"To His Dying Breath": McCain Regrets Picking Palin, Wants Pence But Not Trump At Funeral

The New York Times has given John McCain (R-AZ) quite the sendoff - detailing a trip made by Joe Biden and his wife Jill to the dying senator's Arizona ranch last Sunday where the former Vice President "wanted to let him know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage."

The NYT's longtime op-ed writer Frank Bruni, meanwhile, lauds McCain and trashes Trump in an article entitled Battling Donald Trump With His Dying Breaths.

As Bruni makes it quite clear, McCain may be near the end of the road, he's far from done making his mark.

Mr. McCain, 81, is still in the fight, struggling with the grim diagnosis he received last summer: He has been leading conference calls with his staff in a strained voice, grinding out three-hour physical therapy sessions and rewarding himself most days with a tall glass of Absolut Elyx on ice. -NYT

Inbetween tall glasses of iced vodka, "most days," McCain also filmed a nearly two-hour HBO documentary at his Hidden Valley Ranch, and is coming out with what he acknowledges will be his last book, "The Restless Wave," both set for release this month. 

The film and the book, a copy of which The New York Times obtained independently of Mr. McCain, amount to the senator’s final say on his career and a concluding argument for a brand of pro-free trade and pro-immigration Republicanism that, along with his calls for preserving the American-led international order, have grown out of fashion under President Trump. -NYT

Some highlights from the New York Times coverage: 

  • McCain is suffering "debilitating side effects" from aggressive cancer treatment as he spends his final days in Arizona
  • He has few regrets - though one is that he chose Sarah Palin as his 2008 running mate instead of tapping Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman. 

“It was sound advice that I could reason for myself...But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”

He calls the decision not to pick Mr. Lieberman “another mistake that I made” in his political career, a self-indictment that includes his involvement in the Keating Five savings and loan scandal and his reluctance to speak out during his 2000 presidential bid about the Confederate battle flag flying above the South Carolina Capitol.

  • McCain doesn't want Trump at his funeral - instead insisting that Vice President Mike Pence attend the service in Washington's National Cathedral. 

His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship. -NYT

  • McCain's associates have been quietly spreading the word that they want a "McCain person" to eventually fill his Senate seat - "a roster that includes his wife, Cindy."

The matter of succession for the McCain seat — a topic of such intense discussion that Republicans officials here joke that Washington lawyers know Arizona election law better than any attorney in the state — is officially verboten among party officials and the senator’s friends. They are determined to reward him with the same good ending that his friend Senator Edward M. Kennedy enjoyed before he succumbed to brain cancer in 2009.

McCain's Dying Breaths

In a second Saturday article, Frank Bruni details the Arizona Senator's battles with President Trump - who McCain has criticized for his "half-baked, spurious nationalism."

The fight isn’t really between two men. It’s between two takes on what matters most in this messy world. I might as well be blunt: It’s between the high road and the gutter. McCain has always believed, to his core, in sacrifice, honor and allegiance to something larger than oneself. Trump believes in Trump, and whatever wreckage he causes in deference to that god is of no concern.

“Trump is in every single way the opposite of John McCain,” Bob Kerrey told me recently. “He may be the opposite of every president we ever had.” Kerrey and McCain both served in Vietnam, they overlapped in the Senate and they stay in touch. So Kerrey knows that Trump has caused McCain no small measure of anguish, but less because of Trump’s crassness and the daily tragicomedy of his administration — this, too, shall pass — than because of “the impact on democracy.” It could be enduring, and it could be profound. -Frank Bruni, NYT

Which, Bruni writes of McCain, is "why a patriot like him could never sit this one out."

Bruni also suggests that Trump is threatened by McCain's biography, then goes on to mention Trump's allegedly falsified health report, his multiple draft deferments due to bone spurs, and Trump's claim that Barack Obama was born outside the United States. 

Trump jump-started his political career with the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the United States and thus an illegitimate president. During the last weeks of Trump’s presidential campaign, he branded Hillary Clinton a criminal and encouraged supporters to chant, “Lock her up.”

During the last weeks of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, he grew so concerned about supporters’ hostility to and misconceptions about Obama that he corrected and essentially chided them. “He is a decent person,” he told a man who had volunteered that he was “scared” of an Obama presidency. When a woman at that same campaign event chimed in that Obama was “an Arab,” McCain told her that she was wrong. “He’s a decent family man,” he added. -NYT

Other choice words for the sitting President include: 

  • "Trump is never to blame and quick to malign onetime allies who have grown inconvenient."
  • "Trump demands instant gratification."
  • "Trump invites pity for all the slights he suffers plus plenty that he only imagines, and he readily boasts about achievements actual and hallucinated."
  • "Such grace is unimaginable from Trump. That’s why it’s so vital that McCain is using his waning time to model it."

