Fresh from scolding Rand Paul, John McCain laments Carl Levin’s retirement

While Sen. Rand Paul was sneaking bites of a candy bar yesterday during his 13-hour filibuster, his colleague Sen. John McCain was out to dinner out with President Obama. The well-fed senator didn’t make it back to assist with the filibuster, but instead took to the floor today to denounce Paul for his “political stunt.” McCain sounds like he’s gotten over his anger; now he’s sad because his good friend, Democrat Sen. Carl Levin, will not seek reelection, opening the possibility of a GOP pick-up next year.

Perhaps McCain would be less sad if he joined his good friend in retirement?

  • Maxx

    Sir, of all places for one of our cherished Vietnam veterans to be….instead of standing with Rand, you chose to dine with the very man who has authorized drone killings of Americans on our own soil. We’re not talking about perverted Americans working against our soldiers overseas. I’m all for prosecuting the war on terror against these traitors in foreign lands but I’m talking about a future where drones hover over the Catskills or our great northwest…circling machines of death monitoring American towns and cities, turning amber waves of grain into killing fields with just one nod of the head. Who then is the judge and jury and ultimate executioner …the very man who you raised a toast with last night? Or perhaps the man who sent firearms to drug kingpins in Mexico. Are these your new “distinguished colleagues?”

    We took the same oath…to support and defend this country from enemies both foreign and domestic. What a sad day it has become when a former fighter pilot would rather eat a meal than stand with a patriot, who ironically isn’t a military man at all…rather an ophthalmologist from Kentucky.

    What on earth has happened to you?

    –USN Ret.

    • Spatial Awareness

      I think his “stay” in Hanoi is beginning to break the surface. It is time for him to retire.

      • conservativechick

        He thinks it is inconceivable that our Government would use drones on US citizens? Osama Bin Laden’s son in law in the states since MARCH 1st to stand trial in civilian court and no one knew? Covert enough for McCain?

        • Spatial Awareness

          I’m starting to believe these career politicians are either incredibly stupid or just plain evil.

          • freeinaz

            I’m leaning towards both.

        • freeinaz

          McCain just loves the power aspect of being a senator. If he hadn’t gone into politics he’d be working the drive-thru at some Taco Bell someplace.

    • almarquardt

      Well stated, sir. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your service and the many sacrifices you must have made to serve our country well.

    • Tangchung

      His change started happening a few years after first winning the senate. McCain divorced his first wife who was disabled at the time I believe. Ronald Reagan and Nancy were close friends to McCains wife and gave her a job a job in the WH visitor office. McCain started with a few jabs here and there at reagan, then became known as “Maverick ” darling to the media. Just my thoughts when he started changing.

      • Catchance

        Exactly. He will go whichever way he thinks will make him popular with the media. I’ve been trying to get rid of him ever since he and DeConcini were shown to be part of the Keating 5, but alas, there hasn’t been anyone strong enough to oppose him in the Republican primaries.

        • Tangchung

          Yep, everyone forgets about the keating 5 just like they forget about Clinton’s and mcdougal with “whitewater” Madison savings and loan.

        • itekisan

          Ha, Keating 5, I haven’t heard that phrase in years. That was when I realized he wasn’t a good egg as well.

          There is also speculation that DeConcini also made a boatload of money from buying up land where the CAP canal was going to go, and subsequently selling it to the government at a huge profit. I remember he said that *he* didn’t own the land, his brother (or some other family) did.

          • Catchance

            DeConcini’s assets tripled during his time in the Senate, most of it with federal land deals. He was about as crooked as they come. McCain might not actually have been found culpable in the Keating scandal, but you can’t play in the mud with pigs and not get dirty. He’s always been too willing to compromise with people like Ted Kennedy and even Obama.

        • almarquardt

          There’s also McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform which was blatantly unconstitutional in my opinion. It also made no difference as people found work-arounds to the law, and now campaigning is more expensive than ever.

        • freeinaz

          I was there with you. Never liked McCain and detest him even more now.

    • TugboatPhil

      I’m with you, Maxx. Military service only goes so far. John Murtha was once an honorable Marine. Benedict Arnold was one of our greatest Army Officers. When you turn your back on the country to curry favor with the elites you cheapen the oath you have taken to Support and Defend.

