Every time I watch “my” senator, John McCain (who admittedly was a brave soldier who survived years of being held prisoner by the North Vietnamese) give advise about either domestic or foreign policy, I want to let go of a primal scream that reaches all the way to his luxurious Arizona home. Setting aside the troubling fact that if it were up to him we’d tear up the Iran Deal and posture ourselves for a war with Iran, or that he seems like the human embodiment of a Star Trek Klingon, this man should be removed from office for one reason and one reason alone:
When MccCain ran for president in 2008 against Barack Obama and it looked like he was on the path to almost certain defeat, he picked Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. When I first learned that he picked this relatively unknown governor of Alaska, my initial reaction was one of worry. “Oh shit,’ I thought, “this is an attractive, charismatic woman who’s the governor of the country’s largest state. Obama’s in trouble.” Then she spoke to Katie Couric and demonstrated that a) Alaskan voters should be quarantined and b) Alaska should be demoted to a US territory and not an actual state that affects legislation on any meaningful level. To give us 50 states again we could have promoted Puerto Rico or Guam.
McCain obviously didn’t vet Sarah Palin himself. He left it to his staff to make this reckless pick for him and then proceeded to ignore the fact (not alternative fact allowed) that she’s an idiot who can’t sound coherent even by accident. Given American voting behavior, had Barack Obama not been such a transcendent candidate, McCain would have been president, which is disturbing enough, but Sarah Palin would have been a stroke or heart attack away from the nuclear codes as president. Think about that for a moment. Making matters worse, McCain has always stood by his pick and likely will never admit until his death bed that picking Palin was potentially catastrophic: “Cindy, I made a huge mistake. I hope God forgives me for almost making a dimwit leader or the free world.”
Therefore I don’t care what advice John McCain gives to Donald Trump on cabinet appointments or anything else. The Arizona fossil needs to just shut the fuck up, retire immediately, and let Cindy spoon feed him Gerber’s until he faces his maker, who’ll look at him quizzically and say “John, what the fuck were you thinking. Normally I don’t judge, but in your case I’ll make an exception.”