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May 4th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Whatever happened to John McCain?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Will the real John McCain please stand up?

The long-time Arizona senator, now in the toughest re-election battle of his career, is hardly recognizable these days.

We should have known something was wrong when the then-Republican presidential candidate decided Sarah Palin was a good idea for vice president.

McCain is a war hero. He endured years of torture rather than compromise with the enemy. He was a moderate lawmaker, willing to compromise and known for reaching across the aisle.

But suddenly when it looks like he might lose his cushy Senate seat, John McCain is willing to slither out of his principles much like a snake sheds its skin.

Take for example McCain's flip-flop on illegal immigration. It was only a few years ago that the senator supported a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens in this country. A lot of people called that amnesty - because that's what it is.

But now that he's in danger of losing the Republican primary to a candidate who says McCain isn't conservative enough - the senator has changed his tune. He's calling for a crackdown on illegal immigrants and is supporting Arizona's tough new immigration law.

Plus - he's taken to making incomprehensible statements in defense of the measure like this one: "It's the ... drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway." Say what?

McCain has also backed off several other issues - from gays in the military to climate change and creating a national debt panel.

To top it all off - McCain, known for years simply as a "maverick," denies he ever was one.

Here’s my question to you: Whatever happened to John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

D. in Arizona writes:
The old naval aviator is trying to fly through heavy flack from both the left and right while trying to make that last carrier landing. Too many issues are clouding his vision and the landing could be rough. He can't talk his way through it this time. He needs to recall what got him down safely so many times before.

David in Herndon, Virginia writes:
All I can think to say is that it saddens me to see what's become of this man. It's one thing to lose an election. It's another to lose it along with all your remaining dignity.

Doms in New York writes:
Are you kidding? He's in a tough election because those years of so-called great moderation have alienated him with the people who sent him to Washington. He's making a calculated decision to move his views closer to those of his constituents. Democracy at work. Hallelujah.

Phyllis writes:
What happened to John McCain? Sarah Palin.

Ralph in Corpus Christi, Texas writes:
Which one? The Maverick or the "I never proclaimed to be a Maverick"?

Will in California writes:
The "country first" McCain seems to have been replaced by "win the primary first" McCain. At this point he's tacked so far to the right he makes Mussolini look like a communist.

Michael writes:
How's that flippy-floppy thing goin' for ya' there, Mr. Straight-talk?

George in Austerlitz, New York writes:
Life has caught up with John McCain. I didn't always agree with him, but I always respected him. I still do. He is a guiding light, showing what happens to all of us, even those who live fiercely and with honor... We get old.


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soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Barbara Stuart

    He is trying to talk as tough as Sarah, trying to sound as sassy as her, but unfortunately, does not realize how really stupid she sounds.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Life has caught up with John McCain.
    I didn't always agree with him, but I always respected him. I still do.
    He is a guiding light, showing what happens to all of us, even those who live fiercely and with honor... We get old.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Mike in St. Paul

    Maybe he got carded by the cops and shipped back to Panama.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  4. Sue

    I think Mccain lost his head, heart, and mind when he took Palin for his running mate. After that he seems to continue on the path to destruction.
    I sure don't think Hayworth is better though. I think we would be worse off with him., since Hayworth is a dyed in the wool tea bagger. We don't need that bunch running our Country

    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  5. Thom Richer

    I believe he lost his way when choosing Palin as his running mate against his own wishes and better judgment. I really believe this was a decision not made by him but for him. Allowing it to happen weakened his "own man" rep and cost him the presidency and credibility. Further, he continues to aggrandize Palin as a plausible future political figure when he knows as a fact that not only is she not capable of holding a high office, she is merely being used by the Right as a hate instrument against Obama allowing the fire against Obama to be stoked without laying claim to Palin as a party member. She is doing their dirty work and McCain is losing out again by giving her positive recognition. Not to mention he is really no longer a political force in American politics.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I'm left shaking my head. Maybe it's time for McCain to retire. After all of his hard work, he certainly deserves it.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  7. honest john in vermont

    I think he has become discombobulated! Over the years his base and his party has changed. He takes a look at todays Republican Party and sees a collection of far right whackos and zealots.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  8. Chris - Denver

    Quite simply, he lost his marbles.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  9. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    He has far exceeded his level of competence, just to be frank he is not very smart, he has ridden the coattails of his dad and granddad his entire life, with his knowledge he would never have gotten into the Naval academy had it not been for his dad, he would never been an aviator due to his low standing in his class at the Academy, only the top ten percent get into aviation and he was in the lower five percent. Not hard to see that he has exceeded his level of knowledge.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  10. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Simple Jack, McCain's' handlers during the 2008 presidential campaign picked bailin' Palin as his running mate, that one move erased 30 years of credibility.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  11. Zach - DC

    John McCain was swept into the blue vs. red fight that politics has become. Case in point, he is in danger of losing his seat for not being conservative enough (even though he's moving in that direction). Its unfortunate that politics has become so partisan that moderates don't stand a chance. Ironically enough, most Americans want more moderates. Unfortunately they want to 'stick it' to the current bunch of idiots running congress. And so the cycle continues...

