There’s an episode of “Major Crimes” where Detective Sanchez is under investigation for the murder of his mother’s homecare nurse.
When Mrs. Sanchez is questioned about the physical altercation between her son and her nurse that occurred several hours before the nurse is found dead, she rails against the guy. He was no good. Lazy, never on time. Dishonest.
But when she learns that her nurse was later killed in his apartment, Mrs. Sanchez shifts gears and mutters, “Oh, that poor boy.”
That’s what we’re seeing now with John McCain.
Suddenly his dying makes him a saint.
Honorable, decent – a man of integrity.
Like this tweet from Mitt Romney:
No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service,
sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain. His heroism
inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 24, 2018
Laying it on bit thick, aren’t you Mitt?
It would have been quicker if he just wrote, “Oh, that poor boy.”
Meanwhile, life in the real world goes on.
There’s a primary coming up in Arizona to choose the Republican candidate for Jeff Flake’s seat.
And when Tomi Lahren was there campaigning with Kelli Ward, she pointed out that Arizona didn’t need another RINO like John McCain or Jeff Flake.
What exactly was incorrect about this comment?
But because John McCain’s impending death has made him a saint, her comment was met with “well-I-nevering” horror.
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m not a fan of Tomi Lahren. But that’s not the point.
She isn’t the first person to call McCain a RINO. He’s been called a RINO for decades. And his dying doesn’t un-RINO-fy him.
Yet apparently some people took to their fainting couches over Tomi’s remark.
The way Senator McCain has been treated in the twilight of his life, particularly by members of his own party, has been heartbreaking. https://t.co/TuSWGSzaBI
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 24, 2018
“How dare people treat John McCain the way he’s treated them for years?!”
”Don’t you know he’s a saint now?!”
The criticisms many on the right have against John McCain are the same ones we’ve always had against John McCain.
It’s not like Lahren’s remark was prompted by his impending death for Pete’s sake.
I’ve been relentlessly critical of McCain since I first began writing columns back in 2013.
Some of my best material came from hammering McCain. Like my personal favorite joke: Nobody was excited about McCain for President. In fact, I’m relatively certain that even John McCain voted for Obama in 2008. Dislike for McCain runs that deep.
Let’s be honest. John McCain is a bitter, angry crank who clings to resentments as tightly as an old woman clutches her pocketbook.
He takes pleasure in screwing over fellow Republicans.
And he’s such a suck-up to the Left he doesn’t think twice about stabbing us in the back.
It’s been that way for years.
And his dying certainly doesn’t undo any of that.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel the need to dance on his grave or wish that he burns in hell.
I’m not a ghoul.
At the same time, I’m not going to make him out to be a saint just because he’s dying.
He is insulting and disparaging of Republicans — calling the Tea Party “Hobbits,” referring to conservative Senators like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as “wacko birds.”
He is more cruel and insulting to members of his own party than he ever was to any Democrat.
And that includes being disparaging of his own constituents.
Remember the time McCain called Arizonans who supported Trump “crazies?”
Of course you do. It was that nasty insult directed at his constituents that prompted Donald Trump to hit back at McCain – the infamous “he insulted McCain being a POW!!! What a meanie!!!” incident.
And don’t forget McCain ran for reelection in Arizona promising to fight for the repeal of Obamacare.
Turned out, he meant fight the repeal of Obamacare. Because when the opportunity finally arose to follow through on his campaign promise, McCain stabbed Arizonans in the back and cast the deciding vote to keep Obamacare in place.
We’re not stabbing McCain in the back “in the twilight of his life.”
Although if we did decide to stab him in the back, we could always use one of the many knives he stuck into our own.
And if you are shocked by the way some fellow Republicans are treating McCain now, maybe you should take a look at how he’s treating fellow Republicans as he hovers at death’s door.
You get what you give.
Dying hasn’t changed the arrogant, entitled jerk one bit.
So why should we pretend he’s a saint?
Tell me. When he announced that he was stopping treatment, did he also announce he was stepping down from the Senate?
No. He didn’t.
He’s clinging to his Senate seat even tighter than he clings to resentments.
As I said earlier, life goes on.
The state of Arizona doesn’t stop needing two Senators in Washington just because John McCain is dying.
But they don’t have two Senators in Washington.
Hell, I’m not even sure if they have one. Is Flake even back from Africa yet?!
By refusing to resign, McCain is putting himself first. That’s not “service,” Mitt. In fact, he is doing a disservice to the state of Arizona.
If John McCain was truly the honorable man of integrity Mitt Romney thinks he is, he would step down and clear the way for the Governor to appoint an interim Senator who actually shows up for work.
But even knowing he is in “the twilight of his life,” McCain stays firmly wedged in his Senate seat like a tick on a dog’s back.
But not his literal seat — he hasn’t been in Washington, let alone the Senate chamber, for months.
Even faced with his own mortality, McCain remains the selfish, narcissistic creep he always was.
So this sudden make-over to portray McCain as a saintly wonderful man of integrity is a wee bit much to take.
Listen, none of us is a saint.
And certainly not John McCain.
Isn’t it better if we recognize who he really is — warts and all?
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