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Rand Paul: McCain ‘past his prime,’ may be ‘unhinged’

Rand Paul: McCain ‘past his prime,’ may be ‘unhinged’

Paul: McCain “makes a really, really strong case for term limits”

Payback is a . . . Rand Paul. After John McCain, speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin,” Paul had a crushing comeback on today’s Morning Joe.

Said Paul of McCain, “he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.”

McCain’s nose was put out of joint when Paul had left the Senate floor after objecting to McCain’s call for Montenegro to be admitted to NATO. Whatever you think of it Paul’s objection, it was based on principle: a desire to have the US avoid additional military entanglements and obligations. The notion that the senator from Kentucky is a secret Kremlin agent is absurd.

JOHN MCCAIN: I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action that he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator, blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98 at least of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away. And walk away. The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made. He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So, I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.

WILLIE GEIST: Senator, a little context around that.


WILLIE: The vote was around putting Montenegro into NATO. What’s your reaction to Senator McCain’s characterization of your objection?

RAND PAUL Well you know, I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime, I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.

MIKA: Oh my God.


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assemblerhead | March 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

Rand Paul has the right stance on this question of “Montenegro / NATO”.
McStain should run as a Democrat. That’s how he votes.

    No, Arizona voters should replace him. Vote in the Democrat if McCain is the Republican; the only difference is whether there’s a ‘D’ or ‘R’ after the name.

    Or better yet, defeat him in the primary and vote in a real conservative.

    Right now, the product label doesn’t match the contents. There are two ways to fix this: fix the label (replace McCain with a Democrat), or fix the contents (replace McCain with an actual Republican). Either way, McCain has got to go.

McCain should go back to Arizona and check himself into the Phoenix VA Hospital nursing home and get on the waiting list for supper. He’s shot his wad in DC.

Term limits? He makes a strong case for euthanasia.

I couldn’t agree with Paul more. On both Montenegro & McCain.

McCain has long ago used up any sympathy or respect for his being a POW. It sounded kind of cold at the time, but Trump was right when he Tweeted: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

    Granny in reply to snopercod. | March 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    At the time McCain was not viewed as a “war hero” by a very long shot. He was viewed as a traitor. Luckily, both his father and his grandfather were admirals, so a huge effort was put into rehabilitating him.

Senator McCain had done heroic things as a POW. That said, he is well past his sell by date and should have been enjoying retirement for some time. Too bad, he is way past any usefulness. His last words on the Senate floor causes me to discount everything he says.

    artichoke in reply to Romey. | March 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    There’s a dispute over what he did as a POW. But thanks for putting the nicest gloss on it.

    SDN in reply to Romey. | March 17, 2017 at 7:25 am

    And Benedict Arnold was a wounded combat hero. Past heroism is not a guarantee against current and future treason.

legalizehazing | March 16, 2017 at 10:51 am

I wish I had a clue what was going on. Banking conflict in Cyprus. Quasi war in Ukraine. A quasi war in Syria…

I’d not be mad if there was justification to carve Hamas and ISIS from Lebanon and Syria for a more stable replacement. And then what will we do with Iran? On the other hand.. that’s a lot fighting and a big mess. Is Russia still such a strategic problem? How about an explanation Senator McCain?

As an Arizona voter, I agree with Paul on this. McCain could be the poster geezer for term limits.

    Ragspierre in reply to Observer. | March 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Keeping in mind that Der Donald endorsed him. Always…

      Daiwa in reply to Ragspierre. | March 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Keeping a body in the R column is useful for Senate organizational purposes so not surprising he ‘endorsed’ him given the slim majority there. If he’d been running for Representative, not so sure that would have happened. McCain has become the very definition of RINO.

      Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | March 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Keeping in mind that Rags voted for him. Always…

“Makes a strong case for…term limits”…that’s the line of the day!

Thanks for making my day Rand!

Mika similarly makes a strong case for term limits. After saying on air that their job is to tell us exactly what to think … she’s still there — why? Any normal job would fire you for a mistake like that.

JackRussellTerrierist | March 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm

McCain is 80 and just got re-elected.

His mind was borderline gone when he ran for prez in ’08. That was nine years ago. He just got re-elected to his SIXTH term, so we basically have at least six more years of this psycho and prayers that he doesn’t try to run again at 86.

I hope to God McCain doesn’t have his sights set on besting Strom Thurmond.

McCain is not “past his prime.”

That’s impossible: he’s never had one.

Lamebrain McCain is a wacko turd ????…

Never mind term limits. Set a maximum age for running for political office or for political appointment and a mandatory retirement age.