    May 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  12. Linda in FL

    Poor John - he is a shell of what he once was. He should have bowed out of politics gracefully, when he was on top. Instead he is now showing his true colors and is willing to say and do just about anything to get re-elected. I was embarrassed for him when he had Sarah Palin out on the campaign trail promoting him. It's a pity to see what he has become.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  13. Mike Larson From Twin Lake, Mi

    Looks to me to be a little mentally unstable. I think that anyone that picked Palin for a running mate had to be a little nuts. Glad to hear that he is on the side of Arizona for the immigration. He will have no chance for re-election to his seat, and even slimmer chance for Pres. in 2012

    May 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  14. Nisha

    You know what happen to John McCain? It's simple he got caught up in the hype of the 2008 Presidential campaign, he lost focus on what was really important to the American people. John McCain proved he was on the brink when he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate instead of going with the obvious choice Mitt Romney. Senator McCain may have been President John McCain if he wasn't so much of a Maverick "yeah right some Maverick" huh?

    May 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  15. Mike

    It is time for McCain to retire. He is now opportunistic and I feel he may have always been that way. It showed when he betrayed his first wife upon his return from Vietnam. He served our country with dignity and honor but somewhere he lost the compass that quided him while a POW. His desire to be a member of Congress at all costs, even his past integrity in Congress is a sign that is time for him to be forcibly retired.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  16. Mary, Front Royal VA

    John McCain is no longer "the" John McCain. I was ready to vote for him when suddenly "he" disappeared and some unknown entity took over. His principles were trashed, his decision for a running mate made no sense, he has changed many of his basic philosophies; and I asked the same question: What happened to the John McCain we knew. It appears that he caved in to the Republican party. It seems he has spent so much time reciting the party lines and justifying them that he no longer knows what he is saying or believes any more.

    As for the driving of cars in which illegals are riding statement – What the heck?

    I hate the two party system. They're nearly all nutty. What happened to stand up for what you truly believe?

    May 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  17. stacy st. augustine, fl

    McCain is 73 years old. He's under a lot of pressure trying to keep his job. He's starting to have senior moments.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  18. Dan, Chantilly VA

    When his bid for the Republican nomination for president fell flat in 2000, he realized that moderates don't get their party's nomination. So slowly over the next 8 years he shifted further and further to the right in order to get the 2008 bid. Then I guess inertia took over.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  19. John from San Antonio

    Like many politicians he started with noble causes even though some were against his parties policies. He, like many others, succumbed to the temptations put in front of him by special interests.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  20. Doug

    It is time for some new, younger blood in Congress!

    Doug
    Minneapolis

    May 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  21. Mr D

    The old naval aviator is trying to fly through heavy flack from both the left and right while trying to make that last carrier landing. Too many issues are clouding his vision and the landing could be rough. He can't talk his way through it this time. He needs to recall what got him down safely so many times before.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  22. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I would expect nothing less from a typical Washington politician. No matter his background or how principled be used to be, he has been part of the Washington machine too long and has devolved into a typical populist without principles and without direction unless a poll can point the way for him. He is another progressive, "big-government" type. I say, thank you for your service, sir but it is time for some fresh blood in DC.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  23. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    I miss the old Senator McCain, the man I always respected. It was a sad day when his campaign staff picked Palin to pander to the women's vote. (I think he would have picked his best friend Joe Lieberman.) He should now realize that the senate is not a lifetime appointment and retire. Instead, he compromised his honor and long held beliefs. Sorry, John, I hardly know ya!

    May 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  24. andy

    he's a POLITICIAN...no futher explanation is necesary...

    May 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Jarrod Rager, Greeley, Colorado

    The problem with John McCain is the same one plaguing most politicians: their call to service has become less of a duty and more of an occupation. When politics becomes an industry where the employees care more about keeping their job and less about civic responsibility we all lose.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  26. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Nothing happened to him yet. Wait until he runs again in 2012, which I know he will. Then wait until I call you from the slickest part of the Nation, Florida to tell you, Hey Jack, McCain lost. Again.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  27. frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Old soldiers never die.

    Naval aviators just dodder off into the sunset mumbling to themselves looking for the last call and a liberty boat.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  28. •BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    I blame the torture for his identity crisis. Maybe years of horrendous flashbacks & nightmares have taken their toll, & turned him into a confused, unscrupulous coward, but maybe not. Maybe he was ALWAYS that way. John Kerry saved lives during the War. He's a genuine hero. Maybe McCain was never tortured at all. Maybe those stories were nothing but lies, & he's never even been to Japan. Maybe we should start these rumors about him, & see how long it takes to become fact, similar to the Birther myths? Think the GOP (Goofy Old Provokers) will "bite"?

    Maybe something rubbed off on McCain, from that pit bull he's been pallin' around with. . .

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  29. Geekeye

    John McCain lost all credibility and respect when he associated himself with Sarah Palin. Only when bucking against Dubya was he considered a maverick and that, was a good thing.

    When he was billed as a maverick and Palin as a rogue, that was too much for the public to bare and crashed his career. The cement galoshes on his senate seat was Palin speaking on his behalf, just months after she berated him and his political campaign team in the media and in her book.

    McCain, I was going to vote for you in the presidential election until you chose Palin as your VP candidate. Since then, I can only wonder why, why, why would you choose such a bimbo? HAVE YOUR LOST YOUR MIND? And since then I do think you have indeed, lost your mind.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  30. Mchael in Phoenix

    McCain is a politician and will say anything to get re-elected. Every politician does it, why should he be any different. It is all about the power and notoriety.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  31. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Jack, all of those years of torture took their toll on his mind, and all of those years as a self-riteous Republican have done basically the same! His humiliating loss to Obama and his delusional pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate have sent him over the edge and he's not the same old John anymore. I'm sure that Wal-Mart has an opening for a door greeter somewhere in Arizona . But, he should apply for the job as a pasty white man, not as a senior with a nice tan!

