Not only is he willing to succumb to Obama’s demands, but he’s also a reminder of the progressive side of the Republican Party.
A side many would like to remove.
And with this progressive side McCain has made a name for himself. He’s that old guy who yells at those obnoxious kids across from his house who scream and run around.
Sorry, what I meant to say is that he’s taken a disliking to the younger Conservative faction of Congress. Specifically Ted Cruz.
Cruz’s blatant anti-Obama stance during Obamacare and the now the shutdown is too much for McCain to handle.
McCain can’t handle it for several reasons…
Cruz is Encroaching on His Territory
Cruz is the guy who takes a stand. He’s acting like a leader. Something McCain’s been used to as one of the “establishment” republicans.
Cruz is gaining traction. The more he puts himself out there, defies Obama (and the Republican establishment) the more his following grows.
With every act of defiance Cruz is chipping away at McCain’s kingdom.
McCain inherited his leadership position, Cruz is earning it.
Cruz is the Young Guy
Whether you want to admit it or not, age matters.
John McCain’s old. He’s a remnant of the past. Cruz, on the other hand, is a lean mean fighting machine.
Cruz connects with the younger generation. John McCain can’t (he can only yell at you).
Cruz is vibrant and full of life, and it shows in his dealings with Congress. McCain is the same old, same old (and still old).
Cruz is the New Wave
Look at Rand Paul and Mike Lee; they’re young, bold, and outspoken. They’re the ones leading, they’re the ones in the front lines fighting the battles the rest of the party won’t fight.
They’re the new thing. They’re the future.
McCain and his old folks are the past. They’re outdated. They don’t take a stand. And McCain knows this (whether he wants to admit it or not).
To put it simply: John McCain is the status quo… and the status quo is changing.
How’s He Reacting to This?
Like a five year old who just realized that his parents are paying more attention to the new born baby then him.
McCain showed this behavior beautifully while on Fox News when he blamed Conservatives like Ted Cruz for the mishandling of the Veteran benefits.
Let’s have a little straight talk, Martha. They [The Department of Defense] wouldn’t have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool’s errand that we were not going to accomplish.
He later went on to denounce Ted Cruz’s leadership by saying that Cruz wasn’t “representing” the GOP during a White House visit.
McCain’s Denying the Obvious
There’s a new baby in the house; the attention is no longer focused on him. But like any five year old faced with a takeover he’s trying to fight it.
“Watch me do this mommy!”
“Look at me daddy, see what I just did?”
Once that fails, he switches to plan B. Attack, ridicule, obstruct.
You’ve probably seen it before. A child treats their new born sibling with contempt sometimes to the point of physical harm. John McCain is no different.
McCain’s Ongoing War
Thanks to his child-like behavior he’s now in open war against Ted Cruz (and everyone like him). But John McCain isn’t the only one attacking the New Wave. Plenty of Republican leaders and media personalities are more than happy to join the fight.
Grover Norquist, Charles Krauthammer and Lindsey Graham to name a few.
Krauthammer, who looks like a puppet out of Genesis’s Land of Confusion music video, referred to Cruz as a general who orders his troops into battle and then just leaves them there.
Norquist, following Krauthammer’s lead, said Cruz pushed Republicans into traffic and walked away. He even went so far as to say that Ted Cruz owed Republicans an apology.
What are we five?
What are the Effects of Such a War?
Here are just a few effects of John McCain’s ongoing war against Ted Cruz (and the Tea Party movement in general).
- A civil war inside the Republican Party.
- Less support for Cruz and his compatriots during battles against Obama (i.e. Obamacare).
- Factions like the Tea Party are viewed as “wacko birds” by Congressional Republicans, the media and voters.
- The real leaders in Congress (like Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz) are demonized, dismissed, etc.
- We have diminished united front against harmful policies and programs in Congress.
- The Republican Party ultimately becomes a weaker (and more moderate) party in the long run.
These are just a few, and I’m sure you can add a few to this list (please do!), because you’re smart (unlike John McCain).
But seriously, John McCain isn’t the sharpest knife in the kitchen. Attacking Cruz is exactly what he shouldn’t be doing. He should be reinforcing the legitimate Conservative forces in Congress. Join forces instead of whining about his lost popularity and leadership.
That’s what he should be doing.
Grow up sir! Stop fighting against your own party and accept that Congressmen like Cruz are the future. Because if you don’t, you’ll soon find yourself at the barrel of The People’s gun… and out of a job.