McCain’s Passing

Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement:

Log Cabin Republicans had a long and positive history with Senator McCain. The support of Log Cabin Republicans members in his 2000 bid for President of the United States that was derided by then-candidate George W. Bush became a badge of honor for our organization. Our PAC was proud to endorse him in his 2008 bid for that same office, as we were for his most recent reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2016. His support for ENDA in 2013 opposing employment discrimination against the LGBT community will go down in history as a legacy vote proving his evolution in support of LGBT Americans followed in the historic footsteps of Barry Goldwater, the United States Senator whose seat he inherited. Tonight Log Cabin Republicans join in mourning with Senator McCain’s family, and stand in solidarity with a man who will go down in history as a maverick and American patriot.

But a great many liberal political and media voices, praising McCain for his feud with Donald Trump, we’re saying something quite different about him when he ran for president against Obama.

22 Comments for “McCain’s Passing”

  1. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Is this post a bad joke?

    Mike Cernovich is a far-right conspiracy theorist who uses uses his social media presence, including his slot on the looney-toon mothership, InfoWars, to promote fake news, conspiracy theories and ugly smear campaigns like Pizzagate.

    Nonetheless, I urge people to read the article he headlines, “Commentary: Is McCain out of his mind?“, a Paul Begala op-ed questioning Senator McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.

    Selecting Palin was probably the dumbest major decision that Senator McCain made in his whole life, for all the reasons that Begala enumerates. But more important than the short-term consequences of putting the country at risk in the event that Senator McCain had been elected and died in office, selecting Palin opened up the party to the ignorati, giving that wing of the party respectability and power, accelerating the decline of the party into today’s train wreck.

    The fact that you are treating Cernovich as if he were capable of serious commentary is a sign of how far the party has sunk. That is what the party of Bill Buckley and George Will has become.

    With respect to your larger point, that humans have a propensity to eulogize the freshly dead with kind words, setting aside past differences while the body is still warm, so to speak, well, get over it. It is what human beings do.

    Senator McCain will fare reasonably well in the long term, I’m convinced, but he was not the mythical “maverick”, just a short step away from the almighty, who is being portrayed this week. Future assessments will be more measured, as befits the man.

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    • posted by Matthew on

      Leftism is nothing but a string of conspiracies, every last one of them bought and paid for by the KGB.

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    • posted by Ricport on

      So, to counter one loon, you cite another loon – probably the only person in the country who actually believes the Clintons aren’t terminally corrupt.

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  2. posted by MR Bill on

    Selecting Palin totally allowed the Conspiracysphere to take the Right over..
    A sample of his “humor”: “why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly.? Because Janet Reno is her father.”

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    • posted by Matthew on

      The Regressive Left calls women men all the time and tries to silence and suppress the voices of gay men and lesbians who know better.

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  3. posted by JohnInCA on

    Not speaking ill of the (recently) dead is a societal custom in the US.

    Not really sure what more there is to say. It’s an easy target if you want to call someone hypocritical I suppose, but it’s a non-partisan custom that’s spread well beyond politics. Trying to make political hay out of it is, at best, eye-roll worthy.

    So yeah. Democrats didn’t like McCain, and in a few weeks they’ll be right back to saying he was a horrible troll. This week, everyone is going to pretend they were his best friend. That’s not even politics, that’s just America.

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    • posted by Ricport on

      What some call “speaking ill,” others call telling it like it is. I just might dance in the street when Ol’ Happy Pants and his “wife” croak. Same goes for Ted Cruz on the other side. I see no reason for phony platitudes and insincere gibberish just because someone despicable dies.

      Now let me make it perfectly clear that I consider McCain to be a hero and man of principle, even if I didn’t always agree with him, so this is in no way directed at him.

      When I saw the reports on Biden’s eulogy today, I kept thinking if he’d consider McCain one of those people who wants to “keep black people in chains.” That was, when I was not almost throwing up in my mouth at his perpetual phoniness.

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  4. posted by Matthew on

    More proof Democrats only like Republicans when they’re dead.

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  5. posted by Matthew on

    And more proof that Log Cabin “Republicans” are sellouts if they say el-jibbity instead of gay.

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  6. posted by Jorge on

    Not speaking ill of the (recently) dead is a societal custom in the US.

    Presidents Bush and Obama are giving the eulogy and that is exactly right.

