Does dying make you a saint?

Saint John

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:

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?

Nothing really.

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.

“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.

Not you.

Not me.

And certainly not John McCain.

Isn’t it better if we recognize who he really is — warts and all?

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27 thoughts on “Does dying make you a saint?

  • August 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    I won’t speak ill of McCain despite the fact I could going clear back to his POW internment.

    What I will point out is Tomi Lahren nor Kelly Ward had no idea the announcement was going to be made so the hyperventilating is stupid and opportunistic.

  • August 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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    Will his body still be warm when the books start rolling out extolling his greatness as The Maverick?

  • August 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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    Tomi’s comment is completely appropriate BECAUSE McCain hasn’t relinquished his office. He’s still a “working” politician and therefore fair game for all those types of attacks.

  • August 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    I am sorry he has this disease and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. However, this man is no saint. His acidic comments about the Tea Party and other conservatives always angered me. Remember, he is the one who single-handedly crippled the repeal of CommieCare. He was THE ONE. And, having read the entire naval report about the incident in Vietnam, he is no hero. Problem here is that his stature has been puffed up so much over the years that the REAL John McCain has been basically erased. Recall how he treated Sarah Palin. Too many people on his presidential campaign became turncoats and are now on either MSLSD or CNN. Recall how he treated his first wife (yet the media will gloat over Trump’s prior marriages). And don’t get me started on his daughter.

    Sorry I had to vote for him in 2008, but what other choice did I (or any other normal person) have?

    You can rest assured that some senator or congress critter somewhere will DEMAND that a street be named after him….or even change the name of the Lincoln Memorial!!! Wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t Lyin’ Ryan or No Chin Mitch.

  • August 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    We were more loyal to him, than he was to us. That is the legacy of McCain. My hope is that he’s made his peace with God, but since he remains bitter to us till the end I have my doubts. He hates us and has made an excellent Democrat all these years.

  • August 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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    It’s called “mental incontinence” !! So many politicians on both sides have overstayed their welcome by becoming blithering idiots in their twilight years.

    Twenty five current senators are 70yrs old or older. Eight of them including McCain are 80yrs old or older with Diane Feinstein being the oldest at 83 1/2.

    There’s a minimum age requirement for elected office. If we can’t have term limits then there should be age limits where retirement is mandatory.

    • August 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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      Not just the twilight years.

  • August 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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    My McCain story; I wasn’t seeing any McCain Palin signs in my neighborhood so I looked up the local party headquarters to see about getting some paraphernalia (I was really supporting the other half of the ticket). I picked out a yard sign and a couple of bumper stickers and the nice lady said that “the normal donation is $20 but I could have them for 10”. I went home empty handed.

  • August 25, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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    Okay I’ll be the voice that says I’m glad he is going to be gone soon, because that’s what everyone else who isn’t a liberal is thinking too, truth be told. He was no hero, he tried the hot dog wet start his jet on the deck of the USS Forrestal and killed over a hundred sailors, then called his daddy and flew back to Saigon the same day instead of helping out on Deck. It gets worse, and we all know how. Mistress as his wife is dying of cancer, and that mistress after he married her and got rich through her connections among other things steals medications from her own Charity Hospital because she’s addicted. I say good riddance to bad rubbish, he promised and ran on repealing Obamacare in 2016 and pissed on us all. Bye bye.

    • August 25, 2018 at 10:13 pm
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      You are confusing him with Newt Gingrich. Mcains first wife was in a horrific car accident and he flushed her because she gained weight and was not attractive to him any more. The Forrestal fire was not caused by him . That is bullshit. I have no love for the man. He was a complete jerk but it is not necessary to make up shit about him either.

      • August 26, 2018 at 12:37 am
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        He had a mistress and dumped his first wife… U r right I mixed up fat with cancer. However he was also part of Keating 5 S & L scandal. His wife did steal drugs from her own charity hospital. He was Gang of 8 for immigration sellout. Thumbs down on repeal Obummercare when there are campaign commercials with him saying to his voters he would repeal it in 2016. Good riddance!

  • August 25, 2018 at 10:28 pm
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    Disclaimer
    1/3/67 I was 1 of 56 Jarheads in 1st Mar Div ordered kill Chi Com. 3/68 I was 1 of 28 still walking. I have strong feelings about cowards! bigoted against yellow bellies? You Bet cha!

