In a surprise move today, Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain has demanded at a press conference that a special Senate committee be formed to investigate his own sanity…or as Senator McCain put it, “What do I know and when did I know it? And why? And where are my keys?”

Recently, Senator McCain has been outspoken about the need to investigate the Obama Administration for what he views as a coverup on their reporting about the tragic events in Benghazi last month. He has been particularly harsh on UN Ambassador Susan Rice for acting as a spokeswomen for the Obama Administration shortly after the incident occurred.

“I know Rice and I don’t like Rice, I like beans but I don’t know beans,” McCain stated in a press conference on Wednesday.

Yesterday, when he skipped a Congressional top secret briefing on Benghazi by the CIA in order to hold a press conference, demanding that a top secret briefing from the CIA was needed by Congress, McCain became suspicious of himself and accused himself of intentionally covering up the truth about his own sanity from himself.

“I call upon The Senate to set up a Special Committee to investigate Senator John McCain’s complicity in a coverup over his demands for a Special Committee on Benghazi. I am concerned that he, and by “he” I mean “I”…could be doing this to undermine the legitimacy and reputation of a United States Senator…namely me.”

Senator McCain went on to make some frank and unapologetically tough statements about himself, “First of all, with all due respect to myself, Senator McCain is not that bright. I mean, look who I picked to be my Vice Presidential nominee in 2008. Sarah Palin? Was I turned down by a bucket of mud first or what? And when the nation’s economy was in free fall I simply declared to the nation, “The fundamentals are sound?” which mortally wounded my Presidential bid? It’s all far too convenient, things like that don’t just happen, there has to be a more behind my actions of sabotaging my career and legacy and I mean to get to the bottom of it!”

According to Senator McCain, there is a possibility that all of the statements and decisions he has made that have caused him to look like a senile, bitter and vindictive old fool are the result of a conspiracy.

“Just because I open my mouth and words come out, doesn’t mean they’re my words,” McCain said while opening his mouth and letting words come out. “Why should we take on faith that what I’ve said is truthful when there could be political reasons and benefits to my saying something that isn’t in earnest,” McCain said earnestly.

“I am being attacked by myself for my competency and the sincerity of my motivations which I find outrageous so I also call upon The Senate to censure me for this unjustified and offensive personal attack against myself,” McCain declared.

Insiders say it is unlikely that The Senate will create a Special Committee to allow Senator McCain to investigate himself for the actions and statements he’s made that have degraded his name and reputation though McCain is prepared for that outcome.

“If the Democrats in The Senate refuse my request for this Special Committee, I will take action on my own to sue myself for slander, defamation of character and staring back at me with a snide expression in the mirror. The American People deserve answers, they have a right to know if I am involved in a conspiracy against myself and if so, how high up the conspiracy goes…who knows…perhaps all the way up to my head.”

 

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funksands
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Ad, great take on a man who’s reputation always seemed to precede reality.

At best his “maverickism” rep was earned simply by being less bought and less nuts than his GOP colleagues.

With age and disappointment the cheap gilding has worn off and the true man stands revealed.

A loser.

bito
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Excellent take funk, excellent. His whole Mr. Maverick was part of the blueprint before he even ran for office, it was part of the “get the Senator Goldwater people” after first shopping for a state with a vacant seat he could run in and dumping his wife for younger, healthier and wealthier model. McCain was a package ready to sell. His being a poor student wasn’t because he was just that a poor student,nope, it was because he a maverick, his demerits and and poor discipline, same thing, crashing planes, you got it not poor pilot, maverick…… Might help he had two admirals in the family, eh?

bito
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I’m afraid AdLib that McCain has gotten to the point where when he does find his keys, he doesn’t know what their use is?

agrippa
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agrippa

No one in the media or Congress are going to ask the important questions about Benghazi:
1. The SC resolution: Why did France & UK author it? Why did Russia & China abstain?
2. Was Stevens in Benghazi during the conflict? if so, what did he do?

3. Why did Stevens go to Benghazi? Who sent him there? To what purpose? To meet someone? Who?

4. Why did he go with insufficient protection?

No one will ask those questions.

MurphTheSurf3
Editor

The Guardian claimed in an article on 13 September that Stevens had been expected in the area the morning of that Wednesday to “inaugurate a landmark medical exchange project between the (Benghazi Medical) centre and Harvard Medical School” and the medical staff was surprised when he showed up early as a patient. That may have been part of the reason why he was there and it may have been a plausible innocuous reason for his presence that evening but there has been so little conversation about this that I have remaining questions.

agrippa
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agrippa

It looks like no one is interested.

KQµårk 死神
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You hit the crux of the issue again AdLib. McCain has gone insane since he lost an election to a skinny black guy. Like the rest of the GOP he’s just a delusional political hack now. Here’s a guy that wanted with with Iraq based on lies even before the Bushies wanted it. Yet no one was ever held responsible for those lies. You notice how the right wing always pick proxy fights with high ranking African American officials because they can’t get after Obama. From Jarrett to Holder and now Susan Rice. Why isn’t McCain and Republicans attacking Hillary or even Petraeus? We all know why.

KillgoreTrout
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Funny stuff Ad! My favorite part;

“I know Rice and I don’t like Rice, I like beans but I don’t know beans,” McCain stated in a press conference on Wednesday.

This made me laugh out loud.

SallyT
Member

According to the movie Game Change, McCain will never retire because his grandfather died a week after WWI ended and his dad died after WWII or something like that. Anyway, the old goat is afraid he will kick the bucket if he isn’t a senator. So, I say they let him have a corner in the Senate and let him sit there and talk to himself. Once in awhile give him a “uh huh” and move on with business. Why anyone gives him so much air time is the question. Do they miss Mr. Magoo cartoons?