    May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  32. Jeff in Minnesota

    John McCain is acting like any politician in a tough election, he's pandering to the masses to get the most votes he can. That's the problem with our politicians today. They will say almost anything to get elected and then, once elected, they go back to listening to the lobbies and people with money. Forget the rest of us, we're just the electorate, not anyone that matters – until the next election.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  33. John in Flagstaff

    So he's a hypocrite.

    That's hardly uncommon among Republicans.

    Look at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal asking for help from the federal government with the oil spill, and new regulations on offshore drilling, after railing for years in favor of a small federal government, no regulations, and states' rights.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  34. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack MCain has outlived his usefulness to the America people. It is time for him to retire and step aside for those that can make a difference.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  35. Ron in Kingston, NY

    While John McCain used to give indications that he was better than most other politicians, this difficult political climate is allowing us to see that McCain is really just as low as the rest of them – willing to change his stripes to please whomever he has to in order to get reelected.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  36. Twobears

    What you are observing IS the real John McCain, research his true Military record ( not that whitewashed version provided by friends and deart old Dad) and it will be evident who and what he really is, ask the men that served with him who he really is !!!

    May 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  37. Ray

    This is a pathetic dishonorable ending of a once proud political career. Mcain has flipped flopped so many times since his 2008 campaign its hard to keep track of his flip flop of the week. This guy has always been a fraud.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  38. RON

    who cares! sara palin can go away also

    May 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  39. Darrell

    Lets see could it be the fact that the Republican party he supports cost him the election by nominating Sarah Palin to be his running mate? Then the same republicans blamed their loss on him and not on the real problem.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  40. Andrea

    Politicians are selfish people who put themselves before country. They are more concerned about getting reelected than solving our country's problems, and will do or say anything to that end.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  41. John, Fort Collins, CO

    John McCain might have picked up the same bug that causes Sarah to bumble through her political life. If so, it makes H1N1 look like a walk in the park.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  42. Gigi

    John McCain has entered into that age group that Social Security was meant for. I thought he was the strongest Republican to get us out of the mess that was made from the eight years the Republicans were in office. I believe who ever makes a mess should clean it up. But today I'm glad he didn't win. And I've been eating crow given to me by friends and family since Pres. Obama has been in office. I too have entered into those years where I need to sit back and pray a lot for those holding the bag of crap given to "We the people".

    May 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  43. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    John McCain is a slow learner. After propelling Sarah Palin into the national spotlight and allowed her to use rhetoric like “Barack Hussein Obama” and “drill baby, drill” as she changed the face of politics for years, he never watched how then Senator Obama not only handled this insane rhetoric, but turned it to his advantage.

    He never learned that being smart, civil and principled wins elections much more often than hateful sound bites and the ability to say anything in order to get elected.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  44. Renee, Ill.

    McCain is proof positive that peer pressure reigns no matter what your age and those who influence Congress are more insidious and dangerous than professional torturerers in a prison camp. Such is the state of our government and the extremists (right and left) who seek to control it.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  45. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    After taking on Sarah Palin as running mate, he like the rest of us started to wonder about his sanity and judgment.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  46. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Maybe nothing happened Jack. Maybe we are just seeing all the different faces of a Maverick depending on the year! Year 2010 is different from year 2009 and so on...and I guess the latest version is not at its best version! But it is rare that the latest version is not an improvement of all past versions!

    May 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  47. Sunshine

    John McCain is nothing more than a liar along with his buddy, Palin. He says he's a maverick, then he says he isn't. He's for amnesty, then he says he is not. How can you elect someone who can make up his mind or make a decision. Just because he was a prisoner of war does not make him special.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  48. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I don't know Jack. McCain is embarrassing for Republicans and those of us from Arizona. I used to have a picture on a wall in my house of McCain, my father, and me that was taken in McCain's office. That picture is now in a box that is in storage. He reminds me of an old baseball pitcher that should have retired years ago and who has become a usless relic to his team. I still respect him but it is difficult to admire him.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  49. Jack Kramer in California

    Jack,

    I am surprised you did not mention Sarah Palin more. You always mention her. Also, it is all George Bush's fault.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  50. ctbeckyw - Las Vegas

    Too much time spent with the queen of idiot-speak, Sarah Palin.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  51. ed in ri

    Jack;
    McCain spent an awful lot of time in the Vietnam cage. His biggest, most regrettable mistake, was enlisting Palin for a running mate. That point was a critical "breaking point" , for anyone left in the voting public with any wits, to consider him for president.
    Fortunately, for many, he's created another "cage" to campaign from; and his last minute desparate "political switch" gasps are his last. "In the BIN, as Fawlty would say!"

