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Let's Start With A Little Name Calling
The alternative is apparently either desperate sobbing or suicide
"Right off the bat" in a post like this one there is the almost unavoidable temptation to "identify" these two stinky "patriotic" Senators as representing some sort of "official authority" as GOP "leaders" or "spokesmen." Staking out such a claim, while greatly simplifying MeanMesa's Complaint in this post, would be too far a departure from this little blog's formidable, world renown reputation for equanimity into the easily dispatched cess pool of wing nut name calling.
Given that caveat, let's just settle on a more comfortably genteel characterization of "the terrible two." Say,
The geriatric "war expert" and the fainting Southern Belle.
There, there now. Absent so much as a single "18 and over" descriptive term, MeanMesa has handled all the literary demands of the whole affair in an admirably civil manner.
The pair could hardly be "thrust upward" into some sort of "responsible position" in the Republican Party any way. Such a reckless appraisal would be oxymoronic. The oligarchs in command of the GOP don't like "leaders" -- perhaps because those cowardly billionaires have wet dreams of becoming "leaders" themselves or perhaps because the same bunch can't trust anyone in a position of power from which such a "leader" might turn on them.
MeanMesa has written on this topic before. Just look at the list. There was Reagan -- astrology loving geriatric dementia with "star appeal," there was the quivering Bush H., there was the Junior Bush with his evil familiar, McCain and his VP Palin,and we can't have already forgotten the "gaff riddled" Mittens and his VP -- what's his name. The oligarchs will bank roll any candidate they consider to be "adequately manipulable."
When we look at those on the oligarchs' payroll found even closer to swamp level, the field remains utterly devoid of any characters which could even generously be considered "leaders." These would be "hired hands" such as Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and a few stumbling tea bag Congressionals FOX foists before a microphone routinely.
Given these faces for a stage setting's back ground, sometimes even hired suits such as McCain and Graham appear somewhat stable. They aren't. They fit into this careening clown car quite comfortably.
We haven't really even arrived at the "treason" part, yet.
Sacrificing Democracy in the Defense of Racism
It's always important to stick to your ideals -- even if they stink.
Let's take a quick look at what these two were broadcasting to the entire world.
Daily KOS[Excerpts from DAILY KOS artticle. Read he original DAILY KOS article here.]
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday drew from a new source in arguing that President Barack Obama has been too 'soft' on Russia: An article Obama wrote back when he was in college. In a blistering speech on the Senate floor, McCain blamed Obama in part for Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression amid the Ukraine crisis, days after Russian forces moved in on the Crimean peninsula.
So McCain finds some 1983 essay that Obama wrote for a student newspaper while he was a senior at Columbia and decides that essay means Obama is responsible for Putin's actions in Ukraine? And if that's not ridiculous enough, McCain's whole spiel was centered less on what Obama (who was 21 at the time) actually said than it was on what a right-wing pundit's interpretation of the essay:
In his article, Obama blamed "U.S.-Soviet tensions largely on America's war mentality and the twisted logic of the Cold War," McCain said, quoting from Goldberg. "President Reagan's defense buildup, according to Obama, contributed to the 'silent spread of militarism' and reflected our 'distorted national priorities' rather than what should be our goal: a 'nuclear free world.'"
John McCain slams Obama on Ukraine: "Most naive president in history"
By Jake Miller
February 21, 2014
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign policy, blamed the administration's "naive" approach to dealing with Russia for the recent outbreak of political violence in Ukraine.
Pointing to the attempted 'reset' of U.S.-Russia relations during the president's first term, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI on Thursday that Mr. Obama is "the most naive President in history."
"The naivete of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning," he said. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as "amoral," "cold," "distant," and "tough," had "played us so incredibly."
"This thing could easily spiral out of control into a major international crisis," he said. "The first thing we need to do is impose sanctions on those people who are in leadership positions."
"Watch Putin after the Olympics are over. He may try — and I emphasize may — try to have some partition of…Ukraine," McCain said. "Putin believes Ukraine is an integral part of Russia. He will not go quietly into the night about when Ukraine moves into the European orbit, so to say."
GOP skewers Obama’s ‘weak’ response in Ukraine