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“To His Dying Breath”: McCain Regrets Picking Palin, Wants Pence But Not Trump At Funeral

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The New York Times has given John McCain (R-AZ) quite the sendoff – detailing a trip made by Joe Biden and his wife Jill to the dying senator’s Arizona ranch last Sunday where the former Vice President “wanted to let him know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage.

The NYT‘s longtime op-ed writer Frank Bruni, meanwhile, lauds McCain and trashes Trump in an article entitled Battling Donald Trump With His Dying Breaths.

As Bruni makes it quite clear, McCain may be near the end of the road, he’s far from done making his mark.

Mr. McCain, 81, is still in the fight, struggling with the grim diagnosis he received last summer: He has been leading conference calls with his staff in a strained voice, grinding out three-hour physical therapy sessions and rewarding himself most days with a tall glass of Absolut Elyx on ice. –NYT

Inbetween tall glasses of iced vodka, “most days,” McCain also filmed a nearly two-hour HBO documentary at his Hidden Valley Ranch, and is coming out with what he acknowledges will be his last book, “The Restless Wave,” both set for release this month.

The film and the book, a copy of which The New York Times obtained independently of Mr. McCain, amount to the senator’s final say on his career and a concluding argument for a brand of pro-free trade and pro-immigration Republicanism that, along with his calls for preserving the American-led international order, have grown out of fashion under President Trump. –NYT

Some highlights from the New York Times coverage:

  • McCain is suffering “debilitating side effects” from aggressive cancer treatment as he spends his final days in Arizona
  • He has few regrets – though one is that he chose Sarah Palin as his 2008 running mate instead of tapping Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman.

“It was sound advice that I could reason for myself…But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”

He calls the decision not to pick Mr. Lieberman “another mistake that I made” in his political career, a self-indictment that includes his involvement in the Keating Five savings and loan scandal and his reluctance to speak out during his 2000 presidential bid about the Confederate battle flag flying above the South Carolina Capitol.

  • McCain doesn’t want Trump at his funeral – instead insisting that Vice President Mike Pence attend the service in Washington’s National Cathedral.

His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship. –NYT

  • McCain’s associates have been quietly spreading the word that they want a “McCain person” to eventually fill his Senate seat – “a roster that includes his wife, Cindy.

The matter of succession for the McCain seat — a topic of such intense discussion that Republicans officials here joke that Washington lawyers know Arizona election law better than any attorney in the state — is officially verboten among party officials and the senator’s friends. They are determined to reward him with the same good ending that his friend Senator Edward M. Kennedy enjoyed before he succumbed to brain cancer in 2009.

McCain’s Dying Breaths

In a second Saturday article, Frank Bruni details the Arizona Senator’s battles with President Trump – who McCain has criticized for his “half-baked, spurious nationalism.”

The fight isn’t really between two men. It’s between two takes on what matters most in this messy world. I might as well be blunt: It’s between the high road and the gutter. McCain has always believed, to his core, in sacrifice, honor and allegiance to something larger than oneself. Trump believes in Trump, and whatever wreckage he causes in deference to that god is of no concern.

“Trump is in every single way the opposite of John McCain,” Bob Kerrey told me recently. “He may be the opposite of every president we ever had.” Kerrey and McCain both served in Vietnam, they overlapped in the Senate and they stay in touch. So Kerrey knows that Trump has caused McCain no small measure of anguish, but less because of Trump’s crassness and the daily tragicomedy of his administration — this, too, shall pass — than because of “the impact on democracy.” It could be enduring, and it could be profound. –Frank Bruni, NYT

Which, Bruni writes of McCain, is “why a patriot like him could never sit this one out.”

Bruni also suggests that Trump is threatened by McCain’s biography, then goes on to mention Trump’s allegedly falsified health report, his multiple draft deferments due to bone spurs, and Trump’s claim that Barack Obama was born outside the United States.

Trump jump-started his political career with the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the United States and thus an illegitimate president. During the last weeks of Trump’s presidential campaign, he branded Hillary Clinton a criminal and encouraged supporters to chant, “Lock her up.”

During the last weeks of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, he grew so concerned about supporters’ hostility to and misconceptions about Obama that he corrected and essentially chided them. “He is a decent person,” he told a man who had volunteered that he was “scared” of an Obama presidency. When a woman at that same campaign event chimed in that Obama was “an Arab,” McCain told her that she was wrong. “He’s a decent family man,” he added. –NYT

Other choice words for the sitting President include:

  • “Trump is never to blame and quick to malign onetime allies who have grown inconvenient.”
  • “Trump demands instant gratification.”
  • “Trump invites pity for all the slights he suffers plus plenty that he only imagines, and he readily boasts about achievements actual and hallucinated.”
  • “Such grace is unimaginable from Trump. That’s why it’s so vital that McCain is using his waning time to model it.”