    May 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  52. Chris

    He drank a little too much of whatever it was Caribou Barbie was drinking. Lemme guess, he has immigration reform experience because he can see Mexico from house # 3 too.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  53. Michael De Lisle

    This is simple. Mr. McCain has lost his way. First choosing someone like Palin, Who has no business being vice President of this wonderful country. And he only picked her becouse she mentions god alot to please her voting base. Second. We can't believe any thing he says any more. Just in the past year alone I have heard him change his positions on immigration, taxes, and so on. He has been in office long enough and it is time to retire. My only fear so far is that the only person running against him is J.D. Hayworth. If there was ever a time for a write in candidate, the time is now. Soupy Sails is looking better and better

    May 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  54. Shirley, OHIO

    John McCain is just old and do not know what he wants, just as do a whole lot of other polititians in Washington.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  55. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, as a 33 year Arizona resident I've voted for McCain often, including last year for President. However, it's clear little Johnny's slipped off the trail and is now wandering about without a clue where he's been, where he's at, or where he's going. McCain's just walking in circles. That he was a presidential candidate is scary. But, in fairness, Obama was his party's nominee so It turned into a race between two mental midgets.
    When is America gonna get leaders with clear course and direction? Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  56. Ryan from Wisconsin

    does it matter?

    May 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  57. TTBALA

    You know jack what happened to McCain, after loosing the presidential election ( of course who wouldn't loose anything if they tag themselves with SARA PALIN) he turned so pathatic that he started making statements that make no sense and were full of venom, and now adding salt to the wound, he is in a place that he might very well loose his seat, he became even more pathetic and started shooting from the hip, he will do and say anything including selling his soul for that seat in the senate, are the people of Arizona supposed to elect such a person who does not give a hoot about anything or anybody accept his senate seat.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  58. Jeremy D from MI

    He's sadly being a typical politician. He has too with the new republican "purification" efforts. No room for moderates in the republican party I guess. Maybe I'll become a democrat – they have a big tent (supposedly).

    May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  59. vickie

    What happened to john McCain???He is a nitwit...please don't give me the hero thing...all soldiers in vietnam were heros.....he needs to retire.......

    May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  60. John

    Jack, the saga of John McCain's slide from maverick to miniature is very sad. But he has only himself and George W. Bush to blame. The Bush campaign swiftboated and humiliated McCain in South Carolna in 2000 and, instead of fighting back fiercely, McCain responded by trying to outflank his opponent on the right on the confederate flag issue. McCaib himself knew this was wrong. But, having pandered to the lunatic fringe once, he found it easier and easier to do as the years passed. Now he can pander entirely shamelessly, and that is his shame.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  61. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Like Tiger Woods and most public figures there is a carefully constructed image developed, a perception and deception as it were. Eventually, the perception morphs into reality of who that person really is.

    McCain was never a maverick, he reached across the isle when it was convenient and benefited him, but when the opposite side of the isle reached out to him, more often than not he turned his back.

    He was never a rogue, no more than Palin is. Whenever anyone adheres to the strict ideology of a group, as most politicians do, they can hardly be called rogue but rather called illogical conformist.

    And as a Viet Nam vet I believe there were thousands of POW's who were true war heroes, but McCain, whose captors nicknamed him "song bird" because of his willingness to give information, was not one of those heroes, and by labeling him as hero does a disservice to those true heroes.

    So nothing happened to John McCain, he has always been who he is today, it is just that the smoke machine has broke down and the mirrors broken.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  62. Doms

    Are you kidding? He's in a tough election because those years of so called great-moderation have alienated him with the people who sent him to Washington.

    He's making a calculated decision to move his views closer to those of his constituents.

    Democracy at work. Hallelujah.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  63. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The answer is rather simple, he has become a true politician.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  64. Mike S., New Orleans

    John McCain is fading into the ashbin of hypocrisy history, while his choice for second in command is riding the media money train. Thank God Obama won.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  65. Christine Still

    John McCain appears to be suffering the early stages of Alzheimers. I wish his wife would force him to get checked. It's as obvious as it was with Reagan. This way, he could go 'into the sunset years' as a war hero, maverick or however he wishes to be remembered. Please, before he makes a bigger fool of himself by denying the obvious and running for office again (Good God, that is ALL Arizona needs, an impaired senator), admit the obvious and hand-design his legacy, like Reagan.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  66. Chuck in Anchorage, AK.

    Jack: Pure and simple: he sold out like so many other career politicians. Sad.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  67. David from Herndon, VA

    All I can think to say is that it saddens me to see what's become of this man. It's one thing to lose an election. It's another to lose it along with all your remaining dignity.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  68. Ruby Zimmerman

    He married a millionaire, so what does he know about real life? Why should he care about the rest of us? Also, he got old (and I'll bet he's collecting Social Security benefits).

    Champaign, IL

    May 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  69. calaurore9

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    It's so sad that he's turned from hero and "maverick" to cranky curmudgeon. It's unbelievable that he said a U.S. citizen should not be read his Miranda rights and has done a complete 180 on immigration reform. Picking Sarah to be a heartbeat away was close to treason.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  70. Virginia from Lansdowne, Virginia

    John McCain has ALWAYS been a fake. His claim to fame is riding in a jet and getting shot down.
    Lucky us we didn't get him as Pres.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  71. Lucy, from Texas

    He made a lot of wrong and very public decisions when he was running for the presidency. When McCain bet his political life on Sarah Palin, America knew he never talked to her. Then he tried to make a comeback with "Joe, the plumber"...and he became a pathetic old shell of a politician scheduled for extinction. Your political career is over if you are unable to run own campaign. If gramps keeps shooting himself in the foot with his own gun, you just got take the gun away from him before he kills somebody.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  72. JFC in Colorado

    McCain is a relic who doesn't matter anymore. Palin really screwed him up. He dug his own political grave selecting her as his VP. To think, I was going to vote for him until he introduced Palin. I don't think he even knows what he stands for anymore. What a sad way to end his political career.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  73. Will from San Jose, CA

    The "country first" McCain seems to have been replaced by "win the primary first" McCain. At this point he's tacked so far to the right he makes Mussolini look like a communist.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  74. Steve

    It is shameful to see what level he will stoop tp for the sole purpose of getting re-elected..He WAS a maverick, he just doesn"t remember..

