John McCain may finally retire
After 27 long years on Capitol Hill and two failed presidential bids, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may finally be ready to retire. The Hill picked up on comments that the Arizona senator made during a recent interview:
The 77-year-old’s current term is up in 2016. When asked if this would really be his last term, McCain backtracked a bit.
“Nah, I don’t know,” McCain said. “I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”
McCain made the initial remark about retirement off-the-cuff to a group of Obama supporters who interrupted the interview as he was arguing that television providers should unbundle their channels.
McCain has long been a thorn in the side of conservatives and libertarians, voting for bloated budgets and pushing unpopular positions on a number of policies. Just this year alone, he opposed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on drones, backed more onerous gun control measures, and tried to help Senate Democrats push their big spending budget into a conference with the House without a guarantee against a stealth debt limit increase.
More recently, McCain has fawned over Hillary Clinton and clamored for war with Syria, suggesting that President Barack Obama could initiate military intervention without the consent of Congress.
Now, McCain quickly took to Twitter to deflect the story, so don’t get your hopes up. “To clarify: I’ve long said I’ll wait a few [years] before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges,” he tweeted to his 1.8 million followers.
McCain once prided himself on being a “maverick,” but he is now part of the Old Guard of the Republican Party; a class that is willing to sell out basic liberties for political expediency and more power in Washington.