If you enjoy the kind of legislation by senility provided by octogenarians on Capitol Hill, here’s some good news: RINO Senator John McCain (Ariz.), who will turn 80 before his next election, said that he will likely seek another term in office.
During an interview with an Arizona radio station this week, McCain said that he was getting “a lot of encouragement” from the business community and giving serious thought to another run.
“I’m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now,” said McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and five-term Senator.
“I’m seriously giving that a lot of thought,” he said. “I’m certainly getting a lot of encouragement from our business community who’s overwhelmingly upset about what we did in shutting down the government because of what it did to their businesses and Arizona’s economy.”
McCain’s role in criticizing the more conservative wing of the GOP in recent weeks makes unclear what he believes is the best direction for the future of the GOP, or whether he even cares.
On Sunday, during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” McCain was asked whether he believed Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would be a viable Presidential candidate in the Nation’s next election. The five-term Senator said that he couldn’t predict the future, but that Cruz would lack support outside of a strong conservative base.
“The question is,” McCain continued, “will our party be able to field a winning Presidential candidate and Vice President so that we can win the election rather than — unfortunately, the record of the last couple has not been what we want it to be.
“I can say that from a personal standpoint,” he added.
McCain’s acknowledgement that his own GOP style did little to energize voters in 2008, however, shouldn’t be construed as an endorsement of more Tea Party influence within the Party. The longtime Senator rarely misses an occasion to malign those among his colleagues who have embraced the Tea Party platform.
McCain placed the blame for the government shutdown on the Tea Party, saying that “tea partiers specifically” wrongly told “millions of Americans” that Obamacare could be defunded. He also called out Cruz for criticizing Obamacare, saying that “the people spoke” when they re-elected President Barack Obama and the GOP should go along with the President’s program.
“We fought as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost,” McCain said. “One of the reasons was because we were in the minority, and in democracies, almost always the majority governs and passes legislation.”