    Trying to make political hay out of it is, at best, eye-roll worthy.

    I think you’re missing how beloved and respected McCain is, I mean my goodness they still can’t stop talking about him today, and it’s been probably years since a conservative died without a torrent of disgusting rancor following it (McCain seems strangely resistant, though not immune). So you have it backwards: it’s trying to make political hay out of the partisanship that’s nonsensical.

    “Log Cabin Republicans had a long and positive history with Senator McCain. The support of Log Cabin Republicans members in his 2000 bid for President of the United States that was derided by then-candidate George W. Bush became a badge of honor for our organization.”

    I sincerely do not care about a moment more. He took action then, when it counted the most. Of course I’ve admired McCain since then, but not for that reason alone (it predated when I identified as gay).

    I subscribe to the view that Sarah Palin helped McCain in the general election. I have a hard time conceptualizing where politically she hurt him, a very easy time seeing that she energized and reassured the conservative base.

    The poster who thinks I should be happy there’s another putative right-wing poster here has given a leading smackdown.

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  7. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    I subscribe to the view that Sarah Palin helped McCain in the general election. I have a hard time conceptualizing where politically she hurt him, a very easy time seeing that she energized and reassured the conservative base.

    No doubt she did.

    With the exception of President Obama and Secretary Clinton, nobody provoked fear and anger amongst the ignorati as much as Senator McCain, as evidenced by the fact that Fox News found it necessary to shut off all comments on articles about his death because the comments were so appalling. Palin helped defuse that anger in 2008.

    But his selection of Palin and courtship of the ignorati came at a price, and the party and our country are now paying that price.

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    • posted by Jorge on

      With the exception of President Obama and Secretary Clinton, nobody provoked fear and anger amongst the ignorati as much as Senator McCain, as evidenced by the fact that Fox News found it necessary to shut off all comments on articles about his death because the comments were so appalling. Palin helped defuse that anger in 2008.

      She certainly did, but I am shocked at your claim about McCain. Dozens of rightists from George W. Bush to Dr. Laura to everyone in between provoke the same reaction, the main predictor of intensity being how far you climb in spite of it.

      Someone on another message board I frequent asked what McCain could have done to won the 2008 election. My view is that he could have dirty–constantly, and maybe it would have thrown Obama off his game, probably not.

      In Sarah Palin, John McCain chose someone who represented two things: connection to the base, and the same upstanding political ethics McCain had.

      Eight years later, the “price” that this country has “paid” was bought not by John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin, but by the left’s treatment of her.

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      • posted by Matthew on

        “Someone on another message board I frequent asked what McCain could have done to won the 2008 election. My view is that he could have dirty–constantly, and maybe it would have thrown Obama off his game, probably not.”

        To the Regressive Left, being a Republican is by definition playing dirty. That does not change the fact that Palin was the only one in that race with executive experience.

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    • posted by Ricport on

      “But his selection of Palin and courtship of the ignorati came at a price, and the party and our country are now paying that price.”

      Your selective memory is showing. Ol’ Happy Pants, his “wife,” and their cabal of crooked cronies had this country nicely divided long before McCain and Palin hit the campaign trail. And we’re still paying the price for that this day.

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  8. posted by Kosh III on

    We are still paying in blood for McCain’s support for endless wars, hundreds of thousands dead in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Yemen and who knows where else. McCain never saw a war he didn’t love.

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    • posted by Matthew on

      All those countries you mentioned are homophobic shitholes.

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  9. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Does anyone else see the irony of LCR’s puffy-proud support of the last, bitter holdout against DADT repeal? Every time LCR issues a statement recently, the more convinced I become that LCR is a slice short.

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    • posted by Matthew on

      Why do you Regressive Left trolls think projecting your own personality problems onto us makes you any more than a troll, a bully, and a bigot? Leftism is nothing but a string of lies and ableist slurs in order to justify Communo-fascist imperialism. You don’t support freedom so you don’t deserve it for yourself.

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      • posted by Tom Scharbach on

        Apparently you don’t see the irony of LCR bragging about its support of Senator McCain, the man who, more than any other Senator, roadblocked LCR’s signature issue, DADT repeal. It doesn’t surprise me. Not a bit.

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  10. posted by David Bauler on

    I rape babies to give them AIDS.

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