McCain Should Take His Own Advice

John McCain

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.” - Sen. John McCain

John McCain thinks that Rand Paul needs to know what he’s talking about.  Well, since he was asking a legitimate question in an effort to get an answer that the White House had danced around for weeks, we think he actually did know what he was talking about.  Of course, Sen. McCain might want to take his own advice to heart.

For example:

“My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”

That was in reference to the Obama campaign during the 2008 campaign.  How did that election turn out again?  Maybe he should have known what he was talking about and realized that it was far from a done deal.

That’s the same campaign he “suspended” to deal with the financial crisis.  He just “knew” what he was talking about when that backfired.

How about this gem, also from 2008:

“The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president and, in my view, has betrayed the public’s trust. If I were president today, I would fire him.”

Of course, the president actually can’t fire the head of the SEC.  You see, the SEC is an independent regulatory body.  The President doesn’t get to make that call.  Of course, maybe he shouldn’t have known what he was talking about.

Then, there is McCain’s answer to being asked about inviting Jose Rodriguez Louis Zapatero to the White House:

“Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States. … I have a clear record of working with leaders in the hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not. And that’s judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region.”

Oh, for the record, that was the Prime Minister of Spain he was asked about.  Once again, McCain should have known what he was talking about…or at least known that he didn’t know what he was talking about.  This was a case of casting an ally as a potential enemy.  Nice, Sen. McCain.  Very nice.

Of course, one might forgive McCain for not being familiar with a foreign politician.  However, what about his own running mate?

“I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges.”

Um, Sen. McCain?  While Sarah Palin was technically the commander of the Alaska National Guard, that had nothing to do with the deployment.  You see, Palin’s son was part of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. That?  That’s regular Army.

Too bad Sen. McCain didn’t know what he was talking about, isn’t it?

That just counts his hits from 2008.  That was when most media was focused on him, clearly, and so those are the easiest to note and remember.

However, John McCain has opened his mouth plenty when he didn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.  Despite his claims otherwise, Rand Paul actually did know what he was talking about.  Sen. McCain though? Not so much.

McCain might be better off with the “wacko bird” comments.  He might get some more traction on that one at least, even though it’s clearly another case of the pot calling the kettle black again.

Edited to make correction.  I typed President when I meant Prime Minister, referring to Jose Rodriguez Louis Zapatero.


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