      –USN (ret)

      • Red Fred

        To openly go on the floor and play a “duet” in opposition of Rand, Cruz, and others, with juvenile name calling, tells me all I ever need to know about McCain and Graham.

    • mdtljt

      Sir, may I add my heartfelt gratitude for your service, along with humble thanks to your family as well. I will gladly stand shoulder to shoulder with you & every other true patriot to defend & protect this Great Nation when the time comes…although I hope it never comes to that. Again, thank you…fair winds & following seas…

    • Squirrel!

      Great post! Thank you for your service! While I’m not from AZ, I fired off an email to Sen McCain (or more like his staff) today, berating him, after hearing of his response to Sen. Paul. It is time for his retirement.

      • Vennoye

        Have given up on phone calls and emails; BUT I am having lots of fun posting on their FB pages! At least on FB it is out there for everyone to read and “like” those FB pages give them a lot of exposure to feedback!! You don’t even have to live in their state to tell them what you think like the e-mails!!

        • Squirrel!

          Some won’t allow an email if you’re not in their state & some do. McCain’s didn’t prevent me from emailing him fortunately. I’m not on any social networking site. Did FB so I had a soapbox until after the election. Glad there are ppl out there who do social network and can expose them on those sites. Although, I don’t think these ppl are phased. They’re sickening!

      • freeinaz

        Don’t expect a reply. I make it a point to send McCain an email at least once a week and sometimes twice. I live in AZ and this clown will never reply to any of my correspondence. I’ve even sent him letters via snail mail with the same results. He just believes he’s way above all of us and we just don’t seem to understand. Never voted for him and I feel like a better person for it.

    • Scott Carroll

      Exxcellent post Maxx (thought I would go with the intentional misspelling, in honor of you sir).

      McCain and Graham are really starting to piss me off. Last night we saw the first ray of light to shine in Republican circles in months. Paul took each one of us by the hand and led us out of the wilderness. He put a fresh coat of paint on the Republican brand and these two testically-challenged dinosaurs want to complain about the color?

      Thanks guys. Left, right, and center last night was a PR bonanza for the Republican party and you come in the next day and take out your wangs and piss on it. I’m sure the President is grateful. I’m sure the next dinner invite is in the mail. With friends like these….

  • Tangchung

    “Michigan & America owe him a deep debt of gratitude” -McCain

    In retirement or death politicians always thinks the tax payers “owe” them.
    I don’t “owe” Sen. Levin sh*t.

    • Bill Board

      Excellent post! Just like they say …. each and every American owes $53,000 in the Nation’s debt. I don’t owe sh*t. I’m not the one who squandered the money.

    • catb55

      Levin has helped ruin Michigan .. I moved out years ago .. McCain should follow Levin’s lead and RETIRE ALSO! and take Gramnesty with him!

      • freeinaz

        Maybe McCain will move to Michigan. Naw, I wouldn’t do that to my fellow Americans in Michigan, McCain should move to Venezuela as there is an opening for dictator to which Johnny boy would fit right in.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Stick a fork in McCain and Graham…they’re Well-Done.

  • almarquardt

    McCain, Durbin, et al are some of those “old white men” I would like to see as part of our past, and (heritage-irrelevant) Freedom-loving Constitution-respecting young(er) people as part of our future.

    • TugboatPhil

      Andra, I think we are seeing the beginning of the chaff blowing away from the wheat.

      • almarquardt

        We can always hope.

  • Ben Bollman

    I find it amazing that the people screaming just a few days ago that we need to become more moderate are now silent. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are proof that speaking conservatism from the heart works and gets us followers because deep down the majority of people believe the same as us and the thing that has been standing in our way is listening to those like McCain and Graham that want us to act more like liberals. It doesn’t work because most people don’t want the liberal ideology even though some don’t realize it yet.

    • Vennoye

      People coming out talking about “big tent” have absolutely no credibility WHEN they ridicule and demean the Libertarians who will vote with the conservatives on issues…….and are all warm and fuzzy about illegals who vote against conservatives 100 to 1!! Time to call out “old bulls” for what they have become.

      • Desertcatn

        The pols like McCain need to retire, they got us into this mess with their contempt for libertarian values; history was made last night!

  • SpinMeNot

    Ah yes, John McCain laments the lose of a pro-big government, anti-2nd amendment politician (one of 16 senators that voted against the Vitter Act) and used the 2003 Defense Procurement Bill to provide corporate welfare to the big 3 for fuel cell research. He was also a darling of the ALCU.

    In fairness, he was the author of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

    I will stand with Maxx and ask, “What happened to you Mr. McCain?”

    US Army, 1968 – 1985.

  • Karl Morey

    Michigan owes him a debt of gratitude? More like we just owe debt. (D)s are a big part of why we’re in such a sorry position right now.

  • AngelaTC

    As a Michigan resident, I’ve called Levin’s office from time to time. His staffers are some of the most arrogant human beings on the planet. I relish the thought of them being unemployed.

  • Steve_J

    The guy is just pathetic.

  • Neil Leininger

    Washington is definitely bizarro world.

    • Desertcatn

      I hated seeing Rand Paul walking into that DC parking lot alone, hope he had people somewhere around him, we need him!

  • Bill Board

    What is most sickening to me is Graham and McCain badmouthing Senator Paul when he was on the Senate floor defending our Constitutional rights and the two of them were out dining with the traitor who is trying to eliminate the Constitution.

  • Netmilsmom

    I’m in MI and like Mike W, I’m ready to dance in the streets! Levin is a commie red stain on us. Maybe he can get a job with Al Jazzera America to replace his BFF Jennifer Grandholm.

  • nc

    Of course we honor Sen McCain for his service. But that doesn’t give him carte blanche to do or say anything without criticism. Senator, you’ve gone too far. Go take your wife and live out your remaining years in good health far far away from Washington DC and further public life. You’ve done enough.

    • Desertcatn

      Plus McCain has played that card for all it’s worth. My father was a two-term Vietnam, Korean war veteran and he was proud to have served but would never speak of it in such a self-serving way.

  • Jim Denney

    We owe Levin? He and his buddy Big Spender McCain owes US about $16T.

  • Markward

    Senator Levin Serves the PEOPLE, we owe him nothing. Time for all of you elected royalty to be reminded. Vote the bums out!

  • TocksNedlog

    “Sad to hear my dear friend & distinguished colleague Sen. Carl Levin will retire – Michigan & America owe him a deep debt of gratitude”
    — Sen. McCain speaks true!
    Thanks to Carl Levin, Michigan & America ARE in deep debt.

  • Gregg Hammerquist

    And everyone was so eager to choose him over Romney in ’08.

  • Anon

    Someone’s Jimmies are overrustled.

  • kim

    Really Johnny? You think this makes you the media darling? Levin is right up there in the top 25 most crooked politicians. You need to retire Johnny. And please, take your dumbass daughter with you

  • DorothyGrissom

    This is just more proof McCain is a true RINO. No wonder he lost to the least qualified person to ever run for President.

  • Shawn

    My grandfather was a WW2 vet, and he saw how McCain was prostituting his service as a POW and he hated it… I know the reason why I don’t like him either, what an asshat

  • Steve_J

    His actions over many years do make a me wonder what occurred when he was a POW.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    McCain and Graham, henceforth referred to as JohnLin, are done. These two dinosaurs represent the problem we have with our GOP. This old school, old mentality, and an inability to get in step with the modern American mindset is killing the party. JohnLin’s very public display of divisiveness re Rand Paul, Rubio, and Cruz is the last straw. These dinosaurs are so afraid of losing their “leadership” role in the party, but sadly they’re the only ones who think they are still relevant to where the party needs to be.

    What a pathetic duo. Thanks for your service, JohnLin, but your 15 minutes are up. Time for the GOP to move into the 21st century and you’re too out of step to make the trip.

    Retire and fade away into the sunset like a good little soldier.

    JohnLin RIP

  • JustLikeAnimals

    King Hussein must have laced the free dinner with stupid-powder or idiot juice. The next day JohnLin show up on the senate floor slamming the new mavericks in the GOP and chewing on Dick Durban’s penis.

    JohnLin: Obama’s new waterboys.

  • Typewriterstreaming

    I can’t believe I voted for this completer Jack ASS.

  • lillymckim

    I respect John McCains military service to the USA but no longer his rhetoric!
    What he did to another Republican Senator Rand Paul was inexcusable, just blatant Obama politicking at best.
    Rand Paul was standing for the US while McCain and Graham were being served up as desert by Obama.
    The USA is watching..

  • freeinaz

    The only word I can think of for McCain is JACKASS