Meanwhile, other journalists, such as Australia's Caitlin Johnstone, can't wait for McCain to "Please Just Fucking Die Already," writing - (before his cancer diagnosis) "This evil man has supported every US military bloodbath in his obscenely long lifetime, and has been actively involved in both promoting and manufacturing support for every single despicable act of military invention throughout his entire career."

I sincerely, genuinely hope that Arizona Senator John McCain’s heart stops beating, and that he is subsequently declared dead by qualified medical professionals very soon. I don’t wish him a painful death, I don’t wish him a slow death, I don’t wish him an unnatural or violent death; I only wish that he becomes incapable of facilitating the merciless slaughter of any more human beings.

Johnstone sums up precisely why the left (in this case the New York Times) has taken up a defense of McCain in his waning years: 

Like all neocons have done since the advent of neoconservatism, McCain promotes a very hawkish, anti-detente position toward Russia, which he has been advancing like a good little horseman of the apocalypse at every possible opportunity, from Syria to sanctions to NATO provocations. For this reason he has found himself in what is hopefully the twilight of his life the sudden darling of the Democratic party, which, in its relentless striving to do literally anything other than move left, has been trying to make red-baiting and McCarthyism cool again. -Caitlin Johnstone

"So yeah, if John McCain could go ahead and die sooner rather than later, that would be awesome."

Johnstone's reply to McCain's cancer diagnosis? "Good"

Comments

FireBrander MadHatt Sat, 05/05/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Ya just know, ya just...know...McCains funeral is going  to be so grandiose, so "The King has Died".

 WTF is wrong with you people in AZ?

You f'nuts do realize YOU'RE the reason OBAMA won the first time right?

Your "Senator for Life"  McCain was just pure Evil, the entire Nation could see it plain as day...just as disgusting as Hillary...YOU sent the nation running into Obama's arms; literally for thier life, as there was no limit to this mans bloodlust.

Your 'Dear Leader' will be dead soon; please choose his replacement wisely.

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MoreSun Truther Sat, 05/05/2018 - 22:16 Permalink

While mcStain whines- This HUGE EVENT THE JEW MEDIA DON"T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT IS HAPPENING!!

A direct result of the jew supremacist Karl Marx is the imprisonment of those that oppose the jew supremacists and their monumental current and historical LIES !

They have now imprisoned a Canadian citizen retired Violin teacher for making a video titled " Sorry Mom, I Was Wrong About The Holocaust" She was visiting Germany and with family when she was arrested by the jew supremacist controlled non-sovereign nation of Je(r)wmany. 

Do everything you can folks to FREE this poor woman from the ethnocentric thugs that call themselves jews.

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAP526u32Fg

She told the truth and the jew supremacists put her in prison- ITS HERE FOLKS !

They kidnapped Ernst Zundel from his home in Tennessee, Yes U.S. INS (jew supremacist) officers showed up in force unannounced caught him outside his home and flew him to Canada in chains, spent two years in prison there. Then was extradited to Je(r)wmany and immediately prosecuted and sentenced to another 5 years in jew supremacist prison...... for what you might ask- for telling the truth and publishing a small booklet authored by someone else titled "Did six million really die?" while he was living in Canada.

So for asking a question and presenting proven facts he like Monika Schaefer, Sylvia Stoltz, Ursula Haverbeck, Germar Rudolf, & David Irving have all been imprisoned by these rabid lying jew supremacists.

These warmongering thugs and all their HUGE accumulation of LIES must be stopped !

Call, email & write the embassies, Speak out, Tell Friends, Call Congressman, Put a Bumper sticker on your car- make your own. Don't ignore this folks- this is HUGE !! 

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wvv1ZA412Q

 

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DownWithYogaPants Croesus Sat, 05/05/2018 - 23:20 Permalink

I am sorry to inform you Mr Cancer, you have McCain.

If I was Trump I would be sorely tempted to show up at the funeral and whip out Mr Big and piss on the casket as it was being lowered in front of everybody on camera.  I would make sure CNN has a very good camera angle.

McCain is one of histories all time biggest douchbags.