    May 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  75. Burbank

    He's become senile, time to retire.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  76. Jason, Koloa HI

    "Invasion of the body snatchers", The real John McCain was deported to Mexico by aliens and replaced with an exact replica with completely opposite beliefs. Or he is just like every other politician, more worried about being elected than anything else.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  77. Ken in NC

    "Will The Real John McCain Please Stand Up".

    Well he's standing now and I have a better understand of how he picked "Half Gov. Palin" for his running mate.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  78. MacFab From Nacogdoches

    That is exactly why people like myself will never be a politician. It is very dirty. Senetor McCain is simply being a politician. He will have been better of being himself trying to help Pre. Obama to move America forward, but he was push to a corner by Rush .L. and Glenn .B. Now he may loose his seat and yet he did not help the new president to move the nation forward. It is loose loose for McCain.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  79. Brian

    John McCain is a senile old man. He needs to give up his Senate seat for a nursing home bed.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  80. Andrew S

    Politics.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  81. Ed, Norman, OK

    He hung around Sarah Palin too long.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  82. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It's called the two face strategy you go back and forth with issues to please every one .

    May 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  83. ann perry

    I am sick of Republicans???All they want to do is bitch and complain and John McCain is one of them.They all want the President to fail and I pray every day he will shine bright as the evening star.God bless America.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  84. Rick Morey-Wolfe

    Simple Jack,
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio got to him!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  85. Joel

    What happened to McCain? He's the typical politician trying to save his job. Only recently has he had to work this hard, so he'll say anything at this point.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  86. SteveB

    John McCain is just proving he's just another politician who will do whatever it takes to get elected. When are people going to realize that the only way change will happen is when ALL of the career politicians are booted from office, lobbying is outlawed, and term limits are put in place?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  87. bertil

    he is old jack... john McCain is old.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  88. Craig

    Nothing....he's a republican isn't he?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  89. B. Jetter

    Like many Washington politicians John would sell his sole to keep his senate seat. This is not new or exclusive to John McCain. Oh if we only had politcians that worked for us the people and strongly defended their convictions.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  90. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The years of torture are finally creeping up on John McCain. It's called dementia, Jack.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  91. doug bell

    I was taught that character is the framework from which people define themselves and what they stand for...
    Seems that John's framework has collapsed

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  92. Ted Hamilton

    1st stage Alzheimer's?

    I am just a few years younger than John and have generally held him in high regard. However, when he selected a freshman Governor from the Great State of Alaska as a running mate I had an hunch that he was on his way.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  93. Thomas Coe

    "Power corrupts." For John McCain, the thought of losing power corrupts absolutely.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  94. Tom Williams

    John McCain is a true war hero. I fear life has taken it's toll. These "BIG" flip flops must be organic.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  95. Bob

    John McCain was swallowed by the beast he created. Sarah Palin.
    They cannot both be the Mavericks, only Sarah can be a Maverick.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  96. Andrew Muenzfeld

    Simply, he's a politician and his recent actions exemplify what Americans dislike about politicians.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  97. Donna

    It's simple, he put Sarah Palin on his payroll AND he lost the election – wouldn't you flip-flop and try to save face after both of those embarrassing catastrophes?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  98. Mark

    John McCain will do what ever it takes to get the vote , time to say goodbye..

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  99. Tim from CA

    There was never a real "John Mccain". May the real John Mccain stand up.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  100. Sly, Alpena, Michigan

    John McCain is one of those Politicians that likes to go the way the wind blows. And i hope that wind blows him back to Arizona for good.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  101. Randy

    Jack,
    It's a fairly straight forward explanation to what happened to John McCain but, it has to do with what the late, great George Carlin said about voting. He said he didn't vote because all the great decisions have already been bought and paid for (by rich, greedy lobbyist).
    So, I would guess that John McCain doesn't get as much of that money to pay for the decisions like he used to. Without the cash flow coming in, he has no idea which position to take and therefore, indecision.

    Randy - Port Ludlow, WA

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  102. Rick Morey-Wolfe

    Simple Jack,

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio Got to him.

    R
    Tucson AZ

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  103. nedson

    I think john is still bitter about his loss to Obama during the presidential election. He lost the election and lost his soul. I hope he recovers soon, he used to be a guy you could count on to be forthright.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  104. Annie, Atlanta

    He sold out. It's no longer about public service, but winning at all costs. And giving up his principles cost him respectability and common decency. Of course, there wasn’t much of either left, as you inferred, after choosing Palin as his running mate, so what does he have to lose?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  105. Dan-Eustis,Florida

    Nothing happened to John McCain, he is and always will be a true
    American hero. As a proud vet I respect the tremendous sacrifice John
    McCain has made for all of us. He is running for office and like all
    politicians he vacillates no news flash there. Hasn't the President
    changed his stance on certain issues Jack?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  106. Joe

    Jack,

    Mr. McCain is a product of the spirit of our times. Do not have a spine, but be willing to take any political stance to save his derriere (behind) for the moment. Sadly, he is just one of many who posture in Washington while big business (oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc.) control our laws.