Meanwhile, other journalists, such as Australia’s Caitlin Johnstone, can’t wait for McCain to “Please Just Fucking Die Already,” writing – (before his cancer diagnosis) “This evil man has supported every US military bloodbath in his obscenely long lifetime, and has been actively involved in both promoting and manufacturing support for every single despicable act of military invention throughout his entire career.”

I sincerely, genuinely hope that Arizona Senator John McCain’s heart stops beating, and that he is subsequently declared dead by qualified medical professionals very soon. I don’t wish him a painful death, I don’t wish him a slow death, I don’t wish him an unnatural or violent death; I only wish that he becomes incapable of facilitating the merciless slaughter of any more human beings.

Johnstone sums up precisely why the left (in this case the New York Times) has taken up a defense of McCain in his waning years:

Like all neocons have done since the advent of neoconservatism, McCain promotes a very hawkish, anti-detente position toward Russia, which he has been advancing like a good little horseman of the apocalypse at every possible opportunity, from Syria to sanctions to NATO provocations. For this reason he has found himself in what is hopefully the twilight of his life the sudden darling of the Democratic party, which, in its relentless striving to do literally anything other than move left, has been trying to make red-baiting and McCarthyism cool again. –Caitlin Johnstone

“So yeah, if John McCain could go ahead and die sooner rather than later, that would be awesome.”

Johnstone’s reply to McCain’s cancer diagnosis? “Good

via www.zerohedge.com

20 COMMENTS

  1. “to his dying breath…..” The only reason I even voted for tis lowlife traitor was Sarah Palin. Take that breath soon McCain. BTW, I seriously doubt the President (which is a title you thankfully never received) would really want to be at your funeral or really be in the same room as you!

  2. Here lies John McCain
    Asswhole to the end
    Born 1936
    Died Not soon enough
    A man who could be trusted never to be counted on.

  3. I agree Trump won’t waste his time on this traitor, he’s a traitor to his Party and his Country. His remains should be buried in a land fill. And he should be buried as a Dumocrap.

  4. A sample of the ROT elected to the Senate. His passing will be cheered by many.
    His record along with his buddies Hillary. Biden. Kennedy. Kerry and their ilk have stained the office as senator. Shame on the voters who have failed to recognize their crimes.

    • Please be respectful of Senator McCain at this time in his life. There is no need to insult him now. I voted for him and I like and respect the great conservative Gov. Sarah Palin and I would vote for her if she were to run again. I’m with President Trump 100%. I’m one of the millions of “deplorables” in our country who want to MAGA. But this man is dying so lets behave as Christians and wish him a happy death. And keep him in our prayers. May our Lord have mercy on his soul.

  5. If Pence has aspirations of being accepted as a real leader, he’d miss the event and go golfing with the President that day.

  6. One should not speak ill of the almost dead, and GOD forgive me for doing so, but Song Bird McCain should do America a big favor and leave this Earthly plane. Who he invites to his funeral is his business and I pray that Trump and Pence won’t bother. I will not go and, neither, will I feel bad. With Song Bird out of the picture and through using his traitorous tactics, maybe the dumbocraps will be even further down the “ladder” and America will finally start healing! One can only hope!

  7. I don’t see how Arizonians could continue electing him, he must have been elected by Democrats, because he never was a Republican. He was the main reason that the word RINO was invented.

  8. Any Patriotic service he has done for his country is now overshadowed by his betrayal. Now he is nothing more than a corrupt globalist working against the very country, and Constitution that he swore to protect. I have no sympathy for John McCain, He is a disgrace to his country, and is just one more example of what is wrong with DC. I”m sure he will have plenty of company in Hell when he gets there

  9. After I found out what role he really played while a prisoner in Vietnam I regretted voting for him, actually I voted against Obama in that case. He his a controversial individual who should not have a held a position in Congress, he is NOT a Republican, never was.

  10. He was a traitor when he was a POW and he is a traitor TODAY. That is right some take the high road and some take the low road and he takes the road lower than anyone else. He is a disgrace to the REPUBLICAN PARTY. He is not fit to polish Trump’s shoes. And what makes him think Trump wants to go to his funeral. It will be mostly Democrats. Those are who he has represented.

  11. The reason I didn’t vote for him was because of Palin. If he had died in office we would have had an airhead for President

  12. even in near death McCain & this writer have to trash President Trump. I wish McCain would just fade away.

  13. The only reason that traitorous leftist McCain got any votes at all was precisely because Palin was on the ticket.

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