John McCain

Democrats really do love Republicans — when they’re dead

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

There is, of course, nothing wrong in saying something nice about the recently departed. Eulogies are not the time or place to seek balance. The problem emerges when the partisan lens becomes the decisive factor in switching from damnation to praise. Then it is hypocrisy masquerading as principle and grace. The flip-flops are the latest reminders that, more than two years after Trump’s stunning upset, it is not adequate to say American elites of both parties and the media have yet to accept his presidency. It is clear they never will.

The Circus of Resistance

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Somehow it’s “news” that a senior, unnamed official claims all the bad stuff that we don’t know happened, or actually never quite happened, was due to Trump alone. And, of course, all the good stuff that we do know happened was only because of noble, smart, patriotic, and visionary officials like the writer and his friends. The recent op-ed is yet another episode in an endless resistance cartoon, another pathetic effort of self-important grandees to undo by fiat what the voters did by voting in 2016.

John McCain, RIP: Washington’s War Party Loses its Leader

For the late Senator John McCain, war was a first resort, the obvious answer to most any international problem, whatever the specifics. If only Washington would impose its will abroad, Pax America would emerge.

The New York Times Belatedly Discovers The Deep State

We hope the publication of the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times galvanizes the President to cull out those establishment Republican hacks, Democrats and Deep State operatives who have been slow walking his policies, but until he puts someone who shares his agenda in charge of White House Personnel that is unlikely to happen.

Understanding McCain's rift with the Right

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Trump got a lot of mileage out of the perception that many Republican leaders, no matter how personally decent, were content to lose to liberals. McCain was most celebrated as a maverick when he sided with liberals and often condemned when he stood up to them. McCain wasn't wrong that there are bigger things than Republican versus Democrat, Left versus Right. Even those conservative detractors should celebrate his virtues now.

In Washington, a rare relationship without pretense and BS

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The notable thing about McCain, who even before he fell ill was approaching the end of his Senate career and whose own runs for the White House were in the past, was that he never felt the need to even feign positive feelings for his party's leader. In a way, the two men together, McCain and Trump, struck a blow for genuineness amid the phoniness of official Washington. The relationship between the two men ended as badly as it began. But always, and rarely for Washington, without pretense.

Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

John McCain was a war hawk, and proud of it. But by 2006, the wars he had championed had cost the Republican Party both houses of Congress. In 2008, when he was on the ballot, those wars helped cost him the presidency. By 2016, the Republican majority would turn its back on McCain and his protege, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and nominate Donald Trump, who said he would seek to get along with Russia and extricate America from the wars into which McCain had helped plunge the country.

The New York Times’s slathering praise for John McCain rings false

Roger Kimball, The Spectator

The Times is perfectly willing, nay eager, to celebrate the memory of John McCain. After all, his most conspicuous activities these past few years have been as an anti-Trump activist. But back in the day, the Times was quick to put John McCain in his place just as soon has he tried to abandon his role as a ‘maverick,’ i.e., unreliable, but essentially pro-Democratic, trouble maker. Like Dewar’s Scotch, the Times has this to be said for it: it never varies.

Death of a Patriot

William Murchison, The American Spectator

There seems ample room to debate the wisdom of this American intervention or that one without discarding the overriding wisdom that projection of national strength warns the screwballs and America-haters to keep their distance. Because if they don’t, you know what? They’ll run eventually, and head-long, into the heirs of John McCain — lovers, like him, of freedom; imitators of his worthy example; telling foreign enemies, in McCain-like tones of defiance, just where they can get off.

Why America Is Losing The War In Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan isn’t a regional or tribal conflict, it isn’t a war on “terrorism,” it isn’t a war on narco-warlords (even though 90% of the worlds illicit opium originates there); it is a war between the values of Islam and the values of the Western Enlightenment, and if you refuse to understand it and fight it on those terms the war in Afghanistan will never be over and certainly never be won.

Why Should Trump Pick A Fight With Putin Over The Failures Of Obama, Clapper, Strzok and Brennan?

Never in the annals of Washington DC’s history have three bureaucrats been so anxious to shout their failures from every rooftop. But that’s exactly what Strzok, Clapper, and especially Brennan have been doing by blasting Trump for not picking a fight with Putin over their failure to stop Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump – Putin Summit Craziness

What Democrats, Trump critics like Senator John McCain, and Witch Hunters like Robert Mueller wanted President Trump to do would jeopardize the lives and safety of American military and intelligence officers around the world and make international relations infinitely more complex and difficult.

The Perfidious Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has made it clear he is running to be the leader of the #NeverTrump resistance, not to be Utah’s junior Senator. So, being nice to Kim Jong Un has a better chance of getting him to abandon his nuclear weapons than being nice to Mitt Romney has of getting him to support Trump.

#NeverMitt Utah GOP Senate Primary Is Tomorrow Vote Dr. Mike Kennedy

Even though Dr. Mike Kennedy beat Romney 51 – 49 at the Republican State Convention, due to Utah’s arcane nomination process, the statewide run-off decides the nominee. Romney is spending millions of dollars to buy his way into the U.S. Senate, so he can be the establishment’s Senate “COUNTERWEIGHT” to President Trump’s America First agenda.

The Only Thing Worse For Republicans Than John McCain In The Senate

With her radical leftist views on same sex marriage and opposition to the Republican Party’s platform position on abortion, the only thing worse than having John McCain in the Senate would be for Governor Doug Ducey to appoint his liberal wife Cindy to succeed him.

The Long Week of the Leaked McCain Insult

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

These are the same networks that opportunistically whacked McCain as an obstacle to Obama 10 years ago. Take ABC's Terry Moran on "Nightline" on Oct. 13, 2008: "attacks from John McCain and Sarah Palin ... stoked the anger at Republican rallies, where there have been reports of attendees yelling things like 'terrorist' and 'kill him.'" Moran asked Biden, "Are you at all concerned in this home stretch for Sen. Obama's safety?" Perhaps ABC should start demanding that ABC apologize publicly.

On the McCain controversy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

McCain has a war record of pure heroism. He has a political record of real achievement, but also perhaps more than his share of the controversy that goes with politics. So which to emphasize in what might be McCain's final days? Here's a thought: Why not dwell on the good, especially since it was so good? When someone dies, it really is fitting to look at the best that person did. And John McCain lived a great, patriotic life, doing more in service to the U.S. than his critics, or almost anyone else. When he dies, why not remember that?

Conservative Senators Must Oppose Gina Haspel For CIA Director

In her testimony yesterday, Gina Haspel gave conservatives a rare insight into how operatives of the Deep State think and work – and it should scare everyone who saw it or has read about it. What’s more, Haspel gave conservatives concerned about Russia, China and the war Islam has declared on the West absolutely no reason to vote for her.

Senator Rand Paul Chooses Policy Over Politics On Pompeo Vote

The easy political move for Senator Paul would have been to vote “NO” on Mike Pompeo and claim it was a vote based on principle, the tougher and better move for the country, and Senator Paul’s policy goals, was to get the commitments on policy and vote “YES.”

#NeverMitt Wins Round One Of Utah Senate Race

Mitt Romney came in second in Saturday's Utah Republican Convention because he’s weak on gun rights, he’s aloof and won’t answer questions, he won’t stand up for the Constitution said supporters of conservative candidate state Rep. Michael Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy beat Romney 51 percent to 49 percent forcing a primary under Utah's arcane nomination procedure.