Today's ass kiss:
Courage at a Cost
Why McCain Deserves Conservatives' Respect
By Michael Gerson, The Washington Post
On occasion, Sen. John McCain seems like a martyr anxious for the stake, offering his own lighter to get the proceedings started. His flamboyant heresies on campaign finance reform, global warming and immigration have left conservatives suspicious that he has a mild form of Chuck Hagel's disease: an uncontrollable moral exhibitionism designed to please the liberal media.
Ultimately, however, judgment matters more than temperament in a president. And stepping back a moment from the past few years, McCain's judgment on the big issues deserves grudging respect from conservatives. (link)
No he doesn't. Nobody in Congress, short of Ted Kennedy, deserves less respect than does John McCain (not even that batty Barbara Boxer; it's not her fault she lacks intelligence). Not unless we want to give "grudging respect" to Adolf Hitler as well for having brought about the demise of the Third Reich.
John McCain, through his opposition to the 1st Amendment (McCain-Feingold), opposition to the 2nd Amendment (to this day, nobody has ever explained to me what that gun-show loophole is or was), opposition to oil exploration in an oil starved world (ANWR), opposition to tax cuts, but, by God, support of legislation intended to solve an unsolvable problem that may not exist (global warming), has disrespected the American people. For all that he deserves our collective disapprobation. And a ticket home.
Only when John McCain decides to finally pack it in and totter off into the nursing home will I respect his decision-making capacity, for having made that long-overdue and long-anticipated decision.