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Old Man, Look At My Fisk

02 April 2010 @ 09:16

I’ve had a really sucky week — nearly everything that could go wrong, did [the one exception was here in Le Blogospheré].  So, I’m in the perfect mood for a good Fisking.  A good savaging of someone and the subsequent scattering of their tattered remnants would really jazz me.  Well, they say you can always count on your true friends and, whoever ‘they’ is*, is once again right [and Right, IYKWIMAITYD].

My mentor and friend, Quin Hillyer, delivers the filet mignon of Fisks to grumpy, cranky, crusty [ewww] John McCain and it is a Grade-A, Angus, 100% USDA Choice cut.  Two highlights:

Does anybody doubt that this man of deep grudges, reportedly flagrant infidelities, an intense mean streak, and a disdain for the actual substance of most domestic political issues would easily lend himself to caricature precisely because his own manifold flaws make him a walking caricature all on his own?

It was fellow Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, after all, who early in 2008 — not somewhere back in distant memory, but in the presidential election year itself — told The Boston Globe that “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” Cochran was talking about the same McCain who parachuted in to immigration-bill negotiations at the last minute and started yelling at Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, with frequent F-bombs, that he, McCain, knew more about the issue than anybody there, even though he had been gone from the negotiations for six weeks.


McCain deserves no credit for running a terrible campaign that saddled us with Barack Obama as president; he deserves no credit for choosing a not-yet-prepared Sarah Palin for Veep, tossing her to the wolves without enough support, and then letting his aides try to blame her for the campaign’s failure even before the race was over — in the process unfairly harming a rising conservative star who had and has great potential that now has been sidetracked from productive governance to show business.

Yum.  Thanks Quin: I am now well sated and ready to take to the field of battle again to fight the evildoers in our midst [you know, the Anti-President and the Anti-Congress].

[Big tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain, Supreme Master Of The Fisk]

SIDENOTE: In the Comments Section of Quin’s posting, another good friend of mine, Ran, master of the Si Vis Pacem domain, makes a very spot-on point:

…When our constitution and values were under attack from the hard left, we could count on McCain to play the centrist “moderate.”

Still, though, I can’t help but think that the election of the doofus little man-child from Chicagoland will prove to have been the least harmful over the long-haul, inasmuch as McCain wouldn’t have awakened the libertarian-conservative base nearly as powerfully.

(Note to self: Best not to cross Hillyer.)

You’re a smart man, Ran you am.

*personally, and this is just a theory, I think it’s three guys in Pomona named Murray with bad teeth, thinning hair, and bad table manners, but, hey, I’m a dipsomaniac [for you young people, click here].

  1. 02 April 2010 @ 15:48 15:48

    McCain and Sarah. Oh, dear, where to start.

    Now, McCain made a brilliant move by putting her on his ticket: she was the only prayer he ever had – and ever could have had – of keeping Obama out of the White House. I also don’t criticise him for not anticipating the absolute firestorm that greeted her arrival. Now, I wasn’t too surprised to see the Boston Globe downplay her accomplishments, abilities, and status as a rising star in the conservative movement, but I think that we were all shocked to see reporters talking about her amniotic fluid.

    Nevertheless, what McCain allowed to happen subsequent to that was beyond unacceptable. It’s not like favourable media outlets (i.e. Fox and the WSJ) would not have run interviews with her and printed her editorials. It’s not like people would not have lined up to hear her talk about energy – especially when gasoline was still $4/gallon. It’s not like McCain could not have spent every opportunity to fight for her and for her future.

  2. 02 April 2010 @ 18:33 18:33

    Thanks, and honored, Bob.

    Happy Easter!


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