bitterness be removed from my heart. If it isn't, you turn into a wretched person. John McCain needs to move on past his bitterness or move out of the way. He and Graham are way past ridiculous at this point.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:56:42 AM PST

  •  who? (1+ / 0-)
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    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:06:18 AM PST

  •  Hello? McCain was a "true American hero?" Why? (1+ / 0-)
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    Because he was shot down?

    He was raised to expect that his orders would be instantly obeyed, as were his fathers'. He has never been able to handle reality very well and he hasn't improved any with age. His maverick credentials were all due to the way he bribed the press with access, dirty jokes and probably some alcohol. Beware of mistaking the man for the myth.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:10:04 AM PST

  •  McCain's record as a former POW (0+ / 0-)

    has been used and over-used to offset a multitude of character defects.  We elevate our war heroes, as we should.  Heroes are courageous.  Heroes are honorable.  Thus, McCain must be these things.  The Republican Party has gone so far off the rails that McCain was credited with an act of courage merely for stating that, well, perhaps Obama is not an Arab.  See?  McCain really is the courageous hero we expect him to be.  Deep down, he's honorable, after all.  Nevermind we have to overlook a few of his foibles.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:21:17 AM PST

  •  In 1985 (3+ / 0-)
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    LNK, maybeeso in michigan, condorcet

    John McCain, speaking in the House of Representatives, called me and 8 other decorated Vietnam combat veterans, half of us disabled, "communist sympathizers."

    Our crime, at least in his eyes?

    We had traveled back to Vietnam and Cambodia to deliver humanitarian supplies to hospitals and orphanages, and had brought an American scientist and a doctor to gather information concerning the effects of Agent Orange on the people who lived in the sprayed areas.

    I was in the gallery that day, and went straight to his office when he was done. We had one hell of an argument and nearly came to blows.

    He was an idiot then, and has not tempered with age....

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:03:16 AM PST

  •  Whatever shreds of honor McCain may have had (0+ / 0-)

    (emphasis on "may")

    He lost in 2000. After the bitter ugliness of Karl Rove/Bush campaign against his nomination, including attacks on his wife and his child, he toed the line and endorsed Bush on a promise that they would support him when it was "his turn".

  •  An Acute Case of (1+ / 0-)
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    "But wait!   Please put the spotlight back on me!   I'm still relevant!  No! Really I am!"

    "...utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive."

    by patterson415 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:20:22 AM PST

  •  He never really recovered from his torture. (0+ / 0-)

    He has been seriously damaged ever since.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:26:24 AM PST

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