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Backin2006 Took Red Pill Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

James Stockdale, who was tortured with McCain in Vietnam, but who resisted, always seemed to have a lingering resentment at McCain for having been used in propaganda for the North Vietnamese. This is the same James Stockdale who smashed up his own face with a chair leg so he couldn't be rolled out in front of the cameras. It's hard to imagine being in their position, but I was always uncomfortable with the word 'hero' being banded around for guys like McCain, even before he started his warmongering. Heroes are guys like Stockdale who resisted despite unimaginable pain and guilt.

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jonny quest Backin2006 Sun, 05/06/2018 - 13:12 Permalink

I dislike McCain, the politician, as much as the next guy, but the facts, as best as I could research in a few minutes on Google, state McCain didn't cause the fire on the Forrestal.  The loss of life on that ship was due another jet misfiring a missile, i.e. there was no "wet start" while on deck, to WW2 and Korean era explosives being deployed on the aircraft and the firefighting crew being unfamiliar with their "cook off" times.  He also wasn't named by Stockdale as one of 4 POW's Stockdale called out for treason.  Though "treason" in the Vietnam war, come on, is hard to swallow.  Was Vietnam ever going to attack and invade the US?  Helping end this war/disaster, by whatever means, would have been a valorous action in my book.

Speculating here, but my take of his shitty military record is probably the result of being forced by family to pursue that route -  his father and grandfather were 4 star admirals.  All that said, he's still a person that shouldn't be in government.

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bluez NachoLiebor Sun, 05/06/2018 - 16:11 Permalink

Really, I would pay a lot to sit for a day at a magic window looking directly into McCain's mind. Since he's carrying out his mission (such as it may be) right up to the edge of the burial hole, it seems he must believe in whatever he is doing. What the hell is going on in there? It must be radically different than anything I can imagine. Hmm...

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Jackprong jonny quest Sun, 05/06/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

Johnny, you're correct on all counts.  I knew people that worked on the roof and all the footage of Forrestal is known (no accident caused by McCain).  I think that he took it in the shorts like everyone else in Hanoi so it's ridiculous to go down that garden path.  He had a couple strikes against him in the Navy.  There was the plane he ditched in the Chesapeake Bay and some crazy stunts at Cecil Field that would have got other officers canned in the 1990s and later.  McCain should not have run for office in the first place.  Just looking at where he's ending his life in office (with all of his drama) is telling.  Just because one gets thrust into the limelight in a combat role doesn't necessarily mean that this is the one to represent people and write legislation.

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jonny quest Jackprong Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

Thank you for the positive reply.  I hate war!  My grandfather only survived WW1 because, as a Russian POW, he could speak Russian - seminarian drafted by the Kaiser. 

The despot Stalin reached out to the despot Hitler in 1941 and offered eastern Russia to the Germans but got no reply resulting in how many more millions killed?  Ironic that Hitler let the British go @ Dunkirk but wanted to remove the Soviet Union from the map.

My father survived WW2 in one piece mainly to being old - drafted @ 33 - and having easy deployments in the Navy.  His little brother had a far rougher time, being a Marine in the South Pacific.  He survived the war but drove himself, literally - car crash, to death in the 1947.  Cue up Eugene Sledge and the old breed...

And then there's JP Morgan.  He sold his spot in the US Civil War for $300.  McCain's transgressions, if I'm giving out passes, he has mine.

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HoserF16 jonny quest Sun, 05/06/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

McCain started the fire. He was blasting the jet behind him because the Navy guys fucked with the Marine pilots while they were sitting in the cockpits. The added heat from his exhaust cooked-off a Zuni Rocket that hit other armed planes and started a conflagration. McCain only survived because his oldman was an Admiral. McCain should have washed-out of pilot training. He was that fucking bad. He wrecked a few planes because he was a lousy pilot.

McCain deserves to burn in hell and I hope he does!!! FUCK HIM!

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Moving and Grooving Took Red Pill Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:17 Permalink

'Hillary blaming everyone else for losing'

 

The Latest: Hillary says she lost because she once said in an Iowa radio interview that she was a 'Capitalist, with reservations and limits' and that since her research now shows that 40+% of those Iowa D's were self-described 'socialists', they were shocked to hear that she was a Capitalist! So they voted for Trump instead. Seriously.

 

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any_mouse mikka Sun, 05/06/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

Active alcoholic until his heart stops beating.

Hopefully if they do one of those montages of images in remembrance, they will include images McCain with "moderate" terrorists.

Getting shot down (by who?) over North Vietnam may have saved American lives. Too bad for his fellow POWs.

I have more respect for Caitlin Johnstone.

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