    95% of the POs never came out alive. Resaid only 1 out of 20 POWs got out alive. Over half of the 5% who lived were either physically or mentally maimed! If you remember the Adm who was Vp for Ross he was clearly mentally maimed “What am I doing here?”

    Johnny was neither. In the 5 years after he came home he was on track for setting the world philanderer record. 1 of his “conquests” would in 6 years be his next wife; and maybe the next liberal Republican in the Senate. He was both physically and mentally (given he would at best been “Anchor Man” had his grandad not been Admiral and his dad Cptn on the way to Adm! It is my feeling (not a documented fact) that had Johnny’ grandad not been an Adm and his dad no been a Cptn; dumkauph Johann would NEVER HAVE GRADUAED!) in top shape.

    Why did Johnny get such favorable treatment? Why was he not killed? Why was he not tortured to physical or mental uselessness?

    I can not say John was a Fonda; but his unbelievable favorable treatment seem to say John was a Fonda!

    SinceI have been anti Stalin for 75 years the Fonda Clan are devils. So John is a Devis (GEFUNTOYVEL JOHANN!)

    NO WAY IN HE*L IS THIS COWARD A SAINT!

    I SAID UP FRONT I AM BIGOTED.

    • August 27, 2018 at 10:27 am
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      Thank you sir for your service to this country.

  • August 26, 2018 at 12:44 am
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    R.I.P.

  • August 26, 2018 at 1:31 am
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    A hateful little man, who pretended to be a patriot. The world is a much better place without him. Condolences to his family.

  • August 26, 2018 at 2:01 am
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    BURN IN HELL AND TORMENT JOHN, POS

  • August 26, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    Did 24 years USN AcDu, a year of arduous sea duty off the coast of Cambodia/South Vietnam and two 6-month cruises on a DLG in the GoT.

    So I have the right to say whatever I like about McCain. But remembering my grandmother’s advice about a situation in which I have nothing good to say about someone, that’s what I’ll say about the serial failer and ironic victim of a disease which had to work so very hard to find a home.

  • August 26, 2018 at 5:38 am
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    I only will say that I am glad to have lived long enough to see the nasty, corrupt, philandering SOB John McCain die.

  • August 26, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    Politics are about divisions. A person’s opinions can set them aside from others and whether these opinions and positions arise out of some value based judgement or from a vindictiveness is sometimes hard to determine.

    McCain managed to piss off just about every conservative republican with his grandstanding and then subsequent opposite voting habits. However, there is one aspect of McCain that rings true and you will agree regardless of your political feelings about him.

    McCain was an attention seeking grand-stander who would take a position if only to get him air time on the networks. Instead of seeking consensus on policy he sought the one that would give him the most press.

    How his later in life habitual attention seeking is reflected on his past career as a naval airman is hard to tell. On principle I hold someone who has higher ranked familial connections in the military to a higher standard and I question his performance more instead of less. I suspect that everyone around him did too.

    As he has died at this point, I am sure history will be a judge of him and that as time goes on and archives are scoured more facts about his service both in the military and in the senate will come to light. Our current task is to see that he is buried. A chapter in our history that is loaded with contradictions and talking points instead of policy points is over as we bury him. I am grateful for that.

  • August 26, 2018 at 11:15 am
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    I don’t know about dancing on his grave, but I sure have to pee!

  • August 26, 2018 at 11:36 am
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    McCain is EXACTLY why we need to have term limits.

  • August 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm
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    Anyone who dares oppose Christian and conservative morality is made into a saint by the Antichrist pagan idolator media, before and after their death. Thus Mccain was made into one of their saints, he was a pussified Antichrist baby murdering rabid dog, just who the Antichrist atheist media love.

  • August 27, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    AZ has not had conservative representation in years, with McCain crossing the aisle to hug the left and never letting go (he did this a long time ago) and Flake worshipping himself and surprised that we don’t do it too. I’m one of those “crazies” who wants Ducey to appoint a proven conservative who will support Trump’s agenda. Let’s finally get senators for Arizona who will Make America Great Again!!

  • August 27, 2018 at 10:49 am
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    I see nothing wrong with celebrating the death if a tyrant. McCain was a bad seed. His soul will never get past those golden gates. You military men are much appreciated for your efforts. Can I ask a question, though? When it became known that McCain sold weapons to the muslims why did the military turn a blind eye? Do you war only for the benefit of the banksters? Not being a wise guy here…..just want the facts. Thanks….

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