I have a question for the entity that is currently occupying the body of the senior senator from Arizona: Who are you and what have you done with John McCain?
Okay, that was two questions. Seriously, what has gotten into old McGrumpy pants? First he joins a group of senators to help pass a comprehensive bi-partisan immigration reform bill in the Senate. Next, he brokers a deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid to avoid the nuclear option, in the process screwing his own leader Mitch McConnell. [BTW, as a side note, how would you like to be in dear old Mitch’s shoes right about now?]
Couldn’t get any better you say? Well I hope you’re sitting down because this one will bowl you over. In an interview on CNN, McCain had this to say about President Obama’s speech on Trayvon Martin last Friday while also saying that Stand Your Ground Laws deserve review (!):
“Events like this highlight and emphasize that we have a long way to go. The president very appropriately highlighted a lot of that yesterday, as only the president can.”
I’ll let you compose yourself before I continue.
Look, let’s get something straight. I will never forgive John McCain for thrusting Sarah Palin on the country during the ’08 election. Her ascendency to prominence was the major catalyst for the current state of the Republican Party, and if McCain makes it to a hundred, he will never be able to live down that horrendous decision.
But I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Maybe in his own grumpy way, this is his attempt at repairing some of the damage that he, along with a good number of his cohorts, wrought on the country.
I mean think about it. McCain picked three pretty important issues to go AWOL on: immigration reform, congressional gridlock and race relations. Any one of those three could’ve sufficed as an olive branch. That McCain chose all three does say something about what little of his reputation there is left and how maybe, just maybe, he’d like to redeem some of it.
I’m not one to be overly optimistic. Let’s face it, McCain could say or do something dickish tomorrow and undo all the nice things I just wrote about him. He’s done it before.
But for now, at least, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope this time it’s not another freight train barreling down the tracks.
I realize that some of you may need visual proof of this. Here it is: