A group of courageous Senators took to the floor of the Senate to get clarification from the Obama Administration as to when American citizens may be killed on the orders of the President of the United States on American soil. John McCain objects – and insults them.
Elder Sen. John McCain, who this week engaged in friendly fire when he launched his "maverick" missiles at fellow Republicans seeking clarification on the administration's drone policies, has upped the ante, deriding Tea Party-backed GOP lawmakers as "wacko birds."
McCain, who hit the Senate floor Thursday to belittle Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster, which succeeded in getting an answer from President Obama that drones won't be used to kill Americans on U.S. soil, even suggested that the Kentucky senator and his allies, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, don't represent the GOP mainstream.
"It's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone," McCain told Huffington Post's Jon Ward in a story titled "John McCain: Getting Back To Maverick, With An Eye On Retirement."
McCain has declared that the new blood in the Senate do not represent the mainstream of the party? Fine – let’s have the GOP caucus take a vote. They can either expel Paul, Cruz and Amash, or they can expel McCain and his lackey Lindsey Graham. Then we will know where the mainstream of the GOP truly is – and whether the GOP brand is worth saving.
By the way -- McCain has now doubled-down on his attack on the constitutionalist wing of the GOP in this interview.
After I came home from Vietnam, our military had deteriorated to the point where the chief of staff of the Army came before Congress and said we had a “hollow Army.” We’re doing that in the form of sequestration, and along came Ronald Reagan who restored our military, restored our strength, won the Cold War without firing a shot. That’s the wing of the party that I’m part of and will remain part of, and the part I believe will be the future of the Republican Party. You can go back to post World War I, prior to World War II Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, post-World War II, the Taft-wing of the party. There’s always been that element, but the really winning part of our party is that that believes as Ronald Reagan did, in peace through strength and that’s the best way to avoid conflicts, including what we’re seeing now in the world, where the world believes America is weak can and withdrawing and they’re making the kind of conclusions that I think will endanger America’s future.
Let's see -- he just compared Rand Paul and those who agree with him to anti-Semites and racists, and claimed that they are seeking to weaken America because they want to abide by our Constitution. That is intolerable. But I will note that comparing Rand Paul to Robert Taft is certainly a compliment -- remember, he was the single contemporary Senator included in JFK's great book, Profiles in Courage -- for having the integrity to ask whether the Nuremberg trials violated fundamental American values regarding ex post facto laws. One may or may not agree with Rand Paul's position on drone attacks on Americna citizens on American soil and elsewhere, but one cannot help but recognize that he is operating in the finest tradition of Americanism, Constitutionalism, and conservatism.