    He once stood for something good and now he stands for all that is bad. Is he worse than the man running against him in his primary ... probably not. Someone who is honest cannot get nominated in our current two-party system.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  107. Tom

    I think he fell under the spell of the Vampiress from Wasilla. Check for bite marks on your neck, John. It's time for him to go bye bye.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  108. Tony CR

    Jack, Jack, Jack,

    John McCain can't remember how much money, homes or cars that he ownes. It is not surprising to me that he can't remember his stance on important issues such as illegal immigration or his definition of a "Maverick"

    All I have to say is LORD HELP US!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  109. Valentin Gribkoff

    John McCain is suffering from the same apparently communicable and incurable disease that so many politicians succumb to, the idea that an entire culture should suffer in order that they preserve a single job, namely their own. While I agree with his flip-flop on immigration, I believe that he previously expressed his real opinion, and now he is expressing what he thinks will get him re-elected. Even if we can't seem to pass term limitations can't we at least pass some form of forced retirement when a politician reaches the age of foolishness (which is independent of actual age). By the way, I think what he was trying to say is that many of the worst accidents in recent southwest history have been caused by overloaded trucks full of illegal aliens trying to make a break for the heartland.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  110. Kris from Arizona

    Jack,
    Clearly MCcain is playing to the far right conservative base. As he has said before every vote counts. He went from a maverick to a cameleon.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  111. Edex

    Alzheimer's!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  112. Sue

    He's seen what his legacy is going to be, nothing more. His downward spiral sarted with Palin, and he can't climb back up, plain and simple.

    He knows this is his last hurrah, and he is just senile enough to think that since he forgets what he's done in the past, others will too.

    Doesn' work that way. Some people refuse to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  113. Mr D Gosein

    I am very dissapointed with John McCain.
    After tha last election he should have had retired and give way to a younger person.
    He is past his usefullness and has to go.
    Please John. Thanks for all you have done and leave now.

    Monmouth Junction
    New Jersey

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  114. Arou diing

    Jack, that is what happen with politician, they keep changing thiers ideas, lie instead of telling the truth.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  115. RickFromDetroit

    John McCain - Attack Pakistan over the NYC Terrorist Attack.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  116. Steve Martin

    What happened to John McCain.........

    For one thing, he spent an awful lot of time around Palin. She seems to be deluding a number of people in the country right now, so how is he different from the rest of them?

    Also, I believe that our form of democracy usually works: despite all the hype and exaltation, I believe that the American people instinctively suspected that McCain was somehow flawed, and for that reason alone thronged to elect Obama. Obviously they were correct in their choice, as we now well know.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  117. Thomas Coe Oceanside, Ca.

    Power corrupts. For John McCain, the thought of losing power corrupts absolutely.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  118. joe conley

    John Mccain was never a maverick.he is a progressive in the guise of a republican. In the same token, his arch-enemy JD Hayworth is a professed "CONSERVATIVE" but is actually way way way too FAR to the right of Dick Cheney. He is still the lesser of two evils. In the same token the Republicans and Democrats are in my opinion, two sides of the same coin.......................

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  119. Doug

    He has shown himself to be an egotist, as, unfortunately, many passed-by politicians distanced from their actual constituents, not the monied interests that placed them there, are apt to do.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  120. Juan

    Once John McCain lost the Presidential Election to President Obama he desperately needed to his maverick identity in order to align himself with the present conservative Right Wing Republican Party.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  121. Val

    I'm not a huge McCain fan but as Dylan said"The Times They Are 'A-Changing" When McCain said what he said 5 years ago about immigration, things were different. Can't a politician change his mind when the situation changes? Don't most of them do?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  122. Ralph (Sierra Vista, AZ)

    Jack - I'll tell you what's happened to John McCain. In his quest to retain power he has shown his true colors. He will say anything and do almost anything to stay in power. He currently has an ad running in Arizona that addresses the lax enforcement of our border. He claims that "Washington" just does not get it. He is Washington and has been for more than 30 years. His ad states that he and John Kyle have put together a 10 point program to secure our borders and to stop illegal immigration. He and Senator Kyle have had decades to fix the problem and have done nothing about it. But now that he is in danger of losing the Rebuplican primary for his Senate seat he has come out of the wood work to say that he is going to fix everything. Why has it taken 30 years to get through to him ?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  123. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Didn't you notice, Jack? John McCain exhibited his irrationality when he picked the worst possible VP running mate. Like your earlier question about the Social Security 'crisis', this did not happen overnight.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  124. Bill

    He's getting senile & desperate. It's sad to watch this. I respected him before he allowed the bush/rove machine destroy him based on lies in SC. Just retire and enjoy life. Have a bar-B-que & chill out.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  125. Trevor

    Senator McCain, just like all of our other elected officials, has been infected with a disease called career politician-itis. When threatened with removal the disease seizes control of the host and begins to act in ways contradictory to it's past. Unfortunatley the disease will do whatever it has to do in order to suvive, namley by consuming things know as "princilples". In order to stop the spread of this disease and it's damage to our country all infected persons, including Senator McCain, must be voted out. Washington D.C will become a wasteland very quickly, but it must be done for the country to suvive.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  126. Patricia, Seattle

    Jack,
    John McCain is all over the place and any where you want him to be if he thinks it will get him re-elected. If you want him on the far right supporting the Tea Party .......you will find him there with a cup in hand. If you want him on the center right........there he will be straddling the fence. If you want him in the middle as a maverick....there he is riding the biggest horse he can find. If you want him to be gimmicky.....there he is with the biggest gimmick of the 2008 campaign that is still giving a gift we didn't want , need. or deserve.....Sarah Palin!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  127. Kevin in SoCal

