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First off, let me say that I applaud John McCain for standing up to the Bush apologists and telling the truth - that torture did not help us find and kill Osama Bin Laden.  That torture - or "enhanced interrogation", if you're a moron - does more harm than good, more often than not.  I thank him, and think that he's a brave man for going against the snarling-dog right wingers.  

Unfortunately, it's not enough.

It's not enough too make up for Sarah Palin, who you clearly did not vett before you chose her as your running mate.  Perhaps if you had chosen someone else, we wouldn't be burdened with this imbecilic, empty-headed moron.  And maybe she never would have left Alaska, and never would have been a national figure at all.  And, dare I say it, maybe Gabby Giffords would never have been shot in the head because of a target on her back - all thanks to Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin.

And it's not enough to make up for all the sly racist innuendo during the campaign against Obama, up to and including "That one!"  We all knew what you meant, Mr. McCain - don't vote for that guy!  He's black!  He's got a scary name!  Vote for me!

And it doesn't make up for saying "Today is a very sad day" when Don't ask, Don't tell was repealed.  It's been a while now, John, and, as far as I can tell, the world hasn't ended, no one's been raped in the showers, and unit cohesion hasn't crumbled due to all the gayness floating around.  In fact, I hear it's pretty much the same as it's always been.  Weird.

So, thank you, John McCain, for standing up to those in your party who want to do anything except thank a black man for anything.  It was a noble gesture, and it harkens back to the John McCain who used to know what bipartisanship was all about, who could reach across the aisle when it was warranted.  Unfortunately, I don't think it'll stick.  Which is too bad, because we could use more of that John McCain.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No need to be a damn fool about it. - W.C. Fields

    by Isaacsdad on Thu May 12, 2011 at 09:56:11 PM PDT

  •  Awwww! (2+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR, Onomastic

    He's just being mavericky., also :)

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Thu May 12, 2011 at 09:58:19 PM PDT

  •  What Prompted Him? (3+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR, OleHippieChick, Onomastic

    He's sold out so many times, it's hard to believe McCain is capable of doing the honorable thing now.  

    Could he be mad at Glenn Beck who has been mocking his daughter, Megyn McCain, about her "naked" PSA for skin cancer?  Beck pretended to throw up in a wastepaper basket while watching Megyn's PSA.

    Has McCain realized he's expendable in the Republican party?  He got elected without much help from the leadership.  Maybe he's decided to ditch them in what will probably be his last term as a Senator.

    •  On Beck and slightly unrelated note... (3+ / 0-)
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      AnnieR, OleHippieChick, Onomastic
      Could he be mad at Glenn Beck who has been mocking his daughter, Megyn McCain, about her "naked" PSA for skin cancer?  Beck pretended to throw up in a wastepaper basket while watching Megyn's PSA.

      Sure pissed off Cindy:

      Twitter:

      I'm so glad Glenn Beck is leaving Fox. Enough vitriol and hate. Glenn you are no rodeo clown. They are decent and nice. You aren't.

      My unrelated note is that the women in his life have shown a fair amount of independence since the election and I dare say views that are far closer to my own than those of the mainstream GOP.

      Perhaps if he'd let them, rather than the Alaskan blunderbuss do more talking in his campaign he may have faired a little better in some states like VA and NC.

  •  We don't need to reach us with this message, we (1+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic

    need to reach the kind of people who listen to John McCain - which includes most of the mainstream media, who just love to have him on their talking head shows.  If McCain speaking up now provides a good pushback to all of the pro-torture talk suddenly appearing, I am all for it.  I wish the media would listen to us, but they won't.  The important thing is that the message gets more play.  Torture is wrong.

    They only call it Class War when we fight back.

    by lineatus on Fri May 13, 2011 at 05:03:42 AM PDT

  •  Giving Credit to McCain, on one score only (0+ / 0-)

    it's not that it's "too late" -

    McCain has always been outspoken against torture, but let's ponder who he's talking to -

    McCain's tragic flaw was to sell his soul to the Party, and in doing so he lost any hope he could actually maintain the integrity he once had.

    Look at McCain's statements regarding torture throughout his career; incluing when the first pictures of Abu Ghraib came up;

    Now for some perspective, let's you and I pretend we are John McCain, and we want to go before the Republican party since 1994 and tell them that torture is bad - or that the Earth is round for that matter -

    See the problem.

    McCain is a tragic figure, but on this one score, the problem was not McCain.

    Jesus Christ Almighty could have flown into the Joint Session of Congress when Bush (well, Cheney) was president and said that torture was bad,  - if he had dropped in through the ceiling on a white horse with wings, wearing luminescent white robe and halo, and if he had said any such thing about the evils of war, meek inheriting the Earth, or to turn the other cheek,

    The Neocon Republican Star Chamber would have dragged Jesus himself him outside in front of the cameras and called a traitor before the world.

    I pity McCain, he truly sold his soul to run with the Republicans.

    But on torture, I give him some credit; he's been consistent.

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Fri May 13, 2011 at 05:32:24 AM PDT

  •  My thoughts on why (1+ / 0-)
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      There was an article about the most unpopular Senators and McCain was one of them.  As he stated during his last Senate campaign, he never was a maverick.  My take is that he is trying to improve his creds, so history will look kindly on him.

       It will take more than a single statement for him to gain back any respect.  Speaking the truth may be just too much for the far-right, so let's see how the TPer's respond.

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