Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Piss Off, John McCain

John McCain, there are precious few silver linings for me after last night, but one of them is that you lost. Overwhelmingly. You got your sorry butt kicked, and I'm glad. You are a worthless legislator, and I'm glad to see your political career end so ignobly.

McCain-Feingold is a direct assault on the First Amendment, one of the most important liberties in American political life, and you had the audacity to put your name on it. That alone should have gotten you immediately fired by the people of Arizona, and it is to their deep and abiding shame that they did not.

Mr. Senator, remember this line?

"When asked whether McCain-Feingold violates freedom of speech, McCain said, 'I
would rather have a clean government than one where quote "First Amendment
rights" are being respected that has become corrupt. If I had mychoice, I'd
rather have the clean government.'"

Well now you have neither. Did it ever occur to you that free speech tends to encourage clean government? I suppose not.

You called your base racist when they wanted to secure their own borders. You attacked your own party to curry favor with a press that turned on you the second you were no longer useful to them. You refused to make legitimate attacks against Obama, or to let other Republicans do so. You let Obama silence you by playing the race card in the most absurd situations. You founded the gang of 14, undermining the President's ability to appoint conservative justices (and incidentally, let's see how Obama's Senate will honor the spirit of that agreement).

I sincerely believe that you could not have had a second term. You would have screwed things up and doomed the party in 2012, just as Obama will screw things up and doom his party in 2012. My only regret is that you chose to screw things up in a year when the president will have the power to replace at least two Supreme Court Justices, dooming us to decades more of heavy leftist influence.