    He's stressed, threatened and trying not to lose his job – you know – like most of the middle class.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  128. Nino, Atlanta

    Just like most politicians, John McCain is a chameleon. Even though I seldom share his opinion, I liked the guy years ago when he stood for his convictions, sometimes even against his own party. But ever since he got chosen to represent the Republican party in presidential elections in 2008, it has been hard to keep up with his transformations. He's changed his opinion in the past few years faster than girls change outfits in beauty pageants.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  129. Michael

    Here's what happened to the Maverick Jack----He got old in his cush job as a US Senator! At one time I believed he had the best interest of the United States as a motivation to serve. This is no longer true-------just one more example of why we need term limits!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  130. Larry Power

    John McCain, like most of today's members of congress, found out he cares more about keeping his job than it doing his job which is fixing America's problems. Talk about pandering, he is the example that defines the word.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  131. Edex from Toronto

    Alzheimer's Disease!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  132. Phil-WA State

    "Whatever happened to John McCain?"

    Same thing that happened to Dick Cheney. Both have become has-beens in their futile attempt to ratchet up their legacies. You have a "war hero" and a draft dodger, but make no mistake...they are two peas in the same pod, and age has definitely taken its toll. It's time to abandon ship, Captain, because it is sinking fast!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  133. dra

    he is now McPalin!!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  134. Birddog in Mississippi

    He picked an attractive, charismatic, unknown, incompetent, far-right-wing radical as his running mate. She was chosen to appeal to the nutty right, and she did – a lot. Now in the irony of all ironies, the spawn of Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck, that would be the Tea Party, have turned against McCain. What's that old saying, "What goes around comes around?" He foisted a right wing nut on us, and now he's got one running against him.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  135. steve- virginia beach

    What happened to McCain? The same thing that happened to Obama. He got caught saying and doing anything to get votes. Remember transparency and post-partisanship? No lobbyists in the administration? Prioritizing job creation? Rule as a moderate, mocking those who called him socialist or communist? Go through each agency and streamline and reduce the size of government? Restore the US Constitution? Same game, different teams.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  136. David in NC

    John McCain, like so many life-long members of the Republican party, is being punished for having the audacity to lose an election to a black man from the mid-west. The Republicans are cleaning house and eating their own in an effort to appeal to a movement in it's own party that itself has no real common principles, other than beating the Democrats who they've defined as socialists. On the night he lost the election to President Obama, I remember hearing a woman in the audience shout that he deserved better; I wonder what crowd she's standing in today.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  137. David Moore (Charlotte, NC)

    Whatever happened to John McCain? He sold his soul to the devil to grab the right-wing golden ring! The devil's a slippery fellow so the stories say...he didn't give John what he wanted and John don't seem to be gettin' no refund either.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  138. Susan from Idaho

    Jack, Ole Johns got so many ways to treat ya your bound to like one of them

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  139. Yason

    Whatever happened to John McCain? Ha! Whatever happened to the United States of America? The US' two party system has been churning out waffling politicians, like McCain, for decades. America has idly allowed special interests and corporations to corrupt its republic, while neutering its constituents. Politicians are beholden to special interests and campaign financiers, not the people. That's what happened to John McCain. The better question is – whatever happened to the United States of America?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  140. Charles Ion

    Sen. John McCain now leading the game of flipping. But losing in race to the Senate. Charles Ion

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  141. Regina Coles

    John McCain Who! Now come on Jack, everyone know that he's MIA as usual. No different then those days in which he fell out of the sky.

    I think he fell on his head, and when someone called him a maverick , ane due to amnesia, that's who he thinks he is. Now with all that going on, crashing planes an so on you wouldn't know if you were flip flopping back and forth either.

    He's been riding that war hero thing too long for comfort. I'm so glad he did not win the election, not as if he could have. The Republicans didn't have a candidate then and still dont' have one now. McCain is trying to keep his name in the limelight by cashing in on the illegal immigration controversy.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  142. Jim Phillips

    Senility has set in and this guy wants to be re-elected. Hehas never done any thing for his constituents including the veterans. He votes down any thing that would benefit veterans. It's time for the old maverick to ride off into the sunset.
    Jim Phillips
    Peoria,AZ

    May 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  143. Charles Kama

    Well, what happened to McCain is unthinkable! Yesterday he was a "maverick" hanging out with Sara Palin, and today, he's not a "maverick" trying to get re-elected so that he can retire a Senator! He thinks that's the way politics should be played in America. I wish only McCain could retire in dignity like the McCain we know as a war hero from Vietnam.

    What is coming out of his mouth today is simply unthinkable!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  144. Rose Casebolt

    When John McCain said he was not co=operating with anything he should have been sent home without pay.Why should we pay him our hard earned tax money when he refuses to work.If I said that about my boss or company i work for i would be fired. He should be also and all the "NO" Republicans in Congress and Senate.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  145. Margot

    John McCain just got old and like the rest of us, still needs to feel like his voice counts. Sadly, he has forgotten that your voice grows even stronger when you age if you stick to your principles...... Experience and wisdom mean a lot–selling out is just sad and just pathetic. Integrity is the one thing you should never walk away from........Granny in Washington

    May 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  146. TC

    John McCain got old Jack; like Margaret Laurence said, it's "God's mercy on reluctant jesters. God's grace on fools. God's pity on God."

