Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Get Off My Lawn Town Hall!'

Ah, yes, Senator McPain. McCain, I mean; McCain. What would we do without him? Caitlin MacNeal at TPM:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shooed a man from a town hall in Phoeniz, Ariz., Tuesday after he repeatedly yelled at the senator about American aid to rebel forces in Syria.

The man accused the U.S. of giving weapons to al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria.

McCain repeatedly asked the man if he was finished speaking so that McCain could respond, ...


When the constituent continued to loudly lecture McCain about terrorists in Syria, McCain told the man he was "rude" and shooed the him out of the town hall with a wave of his arm.
OK. McCain had every right to shut the guy up. Dumpy, late-middle-aged men wearing shorts and a T-shirt and sporting beards can sometimes be too loud‑mouthed. (Ahem.)

But McCain is far too self-assured. If he had spent less time in his presidential campaign lecturing people about their faults and more time addressing the needs they perceive themselves as having, he might have ended up as president. That would not have been a good thing; between arrogant Republican McCain and arrogant Republican Obama, I'll take the latter almost any day. But I'll admit I'll be glad when McCain retires.

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