Judging John McCain

(Washington) While Arizona Senator John McCain keeps challenging Illinois Seantor Barak Obama’s ‘experience’, we thought it would be nice to look at Mr. McCain’s judgement, as well as his experience in politics, the military and personal life and leave it to our readers to judge for themselves.

John McCain has been a Senator representing Arizona since 1986-that,s 22 years for those of you too uninterested to do the math. And don’t worry if you indeed are too uninterested in the math…Mr. McCain has certainly been…he barely passed it at Annapolis. Still, this son and grandson of Admirals managed to graduate with impressive numbers. He was 894th out of a class of 899. That means there were only five guys with a higher score than him! Actually, his low (high) score was due to multiple pranks and run-ins with those in authority, which he later put off to the poor judgment of youth.

As a Navy pilot Senator McCain spent five and a half years in North Vietnamese POW camp, a number he never let’s any of us forget, where he endured multiple beatings and other forms of torture. After being released in 1973, he became the commanding officer of a flight training squadron in Florida, where he had several extramarital affairs. To his credit, he later admitted these affairs and said they were an example of his sometimes poor judgment. The exact number of these is unknown. In 1979 he divorced his crippled wife to marry the future Cindy McCain, the daughter of a wealthy beer distributor from Phoenix with family problems of her own (she claims to be an only child, but has a half sister from her father’s side, that she chooses to ignore.).

He was elected first to Congress and then to Senate where he gained fame by opposing declaring Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday a National Holiday. He later changed his mind and apologized, saying he exercised poor judgment. He also became a member of that elite group known as the Keating Five, five Senators who took (in John McCain’s case $112,000.00) campaign contributions from Saving and Loan mogul Charles Keating, in exchange for which Mr. McCain met with federal regulators on behalf of Mr. Keating during the Savings and Loan debacle we’ve been hearing referred to so much these days when we talk about the current mortgage crisis. While not convicted of any crime (these were the Reagan years after all), he was rebuked by the Senate Ethics committee for “poor judgment”.

In the late Nineties, Senator McCain decided to make a run for the White House in the 2000 elections.He was smeared by then Governor George W. Bush’s campaign in South Carolina as a homosexual, a Manchurian Candidate, the father of a illegitimate Black child and even worse, a traitor to the Conservative cause. After Bush was elected, the two made up and became allies, with McCain strongly supporting Bush’s push for the War on Iraq, two more examples of really poor judgment.

Later, as he began yet another push for the White House, Mr. McCain tapped Texas Senator Phil Gramm as his economic advisor. Mr. Gramm was instrumental in removing the prohibitions on the stock market that caused the current Wall Street/Mortgage crisis. This was poor judgment on Mr. Gramm’s part; John McCain just agreed with it. Yesterday, after weeks of saying the economy was in pretty good shape for nation facing total collapse, Mr. McCain, facing the possibility of being asked questions about it in a national debate format “suspended” his campaign to go to Washington DC “and fix this mess”. The economy that is, not his judgment.

So, without John McCain talking directly to us, we’e left to judge for ourselves what kind of president he’d be. More as it devolves.