    May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  147. mark Weirton WV

    Jack He has become a Republican

    May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  148. Allen Moore

    Illinois – In all the years I've watched McCain play senator, the only unselfish, non-politically motivated thing I've ever seen him do was when he told that old biddy that Obama is not a Muslim. The man doesn't need the money, he's got so much he doesn't even know for sure how many homes he owns, so the need to hang on to his senate seat must be ego. The problem with him and the majority of politicians is that they need to have their bread buttered on both sides, while the people they represent are lucky if they can afford bread, let alone margarine on just one side.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  149. Juan

    John McCain is your prototypical politician whichever way the wind blows he decides to follow,now that it's election year he changes his tune,it's sad that just about everyone in Washington is the same way.What's even sadder is that he lost track of how old he is,there comes a time when you should move aside for someone younger that might have more energy and probably better ideas.They say you don't see a moving truck behind a Hearst you can't take the job with you John.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  150. Sean from Maine

    Wow! A politician so desparate to stay in office that he'll constantly change his opinions to fit what's popular at any given time? I can't believe it. Next you'll try telling me that our elected "leaders" are self-serveing crooks and liars who don't have our best interest at heart. I'm shocked.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  151. Bernard

    It's sad to see a man who endured years of torture during the Vietnam War with such courage and integrity now losing it all to the fringe forces of his party.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  152. Matt M.

    Any number of things might be influencing McCain's flip-flops. First, he might be going a bit senile. Many of the decisions he's made over the past couple years could be questioned even by a fifth grader, starting around the time he picked Sarah Palin as a running mate. Another likely driver of his wackiness is his fear of becoming irrelevant. Just 18 months ago he was campaigning to be president of the U.S.; now he's fighting, with whatever it takes, to stay in the limelight.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  153. mark from tx.

    john mccain finally told all the lies that a life can handle. so now that all the lies has been told the truth will spill out.instead of the truth setting him free, the truth is confining him.to be exposed as the phony that he is...even fools should know when to retire.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  154. Harry Trimble

    John is in a vortex of running from J.D. Hayhead, Running to Palin and changing his mind so many times he does not know where he is or what he stands for. He made the statement a few days ago he would not be co-operating in the senate. I guess he will just sit on his rear-end and get his pay provided by tax payers. Arizona is ill served by this so called senator. J. D. Hayhead will be worse if he wins. Good Luck Arizona.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  155. DJ

    Win or lose, he already compromise his principles and his integrity.This guy has no honor. Sacramento,Ca

    May 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  156. Christie

    The answer is simple. There never was a John McCain. He's nothing more than an image – a public persona that shifts and changes at his political whim.

    Sherman Oaks, California

    May 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  157. Bob Hellman

    For starters people who speak bad about Arizona must not live here. Senator John McCain is the best thing that ever happen to Arizona. I have lived in Arizona sense 1950 and Arizona needs Senator John McCain.

    thank you

    Bob Hellman

    May 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  158. Overby from Melbourne

    He's a politician...why would anybody think he's different from all the rest? This is what politicians do. Plain and simple. His judgement to include Palin to pander to people that seem to like loud and stupid lost my vote for his Presidency.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  159. Regina Coles -OHIO

    John McCain Who! Now come on Jack, everyone know that he's MIA as usual. No different then those days in which he fell out of the sky.

    I think he fell on his head, whe he woke up someone called maverick , due to amnesia, that's who he thinks he is. Now with all that going on, crashing planes etc. you wouldn't know if you were flip flopping back and forth either.

    He's been riding that war hero thing too long for comfort. I'm so glad he did not win the election, not as if he could have. The Republicans didn't have a candidate then and still dont' have one now. McCain is trying to keep his name in the limelight by cashing in on the illegal immigration controversy.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  160. Alex Schrock

    Whatever happened to his beliefs and why isn't he sticking by them? I think by him changing his views makes him looks worse in the general public's eye due to the fact that they wont know if he is serious on his views or not . Also I am 17 and I think our generation will have to work hard and really pay attention to this stuff and not think our parents will fix all the problems our country is going through.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  161. Marilyn

    Typical career politician...he leans whichever way the wind blows!
    Its time for him to go.....way past time!

    May 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  162. Ed's Kate

    His true colors are finally showing up.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  163. Donald in CA

    John McCain should have retired rather then lower himself to palins level of retoric. A lot of folks have lost respect for him. Folks who loved the war hero label now wonder what happened to this guy. Never allow yourself to get old and pitiful. John should have retired rather than fall to his current level.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  164. Stephen, Nevada City, CA

    Nothing has happened to good old John. Same as he always was, just not trying to hide his true nature any more. So little time left for him and so many more lies to tell. He's just trying to complete his own 'Bucket List" of untruths to be told. Only real truth is, that's who he is.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  165. Smith in Oregon

    He got old and more grouchy. People are sick and fed up with that pompous man who has routinely used Veterans as his backdrop and then kicked them every chance he could to deny expansion of GI Benefits, adequate pay and adequate medical benefits.

    Senator John McCain recently even obstructed and blocked a US Senate looking into helping the hundreds of thousands of Homeless Veterans across America. How frigging heartless is that?

    May 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  166. Randy from Colorado

    John McCain was one of the few Senators to publicly chastise his fellow congressmen for taking large campain contributions from the health insurance industry. And also for ramming though massive entitlement bills wasting taxpayor dollars. Compared to that flip-flopping means nothing. He is one of the few incumbants worthy or re-election.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm |