In the 2008 election season, disdain for Senator John McCain (R AZ) was plenty, mostly for bringing toxic snowbilly grifter Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska, into his fold as his running mate. Flagrant readers more than likely would not often align themselves with the cantankerous Republican, but his sane presence in the Senate is a smidgen of relief, possibly a silver lining in the circus Trump has created. McCain knows his job, he knows how our government works, and though we might not “love” government’s rigid structure, it’s what is holding this current shitsandwich together.
In an August 31 Washington Post op-ed, McCain published a timely civics lesson while at the same time described Trump in a nutshell. It states “…Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.
“We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”
During the scrambled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act in July, mean turtle-face Mitch McConnell (recent Twitter fodder for Screamer-in-Chief) called recovering McCain back to Washington as vote reinforcement. The Arizona Senator had just undergone a medical procedure (blood clot removal), yet he arrived to the Senate floor fresh out of the hospital with stitches and bruises and an unfortunate brain tumor diagnosis. Despite his party affiliation, McCain’s turn in the debate showed admirable backbone and experienced reason, criticizing all lawmakers for voting the party-line as well as the cockamamie conservative effort to force repeal legislation. In the end, the real blow was to the GOP and Trump when he voted no on the repeal.
In the op-ed he reiterates sound recommendations, “I argued during the health-care debate for a return to regular order, letting committees of jurisdiction do the principal work of crafting legislation and letting the full Senate debate and amend their efforts. We won’t settle all our differences that way, but such an approach is more likely to make progress on the central problems confronting our constituents.”
McCain’s concern for the nation is genuine, as he goes on to address the budget and immigration, with an aim for compromise and cooperation to avoid the government shutdown Trump threatened if he doesn’t get his wall. On immigration, it’s a relief to hear McCain’s civil, measured suggestion.
“A literal wall might not be the most effective means to that end, but we can provide the resources necessary to secure the border with smart and affordable measures. Let’s make it part of a comprehensive bill that members of both parties can get behind—one that values our security as well as the humanity of immigrants and their contributions to our economy and culture.”
It is no surprise McCain has been a target of spoiled sport’s rage, most lately at Trump’s disastrous Phoenix Rally when he disparaged both Arizona senators (the other being Jeff Flake) via a chicken-shit approach of not outright stating their names.
“One vote, speak to your senator, please, speak to your senator,” Trump said, cowardly pointing to McCain killing the repeal bill.
In stark gracious contrast to dingbat’s rambling, McCain closed his op-ed thusly: “Let’s try it on tax reform and infrastructure improvement and all the other urgent priorities confronting us. These are all opportunities to show that ordinary, decent, free people can govern competently, respectfully and humbly, and to prove the value of the United States Congress to the great nation we serve.”