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It's a long time from May to November, and it will seem much longer for enthusiasts of John McCain's candidacy for president if the Arizona senator continues his, thus far, dismal campaigning.
McCain is not a riveting speaker, he represents a political party which has lost all credibility with the American people (except the 30% wingnut faction), he basically has no new plans or initiatives for our country although our country has a dozen or so pressing difficulties which call for genuine leadership. At this stage of the election cycle, I can't find a reason for John McCain's candidacy, other than John McCain's own ego.
Kevin Drum, in a Digby post, speaks about McCain's ambition to be president....
And for all the talk about how ambitious Hillary is, does anyone really doubt that McCain has her well beaten on that score? He ran as a conservative bulldog in 2000, he moderated his positions and seriously considered switching parties to run as VP in 2004, and then switched back to Mr. Conservative afterward to prep for yet another run in 2008. McCain really, really, REALLY wants to be president. Isn't it about time someone noticed that?
Which causes Digby to ask this question....
What's driving McCain? Source
I have an answer to that question. It won't be received well by those intending on voting for the senator from Arizona but I'm going to share it anyway.
John Sidney McCain III, born during the depression of the 1930's, was the son of a Four-Star Admiral who was also the son of a Four-Star Admiral. Both father and grandfather were Four-Star Admirals in the Navy. Guess what John Sidney McCain III wanted to be when he grew up.
Born in Panama to a military family, John McCain III went to the Naval Academy and graduated from flight school in 1960. He survived two airplane crashes and a collision with power lines while stationed on aircraft carriers in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. McCain III was 30 when he began actual combat duty in 1967. McCain was quoted then saying, "In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn’t have the least notion of what it took to win the war."
On July 29, 1967, John McCain III was on board the USS Forrestal when a freak series of explosions and fires killed 134 sailors and injured 161. McCain had to scramble out of his fighter plane which was about to launch at the time of the tragedy. MCain came close to death. He was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese only 4 months later on October 26, 1967.
When his captors found out he was the son of a top admiral, later named commander of all U.S. forces in Vietnam....they gave him medical care. McCain III, tortured mercilessly and not expected to live, made an anti-American propaganda confession in 1968. He said of himself that he had reached his breaking point. He spent 5 1/2 years in captivity.
John Sidney McCain III, crippled yet resolute upon returning home, tried to continue in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His goal was still to become the third Admiral in the McCain family. It wasn't to be. Instead, McCain III, started chasing women, and later divorced his wife who had, herself, suffered disfiguring injuries in an automobile accident in 1969. He remarried into beer fortune money one month after his divorce was final, and because his Admiral aspirations were faltering, he retired from the Navy less than a year later, moved to Arizona and began to take advantage of his wife's fortune by entering politics.
Read this next paragraph slowly to not miss what I'm saying.....
John Sidney McCain III, though brave, courageous, and patriotic as any American could possibly be......is a bitter failure. Digby asks, "What's driving McCain?".....why is he driven to become president? Because he regards himself as a failure. John Sidney McCain III is trying to redeem himself by becoming president. He believes this will make up for his failure to become a Four-Star Admiral, like his father and grandfather.
A third generation Four-Star Admiral wannabe who never attained his goal. While perhaps not seeming like a failure to outsiders, to McCain III it could only be regarded that way. The same is true of his time as a captive to the North Vietnamese. John Sidney McCain III sees his own breaking down under torture as a failure. I don't.....others don't.....but I'm positive McCain III does.
John Sidney McCain III has a lifetime of bitterness he's holding inside. Occasionally he fails in his self-discipline and blows up in a fit of rage or spews forth some very vulgar language, even towards close people like his trophy wife. McCain III looks back at his own history and he is bitter about it. He's bitter that civilian leadership didn't allow the U.S. military to just eliminate Vietnam from any future geographical maps.....he blames our "loss" there on anti-war Americans. He's still bitter about those Americans, just as he is bitter towards those Americans today who want our military out of the 21st century quagmire in Iraq.
In this deeply held bitter failure mindset of McCain's can be witnessed the second coming of George W. Bush. In this specific case not because McCain is in agreement with most of Bush's utterly failed doctrine, which he is, but in the psychological similarities of the two men.
Bush, The Younger, lived under the shadow of a rich family history, a presidential father, a war hero father, and a bitch of a mother reminding The Younger of his own many failings. George W. Bush entered the Oval Office a bitter, cynical man.....quite aware of his own failings, and prepared to wreck as many revered institutions in America as he could in expression of that bitterness. Sadly, the damage has been great to our country. All because of the burned out bitterness and internal failure naggings of a very disturbed man. In John Sidney McCain III we find the same characteristics. McCain III knows still to this day that he failed to become an admiral. He failed to remain resolute and unflinching under torture. His military failed in Vietnam. He blames his physical handicaps on that failure.
To elect a man this disturbed, with this chaotic background of failure.....especially after the presidency of the current disturbed, failed and bitter occupant....would be the absolute worse choice the United States citizenry could ever make.
One recent example of what to expect from this bitter and failed man.....
“…I think it's very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States,” said McCain. “So apparently has [Sandinista leader] Danny Ortega and several others. I think that people should understand that I will be Hamas's worst nightmare…If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.” Link
This is the bleatings of a man completely out of touch with reality. These are the cynically bitter words of a man who will say or do virtually anything to redeem himelf in his own mind by becoming president.
"What drives McCain?" Ambition? Sure. But it's really all about his own bitter failure. He wants to take all of that bitterness out on some middle eastern Muslims.....or on anti-war protestors....or on anyone disloyal to him. He wants to redeem his name in the McCain lineage. In other words.....he wants to become president for all the wrong reasons.