Skip to main content

John McCain and President Bush on August 29, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina was tearing into New Orleans
Misty water-colored memories ... of the way we were.
I think we're beginning to get a better picture of what makes ex-presidential candidate current professional talk show chair warmer John McCain tick, but I don't know that it's any more flattering than our original assumptions that it's post-electoral bile. This article on Sen. Sunday is not a particularly kind look in general, but there certainly is a theme that can be sussed out:
As an example, [Charlie Black] said that Obama met with McCain after the 2008 election to discuss common areas of interest, including immigration. “And then he never heard from Obama again,” Black said. […]

McCain said that the Obama administration gave him a confidential mission during a trip to Iraq to ascertain the willingness of Iraqi leaders to accept a significant residual force. […] McCain said he never heard back and read in the papers about the administration’s decision to dramatically scale down. […]

After a gunman gravely injuredcolleague Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in January 2011, McCain, with Salter’s help, wrote an editorial commending Obama for his speech in the wake of the Tucson shooting. McCain said he received an invitation to the White House, where the two former adversaries discussed immigration reform in the Oval Office. Obama, he said, pledged his commitment to move the issue forward. “They never got back to me,” McCain said.

… which fits the pattern of McCain as being, well, someone who is damn bitter that he does not have a bigger role in things, who demands a bigger role in things, and who goes to special efforts to make sure he either does have that role or, alternatively, will just take up the mantle of whatever other thing he can get his hands on that might offer some decent television time (Benghazi). McCain is already the Official Senator of All of Sunday Television, the person the nation turns to in order to find out the curmudgeonly Republican opinion on things; he also seems to expect that the White House ought to be treating him as, what, an unofficial cabinet member?

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site