Awkward! NYT photographer tweets photo of Sen. Rand Paul’s elevator run-in with Sen. McCain

Oh, dear. The most awkward moment of the day? As Twitchy reported, Sen. McCain called Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster “ridiculous” earlier today. Drudge scored huge laughs with a photo of Sen. McCain with a headline declaring that “old bulls buck rand stand.”

Now, New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley caught a chilly elevator run-in and posted it to Twitter.

Zing! Oh, the politely averted eyes. Which one will take the stairs next time, just in case?

  • DjWeideman

    “Thanks for throwing me under the bus, John.”

  • Marcy Cook

    It makes me want to pee……

    • Spatial Awareness

      …on McCain & Grahams shoes. >:^]

  • Spatial Awareness

    .@SenJohnMcCain & @GrahamBlog did more today to damage themselves then they have their WHOLE political careers. #OwnIt

    • Saar

      They made their bed with obama after that dinner, they no longer seek to promote conservatism.

      • Spatial Awareness

        ….as their votes in support of Brennan confirm.

        • Miss Clairee

          ………as me and many of my fellow South Carolinian’s grow more and more embarrassed and ashamed!

          • Catchance

            Oh, hey… I’m from Arizona. You cannot possibly be more embarrassed than we.

          • helltoupee29

            Unless you are from Illinois.

          • Catchance

            Heh. Point taken.

          • lcky9

            and we are

          • Mapache

            Why are you still there?

          • Miss Clairee

            True, true. But we are all in this collectively…… nation under God! Let’s all keep this ball rolling!

          • proudhispanicconservative

            Dont be, its not your fault.

    • BorderLine Guy

      Useful idiots. (them)

    • catb55

      F … McLame and Gramnesty

    • catb55

      Another Dem Senator not seeking re-election AFTER DECADES .. McCain and Graham need to follow him.

      • NY Republican

        or they should just switch over to the dems where they belong then we’ll see if they get re-elected

      • jb

        Wouldn’t that really be … 2 more Dem Sens McCain and Graham need to follow him?

    • BlueGood

      Rand can use this photo for his run to the WH to show what an idiot back stabbing RINO looks like!

    • Pauline E Maxey

      I agree! Envious, childesh, ‘they know’ they did not have the ‘conviction to do it!’ No secret here. What Rand Paul did ‘took a deep conviction and dedication’ to ‘the American People!’ Thank YOU Rand Paul! 2016 we STAND with RAND.

    • Evi L. Bloggerlady

      Separated at Birth: John McCain and …?

      Now John McCain has done some real bonehead moves over the years…but this racks right up there!

    • Evi L. Bloggerlady

      Separated at Birth: John McCain and …?

      Now John McCain has done some real bonehead moves over the years…but this racks right up there!

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    I am absolutely disgusted by these 2….. I don’t even have a name to call them.
    I did have a response, though….

    .@SenJohnMcCain and @GrahamBlog are nothing but sycophants and ‘go-along-to-get-along’ RINOS. VOTE THEM OUT. VOTE THEM OUT!!!!

    • Spatial Awareness


    • Aaron

      Need a name for those two? Try: Waldorf and Statler.

      • Canadian in USA

        Larry and Curly. Now we need Moe.

        • E Quilibrate

          Oh, please no mo’ no mo’.

        • APW

          Sorry, the 3 stooges are already designated–Michael Moore, Sean Penn and Oliver Stone.

        • lcky9

          thought that was OBAMA

      • Richard Jefferies

        Waldorf and Statler were far more intelligent. McCain is too status quo to possess the kind of outright misanthropy of the old men in the balcony.

    • E Quilibrate

      We need a “special” election to deal with these 2 dimwits.

    • nc

      Forgot (or ignored) Rule #1: Do no harm.

      They could have sat back and said nothing. But nooooo.

      • Pauline E Maxey

        Envy rears it’s UGLY head! So much so, they were revealed! STAND WITH RAND!

    • Vickie DHaene

      They have finally pissed me off enough to change my voter registration to independent. I have remained GOP only to be able to vote in Fl primaries. NO MORE. Keep watching the voter rolls Rinos!

  • Lady 12

    “Which one will take the stairs next time?” Hopefully both!

    • Patrick Dennehy

      I always take the stairs. If not for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, I’d get a ‘fat letter’

      • nc

        Speaking of stairs, every time I see BHO trot down the stairs of AF1 with his silly fists in front of him, I confess I hope he trips and falls. Not badly enough to really hurt himself, but just enough to embarrass the heck out of him.

        • Lady 12

          From your lips to God’s ears!

    • SpinMeNot

      I’ve never disagreed with you before, but those stairs in the Capital Building are treacherous. Being an old guy myself, I would recommend Sen. McCain stay off those stairs — he might fall and break a hip and then he would have to take some time off. Wait a minute … never mind. Sen. McCain needs to take those stairs.

      :I do not seriously wish harm on Sen. McCain — he has given more than just about anyone in Congress in service to this country [before he got there]:

      • Guest

        No, I didn’t wish harm on him. I was thinking this was more of a conscience thing – like every time he runs into Rand Paul, he hears that little voice in his head saying, “You shouldn’t have sold him out, John…” I most definitely do not wish harm on him.

        • SpinMeNot

          I never suspected you did — I was typing in reference to my post.

          • Lady 12

            I know, but when you said that, I realized it could be taken that way, so I thought I should clarify.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    But, but…Obama bought us dinner! (Obama bought him, all right)
    What a sucker. Obama uses everybody, McCain.

