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Whatever one may think about Rand Paul's filibuster, the response by McCain and Graham was...sadly predictable.
Update: McCain doubles down.
Senators McCain and Graham are excellent examples of what’s wrong with the Republican Party. These guys are like tacky yard ornaments – plastic trolls or pink flamingos – hopelessly out of date, in appalling taste and a disgrace to the neighborhood. They don’t realize that the political ground has shifted under their feet, that they’re up against a smart, well-organized, technologically-advanced and strongly ideological Democrat Party that isn’t interested in compromise, but is extremely interested in destroying the GOP. It would be bad enough if these generally useless politicos were mere benchwarmers, but they continue to thrust themselves forward as leaders, beguiled by their own egos into thinking that they are genuine stars, and that up-and-comers like Paul and Cruz are just green, know-nothing kids down in the Single-A league.
I don’t really know how these two manage to stay in office, unless, as is probable, it’s simply due to the magic of incumbency. In McCain’s case, I can also see how a significant demographic helps him: there are a lot of retirees in his state, and there’s a certain type of old geezer who no doubt sees a bit of himself in McCain’s impatient, self-centered and cranky personality (and notes the similarity approvingly). Lindsay Graham’s continuing success is harder to pin down, especially since he falls into that small but uniformly awful class of male politician whose physiognomy vaguely resembles that of Eleanor Roosevelt (Jimmy Carter is the paradigm in this category). Still, there he is, year after year, no end to his career in sight.
I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the TV show, Psych. On a recent episode, one of the main characters (Sean Spencer, played by James Roday) referred to someone as “a lame-chop slathered with fail sauce”. This expression rather admirably sums up my opinion of these two