An Accidental Metaphor

 

Sometimes, the universe just gives you these things. From Judy Kurtz at The Hill:

There was confusion Wednesday after [John McCain] mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.

The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance.

McCain actually felt compelled to take to Twitter afterward and explain that it was all an innocent misunderstanding, which may itself be more telling than the actual incident:

But with our former presidential nominee (think about that for a second) now saying he’d have a tough time choosing between Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton for president and going soft on Charlie Crist … is it any surprise that some Republicans don’t necessarily see the humor in this?

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    @Diogenes

    I’m sorry to say I voted for him in ’08, but there wasn’t any viable alternative once we got to the general election. 

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    @AaronMiller

    It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the conservative and small government votes will not similarly be split between primary candidates in a way which favors continuation of the status quo.

    Republicans would benefit from fewer candidates in the primaries, provided at least one is decent.

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    @Roberto

    McCain has always been problematic but after losing to Obama he has just become worse every year since, I think it broke him.

    These days I can no longer tell the difference between his statements and those made by his silly daughter.

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    @SEnkey

    I just moved to Arizona and am looking for someone – anyone – to challenge him in the next primary. 

    I am not of the school that requires a litmus test for conservative or republican politicians or supporters (the “you’re not a real conservative” crowd). I think we need to expand the party not shrink it through ideological purges. That being said, it is time that McCain changed the R to a D.

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    @dasmotorhead

    The renowned Senate comedian McCain telling all of us, with not a hint of defensiveness, to “lighten up.”

    Also, isn’t “To be clear” Obama’s line?

    Were he not doing so much damage as he claws to retain (regain?) relevance, his decline would be sad.

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    @dash

    Yes, that Universe, she’s a pip.

    After 8 years of clenched jaw defense of  W, with the understanding that my adversaries would never fully, nor even partially comprehend the valid criticisms I might make of his administration–which were founded on principals, not simiano-hitlarian hyperbole–I was dreading with a looking-death-in-the-face dread, the prospect of defending a President McCain for four long years, and the unelectably* concomitant, excruciating lock jaw.

    That was an awfully long sentence, but it is Happy Hour where I am am at, and I think you get my drift.

    * Edit: Ha! Drat this spellchecker and my gin addled fingers! I was groping for ineluctibly, but  funny how unelectable also works.

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    @CuriousKevmo

    He was in the right meeting…he should have just sat down and had a dixie cup of Kool-aid.

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    Stuart Enkey

    I am not of the school that requires a litmus test for…. republican politicians…. That being said, it is time that McCain changed the R to a D. · 5 hours ago

    Then explain why McCain should change parties.

    Stuart Enkey

     I think we need to expand the party not shrink it through ideological purges. · 5 hours ago

    What does that even mean?

    Isn’t insisting McCain change parties an “ideological purge,” and not “expand[ing] the party[?]”

    If You can’t “purge” Someone Who disagrees with You on every issue and You want to “expand the party,” then Anyone should be accepted, so don’t complain.

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    @user_19450

    With complete and utter respect for the man’s military service and all that he endured for it, and more than passing respect for his early political service, John McCain is the poster child for Congressional term limits. He has been in DC too long, and it has ruined him.

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    @Ralphie

    There should be an upper age limit to qualify for federal office. It has been said that teens and old people are the most dangerous drivers, maybe there is a regression in capacity that the voters fail to detect, that the law should prevent.

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    @SEnkey
    Then explain why McCain should change parties.
    Stuart Enkey: 

     I think we need to expand the party not shrink it through ideological purges. · 5 hours ago

    What does that even mean?

    Isn’t insisting McCain change parties an “ideological purge,” and not “expand[ing] the party[?]”

    If You can’t “purge” Someone Who disagrees with You on every issue and You want to “expand the party,” then Anyone should be accepted, so don’t complain. · 13 hours ago

    It is not that I disagree with everything McCain stands for, it’s that no one really knows where McCain stands. He is too inconsistent. I don’t think we need a litmus test on issues/core beliefs, but I do think we can hold politicians and allies accountable for being consistent and working towards our movements general interest. McCain actively works against conservative, and more pertinent to our discussion Republican interest. Thus the letter change. 

    I don’t think we should expel those with whom we disagree. However, on the leadership level we should them accountable for what they say and how effective they are. McCain has been more effective for the D’s than the R’s. 

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    @SteveS

    Can you feel a little Arlen Specter, deja vu thing all over again?

    He spit in the eye of the Vietcong along with heroes like Col “Bud” Day, may he rest in peace, and look what he has become, a rabbit when we need lions. Hat tip Mark Levin via Ronald Reagan.

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    @TommyDeSeno

     Freudian door opening?

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    @WICon

    He’s done more damage to this country than he ever did to North Vietnam. I like Sarah Palin but she still has never answered to my satisfaction why she ever teamed up with him. For those of you that don’t like her, imagine if they won in 2008. He is a disaster.

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    @DocJay

    He was senile in 08 and of course become worse.  He should be termed out in a few years or, better yet, have two AZ doctors write a note stating he is a danger to himself and/or others.  

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    @Jager

    Of course the Dem Senators applauded McCain. He has done more to try and insult or injury other Republicans than anyone else in the room, save Obama himself.

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    Jimmy Carter

    Isn’t insisting McCain change parties an “ideological purge,” and not “expand[ing] the party[?]”

    If You can’t “purge” Someone Who disagrees with You on every issue and You want to “expand the party,” then Anyone should be accepted, so don’t complain. · July 31, 2013 at 5:38pm

    I think that was the point. Even for those of us like Stuart and myself who worry that we’re becoming too hostile to moderates, McCain has gone too far.

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