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March 08, 2013

John McCain Is Not Exactly Winning Many Converts These Days

John McCain, not content to keep his hissy fit confined to the floor of the Senate, shoots his mouth off to HuffPo reporter.

While McCain has been a fierce critic of the Obama administration, he has also tangled with members of his own party, particularly the new crop of lawmakers including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), darlings of the conservative grassroots.

When I asked him if "these guys" -- having just mentioned Amash, Cruz and Paul by name -- are a "positive force" in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds.

"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said. "ButI also think that when, you know, it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."

Leaving aside the unprovoked "wacko bird" insult, what an absolutely bizarre way to frame a response to a rather innocuous question. "Corrupt elections"? What the hell is he talking about and what is he implying? Maybe it's nothing and he just stumbled over an answer, but it's very odd.

Paul, like him or not, has at least tried to remain respectful during this dust-up.

“You know, I think he’s just on the wrong side of history, and the wrong side of this argument, really,” Paul said.
“You know I treat Sen. McCain with respect, and I don’t think I always get the same in return. But I would say I do think he’s a war hero. He deserves respect for spending years and years in prison during the Vietnam War. But I would say it doesn’t mean his ideas always trump everybody else’s.”
I can't believe I'm even typing this, but Dick Durbin was able to challenge Rand Paul with more class and respect than either Graham or McCain has been able to muster up in the last two days. It should also be noted that after McCain and Graham took to the floor claiming Paul's question didn't even deserve an answer.... the White House answered his question about an hour later. Great job, guys.

Very disappointing. But, of course, we're all used to it by now. Wacko birds, that we are.

Update: Allah has some more McCain quotes that will drive you insane at HotAir.

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