Senator John McCain is often referred to as an independent-minded maverick and national hero.
The reality is that he’s a self-centered plutocrat who has a very distant relationship with the truth. Indeed, when you see McNasty up close as one of his constituents, you realize the man will say and do anything to be elected and to gain power. The most recent example is his unwarranted attack on UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Ignoring the facts, he belittled her, saying that she’s not very bright. He unfairly blamed her for misleading Americans on the cause of the attack on the US consulate in Libya. And he threatened to filibuster if she is nominated for the position of Secretary of State.
Why would he make such unwarranted statements about someone who has loyally and capably served her nation? Two words: Personal gain.
Fact is, since Mitch McConnell and the other Senate Republicans settled upon their scorched earth policy of blocking and filibustering virtually every Democratic initiative, McCain has become irrelevant. There have been no opportunities to be the maverick and cast the decisive vote. Indeed, few people now pay attention to him. Not even his Arizona constituents. He simply has little to offer.
Moreover, McCain is about to be term-limited out of his leadership role on the important Senate Armed Services Committee, a move that will make him even less important.
What to do? What to do?
In true McNasty style, the senator decided to throw Rice under the bus in order to offer himself up as the leader of a Watergate-style select committee that would allow him to conduct a wide-ranging witch hunt into every nook and cranny of the Obama administration. Of course, it would also allow him to, once again, sit in the limelight.
Instead of being given such power, McCain should be shown the door.