I’m obviously not a Republican, therefore I’ve rarely seen eye to eye with John McCain on much of anything. I will say, however, that he seems to be gaining wisdom with age, and hasn’t been afraid to speak out against the extreme factions of his own party.
He did this several times during the shutdown, directly calling out the lies his party had perpetuated on the American people about the ability Republicans had to defund “Obamacare.”
Well, his criticism of the Republican antics that caused the shutdown didn’t go unnoticed, as Texas Representative Louie Gohmert went on record as saying McCain supported al Qaeda. Comments many of you might not have heard about because they seem to have been swept under the rug during the whole shutdown fiasco.
During an interview on NBC’s Nightly News, McCain was asked about Gohmert’s comments, and he had quite the response about the ridiculous accusation:
“Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”
And make no mistake about it, Louie Gohmert has absolutely no intelligence. He’s a racist bigot who thrives on making one asinine comment after another.
Gohmert is a man who once said, when Obama made his infamous gaffe about 57 states during his 2008 campaign (he meant to say he had visited 47 of the 50 states), that Obama might have meant that he had visited all 57 Islamic states in the world. Then he went on some rant about the Muslim Brotherhood, in a pathetic attempt to connect President Obama with Islamic radicals.
So, in other words, Gohmert is a complete idiot — something I’m sure John McCain is well aware of. It appears that McCain has simply had enough of these right-wing radicals and their ridiculous statements that accomplish nothing aside from pandering to the tea party.
Something Gohmert seems to have based his entire political career off of.
I just wish more Republicans would follow McCain’s example and start calling out these radical members of their party. Unless more conservatives start standing up against the seemingly endless stream of ignorant right-wing rhetoric, the Republican party is doomed to a messy “civil war” among themselves that’s only going to end with the destruction of their own party.
Because trust me, liberals aren’t sweating this internal back and forth that seems to be growing within the GOP. Sure, in the short term it’s a pain in the ass to deal with because the radicalization of the GOP isn’t fully complete (yet), so Republicans still maintain some power in Congress — but that will continue to fade as the GOP embraces tea party radicals over common sense governing.
Then again, “common sense” and the “Republican party” rarely go together. That’s never been more true than during these last few years since the tea party has gained more and more power over the party.
I just hope more Republicans like John McCain continue to stand up against these antics. Otherwise we’re headed for a very frustrating, and dangerous, next few years in this country as we face a group of tea party Republicans that seem determined to do all they can to sabotage our government from the inside.