  • Guest

    McCain still thinks he can be President. The guy is a joke and he doesn’t even realize it

    • lcky9

      I refused to vote for him last time.. he tries again and I will do the same..

  • Neil Leininger

    It’s hard to say if McCain and Graham do more damage to the conservative cause than they do good for the liberal one?

    RINOs of the highest order, I puke in my mouth every time I remind myself I voted for this idiot.

    • Guest

      McCain is already senile. Do you believe that he can differentiate Republican Party from Democratic Party? I remember vividly when he was parroting Obummer in his election campaign. ‘…Change America…!”

  • capisce

    Sen, Paul Rand would have asked “going down?” but he already had the answer.

    • Canadian in USA

      …and win!

    • E Quilibrate

      He shoots—-He scores.

    • Spatial Awareness

      In my perfect world it would have went something like this… Rand says to McCain ==>

      • SpinMeNot

        So my wife told me to get my butt out of my chair and out of the house, so I am currently sitting in a non-chain coffee shop. The folks in here are staring at the “crazy old guy” over in the corner laughing his ass off while watching a video on his laptop.

      • capisce

        lol..even better if Paul hadnt showered after sequester.

    • Pauline E Maxey

      Love this! Hearty laugh! RAND will get the LAST LAUGH!

  • V the K

    McCain: Old and busted.
    Paul: New hotness.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Dr Paul is just too genuine and decent to make much of this. McCain I would bet, will call a presser later today.

  • Rich

    Democrats are getting the last laugh as Republicans infight.

    • KansasGirl

      I disagree.

      These RINO’s are no longer true to conservative ideals…thus we’re doing a little house cleaning.

  • aPLWBinAK

    Rand should have peed on McLames shoes…

  • Jack Deth

    McCain needs a walker. And an escort out the door!

  • waltzingmtilda

    I seriously just busted out laughing at these pics…everyone just looked over at me…ROFLMAO!!!

  • Richard Jefferies

    He just goes to continuously prove he [McCain] is nothing but a government apparatchik with no concern for actual constitutional governance.

  • 3seven77

    It was called “Stand with Rand”, Senator McCain. NOT “Bed Down with Barack”

    • mdtljt

      Gee thanks, 3…no amount of brain bleach will cleanse my mind of THAT mental image…blech…

  • Jedd McHead

    Rand Paul is a lion among the RINOs. If the GOP disses the young bloods and tries to stick us with (name any RINO) I’ll absolutely vote libertarian in 2016.

    • Lady 12

      Paul Ryan, or some other Ryan?

      • Jedd McHead

        Lol, my bad! I meant Rand (as in Rand Paul) — sorry about that (comment now amended).

        • Lady 12

          Haha, okay, you had me thoroughly confused! I didn’t think Ryan had crossed into RINOism yet.

          • Jedd McHead

            Well, I think Paul Ryan is a lion among the RINO’s, too. Anyone who speaks truth to our problems and makes unpopular (if common sense) proposals is always preferrable to knee-jerk reactionaries like McCain. “Maverick” my butt — he’s just a crotchety RINO.

  • Pat Loudoun

    How about THAT for a reminder that no one gives up power easily.

  • Stone Bryson


  • KansasGirl

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
    That picture shows me that McCain is now irrelevant…

  • Rulz

    I supported a primary against John McCain the last time he ran.

  • notenoughtime

    The ride should have been awkward for McCain and certainly not Rand! McCain and Graham should be thanked for finally giving all a visual of what is wrong with the party and highlighting that Rand is a welcome change!

  • BeeKaaay

    Awkward for John McCain, not for Rand Paul.

  • $27789750

    They need bigger elevators. lol

  • n4cerinc

    Yeah only awkward for the snake on the elevator. Sold out for a cheap dinner that the rest of us paid for.

  • lcky9

    I am an OLD women (well at least over 55) and let me tell you when McCain ran last time I wouldn’t vote for the RINO.. HOWEVER if RAND runs I will volunteer to work on his campaign..while I might disagree with him sometimes I disagree with McCain ALL the time.. NOT all OLD people are adverse to voting for someone who is younger and makes sense as they are adverse to voting for a NITWIT old man who THINKS he makes sense..

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    I would have stared McCain down… that is total nonsense.

  • DizzyMissL

    Out with the old and in with the new

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Once in the elevator, Paul told McCain “I drink your milkshake”.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    [Elevator Scene]

    McCain: “….”

    Paul: “So that daughter of yours is a chip off the ‘ol block.”

    McCain: “…”

    Paul: “This is my floor. I think RINOs and ladies underwear are up on 12. Catch ya later.”

  • Guest

    There had to have been silence in that elevator…
    the occupants had NOTHING in common.

  • Everybodys All American

    I am Rand Paul who are you?

  • SophieRo3

    “Angry McCain ups ante, calls Paul, Cruz ‘wacko birds’”

    McCain’s going the way of the dodo bird.


  • Matt

    I’m anxiously awaiting Megan McCain’s response. My guess “Rand is a meaniehead!!!!!”

  • Symph2001

    I, personally, feel a great deal of shame that I still have a McCain yard sign hidden in my garage. I need to quietly burn it in the dead of night. It will erase the physical evidence but not the stain on my soul.

  • David Shrock

    One word describes McCain and Graham….flaccid.

  • John Betts

    would have been great if they started doing the harlem shake.