Stuff I Should Have Posted Long Ago

I’m happy to see that Amy Silverman’s long piece in the New Times about what her experiences with John McCain is getting a bit of play on the national blogs. Will it do anything to puncture the “Maverick I’d Like To Have A Beer With” image that the Washington media has of him? I think I’d have to light more than a few candles before that happens. As Chris Matthews said in 2000, “John, those people in Arizona don’t know you the way we do.”

By the way, Silverman refers to the 1986 rape joke, then gives credit to the Huffington Post for breaking it. Geez, Amy, show some love for your fellow Arizonan here.

In the article, Silverman alludes to an incident where a member of her family was berated by McCain for an article she wrote. She wrote about this episode in an article about her father for Salon in 2000.

Also, Pat Murphy, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic, had a catalog of decidedly non-bi-partisan-straight-shooting-maverick incidents in McCain’s political career that he published in a paper where he currently lives in Idaho back in 1999 (a slightly different version appeared in In These Times a few months later).

4 thoughts on “Stuff I Should Have Posted Long Ago

  1. I knew Pat Murphy when he was with the Republic. He was a Republican-oriented columnist and editorial writer, but he also was able to criticize folks on his side of the political aisle when he felt they deserved it. As I recall, he did that a few times too often for the Pulliam family, and he was removed from his job “to spend more time with his family and pursue other career options.”

  2. After reading this article I remembered why I can’t stand John McCain. Next I forward it on to my buddy in Chicago who is a McCain fan. Funny, I haven’t heard back from him yet….

  3. Allow me to add more info about McCain. McCain claims that Mo Udall was a friend of his who mentored him when he was in the House. In fact, McCain would visit Mo Udall at the rest home where he spent the rest of his days after leaving Congress due to his Parkinson’s disease. In 1997, the New York Times did a profile on McCain in their Sunday Magazine. As part of the interview, McCain took the reporter with him to visit Udall at the VA Care Hospital in Washington, DC. See a part of the story from the New York Times:

    …we were on the road, and McCain was reminiscing about his early political career. When he was elected to the House in 1982, he said, he was ”a freshman right-wing Nazi.” But his visceral hostility toward Democrats generally was quickly tempered by his tendency to see people as individuals and judge them that way. He was taken in hand by Morris Udall, the Arizona Congressman who was the liberal conscience of the Congress and a leading voice for reform. (Most famously — and disastrously for his own career — Udall took aim at the seniority system that kept young talent in its place at the end of the dais. ”The longer you’re here, the more you’ll like it,” he used to joke to incoming freshmen.)

    ….For the past few years, Udall has lain ill with Parkinson’s disease in a veterans hospital in Northeast Washington, which is where we were heading. Every few weeks, McCain drives over to pay his respects. These days the trip is a ceremony, like going to church only less pleasant. Udall is seldom conscious, and even then he shows no sign of recognition. McCain brings with him a stack of newspaper clips on Udall’s favorite subjects: local politics in Arizona, environmental legislation, Native American land disputes…

    One wall of Udall’s hospital room was cluttered with photos of his family back in Arizona…Aside from a Congressional seal glued to a door jamb, there was no indication what the man in the bed had done for his living. Beneath a torn gray blanket on a narrow hospital cot, Udall lay twisted and disfigured. No matter how many times McCain tapped him on the shoulder and called his name, his eyes remained shut.

    A nurse entered and seemed surprised to find anyone there, and it wasn’t long before I found out why: almost no one visits anymore. In his time, which was not very long ago, Mo Udall was one of the most-sought-after men in the Democratic Party. Yet as he dies in a veterans hospital a few miles from the Capitol, he is visited regularly only by a single old political friend, John McCain. ”He’s not going to wake up this time,” McCain said.

    Shame on McCain for bringing a reporter along to his visit with Mo Udall where he laid sick to live out the rest of his days knowing that he was robbed by Parkinson’s disease!

    For McCain to show Udall in such a state of suffering is disrespectful, politically cheap, and tacky to the late Mo Udall and the Udall family.

    McCain has shown with this article that he will do anything to get press coverage or a sound bite at the expense of a great Arizona political icon such as Mo Udall. It shows that he will say anything and expose his relationships to pump himself up at the expense of the people such as Mo Udall.

    Check out the 1997 New York Times article at:

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