MurphTheSurf3
Editor

All kidding aside (although this contribution did make me snort a bit), I find McCain’s slide into irrelevant obscurity sad.

His record as a pilot and as a POW is the story of someone who was sometimes reckless but who got the job done (as horrific as it was) and who, despite years of excruciating pain (surgery without anesthesia, rough interrogation, torture and crippling long term injuries), 2 years in isolation, and one lapse when he was broken and made an obviously false confession- he showed extraordinary will and dedication. He became a model for other prisoners (in both his strength and his weakness).

His career in the House and the Senate while definitely fiscally conservative, hawkish, and nationalistic was also marked by a good deal of independence, a willingness to take on his own party, a record of cooperation across the aisle and more than a little of the reforming spirit that marked his maverick label.

It all changed in 2002 when he did not get his party’s Presidential nomination. From that moment on McCain has been, down deep, a hard, bitter, angry, scorned and sad man. He got the 2008 nomination because the party was happy to have anyone take it and then he was not backed by his own Party. He was soundly drubbed by Obama and cannot/will not forgive him for it. He allied himself to Romney hoping to regain some clout and has lost even more.

He is about to “age out” on the two committees on which he has seniority and is trying desperately to carve out a new committee for himself. He wants Rice out as Sec of State and Kerry in so Brown can run and then owe him.

It isn’t funny. Aging gracefully is not easy to do and in some cases it almost impossible to manage. That’s where McCain is.

He proposed the special Benghazi committee today, and got a note from Reid this afternoon saying the Majority was going to use the current committee structure to do the work that needs doing. Not even a day of consideration.

I expect McCain to be seriously challenged for his seat in 2016 frm both sides.

SueInCa
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Hey Murph did you forget his deal with the Keating 5?
The affair he had with Cindy while married to his first?
How he left her after she had supported him all through his captivity?

IMHO he has always been a snake

MurphTheSurf3
Editor

I do not know the ins and outs of the Keating Five as some do but here is what i do know.

The Ethics Committee ruled that the involvement of McCain and John Glenn in the scheme was minimal and that there was no intent to violate the rules of the Senate or to break the law. They were cleared of all charges against them. McCain and Glenn were both criticized by the Committee for exercising “poor judgment” when they met with the federal regulators on Keating’s behalf.

The report said that McCain’s “actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him….Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate.”

On his Keating Five experience, McCain has said: “The appearance of it was wrong. It’s a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do.”

That’s what I know.

Cranston was reprimanded. Riegle and DeConcini were publicly criticized.

SueInCa
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The core allegation of the Keating Five affair is that Keating had made contributions of about $1.3 million to various U.S. Senators, and he called on those Senators to help him resist regulators. The regulators backed off, to later disastrous consequences. As a result of that Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of over $3 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many investors lost their life savings. The substantial political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaling $1.3 million, attracted considerable public and media attention. After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Cranston, DeConcini, and Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB’s investigation of Lincoln Savings, with Cranston receiving a formal reprimand. Senators Glenn and McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised “poor judgment”.

McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981,and McCain was the only one of the five with close social and personal ties to Keating. Like DeConcini, McCain considered Keating a constituent as he lived in Arizona. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates. In addition, McCain’s wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley had invested $359,100 in the Fountain Square Project, a Keating shopping center, in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard Keating’s jet; three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain did not pay Keating (in the amount of $13,433) for some of the trips until years after they were taken, when he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln. In 1989 Phoenix New Times writer Tom Fitzpatrick opined that McCain was the “most reprehensible” of the five senators.

That poor judgment cost many their life savings. Losses ultimately exceeded 500 billion. I do not remember McCain or any of the others ever apologizing for their bad judgment.

BourneID
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Murph

i agree with your evaluation of the McCain we see now vs the McCain we’ve known for years. A once honorable man whose decline into irrelevance is accelerating with each outburst. We focus on his choice of Sarah as his running mate, but in my view it was his decision to suspend his campaign to rush back to DC to help his colleagues on the hill stop the bleeding of what he described as the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression. What we saw intead was a man walking the halls going nowhere and sitting in conference rooms doing nothing? He’s come unhinged and we laugh at the show. Was he not one of the two Senators who proposed term limits? Now he himself is demonstrating why that needs to be addressed.

MurphTheSurf3
Editor

Yes, this fits into my understanding of him as a slowly but surely diminishing public figure.

You might want to check out the discussion that Ad Lib and I are having. I think it supports your observations.

Kalima
Admin

Thanks for my Saturday morning laugh AdLib. Great post getting to the heart of McCain’s nuttiness.

I think that McCain’s inner hate at always being the “bridesmaid” and never the “bride” is finally consuming his brain like an unstoppable zombie.

Next thing we know he will be stripping off in public shouting abuses at moving cars and lamp posts. He needs a permanent vacation from the Senate before he starts talking to himself there too.

Yes John, there was a scheduling error, but it was when you were re-elected for your Senate seat and not yesterday when you again made an utter fool of yourself in public.

SueInCa
Member

LOL see Adlib? I could never write this kind of post. I think this man has lost it. Does he think people are not going to put two and two together and know he is just blowing smoke? I cracked up yesterday when that CNN producer got him pissed. All he asked is if McCain wants an investigation why he was not in the two hour briefing that took place yesterday? Old man went off on the guy…:-)

If I was Cindy I would be talking him into retirement. Go away gracefully not like some dementia addle brained old fogie.

choicelady
Member

Uhhh AdLib? I’m scared you could actually write this. Do you need a vacation from all this perhaps…?

Seriously this IS what is going on. I cannot wrap MY mind around McCain leaving the CIA hearing to demand a CIA hearing. That’s just nuts.