It would seem Senator John McCain has an incredible knack for making bad things worse; however, the number of fumbles he’s made this week have been astronomical, even for himself. Not only is he supporting the unpopular proposed weapon strikes in Syria, he’s not paying attention in meetings and randomly threatening an impeachment of President Obama.
I don’t believe in petty politics, but when John McCain was caught playing a poker game on his phone during a briefing on Syria, I was astounded. Is Mr. McCain so self-assured in his own beliefs that he feels he doesn’t need to listen to both sides? Even when it comes to human lives?
His sarcastic comments and tweets that followed only proceeded to change my attitude from shocked to pissed off. “Well, as much as I like to always listen in rapt attention constantly with remarks of my colleagues over a three-and-a-half hour period, occasionally I get a LITTLE bored, and so I resorted–but the worst thing about it is, I lost thousands of dollars in this game,” he said. His tweet read: “Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!”
This, coming from the pull your ass up by the bootstraps and work hard party, is just rich. If Mr. McCain were to work in the private sector (AKA if he actually had someone to answer to) and was caught playing games on his phone, it would be a big deal. Plus, what kind of wimp can’t get through a three hour meeting? I got through longer as a nineteen-year-old intern. Give me a break.
Then came Senator McCain’s strange comment about impeaching President Obama. “…And no one wants American boots on the ground. Nor would there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.” Isn’t Mr. McCain’s sympathy supposed to simply be for Syria? So he sees bombing Syria as humanitarian so long as there are no Americans. Who cares if it’s someone else’s innocent child that dies in a bomb? I understand his concern for the safety of American troops and I share that concern. I just also happen to be of the opinion that innocent human life is worthy of respect and dignity – regardless of location. If Syrians are already being massacred, can they really afford to face pressure from the military powerhouse that is the United States?
Mr. McCain has faced much opposition for his blunders this week, perhaps most embarrassingly at his own town hall. One man even likened Congress to a bunch of marshmallows, complete with an actual bag of marshmallows for a prop. Kudos to his dedication. Another woman told the Senator, “You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Senator McCain.”
Can Senator McCain please just retire already? Then he can move on to playing all the poker he wants (just make sure it’s not real poker or the cops might bust down his door with guns).