Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
"If it's Sunday, it's John McCain"
I mock the advertising lede for Meet The Press Gregory, where Sen. John McCain has his own green room. McCain is mockingly known as "Senator Sunday." In fact, he is appearing on FAUX News Sunday this weekend (while his puppet boy, Little Lindsey Graham, is over at Face The Nation Schieffer). UPDATE: This was an inaccurate list... don't worry, he'll be back.
McCain has always been a media whore -- the media villagers are his only political base. He would not exist today without the symbiotic relationship between him and the Beltway media villagers who adore him and still believe that he has something relevant to say.
So this story is hiarious in the way it demonstrates Sen. John McCain's complete lack of self-awareness, and his being all puffed-up full of himself like a peacock. Steve Benen reports, McCain laments 'wacko birds':
(Citing a Huffington Post report by Jon Ward, John McCain: Getting Back To Maverick, With An Eye On Retirement)
While McCain has been a fierce critic of the Obama administration, he has also tangled with members of his own party, particularly the new crop of lawmakers including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), darlings of the conservative grassroots.
When I asked him if "these guys" -- having just mentioned Amash, Cruz and Paul by name -- are a "positive force" in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds.
"They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else," McCain said. "But I also think that when, you know, it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."
In 2012, John McCain made 21 Sunday show appearances. So far this year, there have been nine weekends, and McCain has been on six Sunday shows. On a typical Capitol Hill workday, McCain can expect to be invited to speak on camera on a nearly daily basis, and be sought out by print reporters at least as often.
When it comes to members of Congress, very few people if any have as much access to the Beltway media as John McCain.
"It's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone"? Of all the arguments McCain can make against his foes, this seems like the one he ought to avoid.
The retirement that Jon Ward speculated about can't come soon enough. "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!" - Oliver Cromwell Address to the Rump Parliament (20 April 1653).