John McCain Versus Trumpism

“The attacks on John McCain’s personal sacrifice were roundly condemned then – and millions of Americans will be praying for his recovery now.
 
Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive brain tumour, and increases in frequency with age, affecting more men than women.
 
Mr McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, was in “good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family””
 
See John McCain has brain cancer, his office says
Senator John McCain is a tough cookie but he has his hands full with Trumpism rampant in the land and a serious case of cancer.

McCain has always stood up to Trump’s nonsense although he’s not particularly fond of my favourite variation on MediCare, “single payer”. However, he’s now on the front line of the battle over health care. If he resigns to fight cancer, the slim margin of the GOP in the Senate will be cut in half almost certainly blocking the draconian measures being contemplated. If he tries to retain his seat while fighting cancer, he may well lose his life. This cancer is very aggressive and it’s probably already spread or soon to spread. There can be no delay in treatment unless death is considered inevitable and acceptable. If McCain resigns his successor will be torn by Arizona’s Medicaid Expansion.

If McCain does resign another possibility will grow, that of impeachment. The odds of finding one or two GOP senators willing to impeach are much better than finding two or three. With the latest news that Trump is contemplating firing his current investigator about Russia, a majority of senators may be willing to impeach sooner or later. For a reputed deal-maker, Trump is nailing his own coffin shut from the inside by pointing Mueller at Trump Inc. finances. Meanwhile Manafort’s situation screams “money laundering” with Russian interests. You can bet Mueller will try to follow the money right to Trump and associates.

If McCain resigns his successor will be appointed by Governor Ducey who wants ObamaCare gone but wants to keep hundreds of thousands of Arizona’s citizens insured. All Ducey has to do to protect his people is delay the appointment indefinitely or appoint someone who sees Trumpism for what it is. Trump’s base is eroding. It was made of sand.

UPDATE McCain did return to the Senate rather promptly and was instrumental in killing Trump’s last hope of “repealing and replacing” ObamaCare. See US healthcare: Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails. So much for the idea that the Trumpists control the US government. So much for the idea that Trump is a leader, a uniter and a deal-maker.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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24 Responses to John McCain Versus Trumpism

  1. ram says:

    Both Trump and McCain are stark raving mad!

  2. Ivan says:

    Great! We can all look forward to insanely expensive health insurance down here while you’re up there masturbating over Trump’s failure…

  3. I added an update about McCain returning to the Senate in time to kill TrumpCare. Whatever works, eh?

    Trump’s tweet: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

    Isn’t it ironic that Trump’s response to McCain would be a lie? In the beginning, obviously, Trump repeated ad nauseam, “repeal and replace”… and before that he was in favour of single-payer… Trump’s problem is not McCain or the lying media or … but Trump himself having no vision for USA. In fact, Trump has no policy on anything that he can put into writing and submit to Congress for approval. Heck, he can’t even keep the White House staffed.

  4. Mathias wrote, “He was shot down after 15 minutes fly over Vietnam”.

    He became a Navy pilot in 1960 and flew 23 missions over Hanoi before he was shot down.

    “Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for missions flown over North Vietnam”

  5. Mathias says:

    McCain is a vicious warmonger and his military combat history was too short to pretend that pathetic “American patriotism”. He was shot down after 15 minutes fly over Vietnam. He has always been too stupid to realize that military power is not nearly always the right answer to complicated global problems.

  6. Grece says:

    That’s a pretty weird story but not very likely.

    LOL…of course you don’t believe it, it did not come from CNN you twink.

    if a guy crushed some hard drives, why keep them

    Well lets see Robert. They probably realized they had to flee immediately. So they smashed them thinking it would make the data unrecoverable. Then once they fled to wherever, they realized that they panicked and all that data is still on those drives. Now they are threatening the tenants with lawsuits, which should make you wonder.

    Now Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants her stuff back. Why would she want broken IT equipment Robert?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a9wgmuM4qQ

  7. JD wrote about DNC IT-support.

    That’s a pretty weird story but not very likely. IE if a guy crushed some hard drives, why keep them around? Why aren’t they in a landfill or recycled somewhere? I might have kept the magnets but after destruction the rest is scrap material. Was he accumulating a batch?

  8. JD says:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-24/fbi-seized-crushed-hard-drives-home-wasserman-schultz-it-aide

    As one commenter puts it:
    So the head of the DNC had a Muslim Brotherhood IT group from Pakistan,

    who Dems requested be given access to top secret data, then payed them $millions$

    who shortly after Hillary lost, destroyed government hard drives,

    and who are now on the run, in hiding, refusing to cooperate,

    all after the DNCs email server was “hacked by Russians” colluding with Trump?

    I’m convinced, we’re all characters in a bad Sci Fi novel, nothing is true….

  9. Ivan says:

    FFS, Bob, Google didn’t back shit; they bought the damn company. They’re also in the process of replacing linux so you’re argument is about as magically useful a unicorn fart.

  10. The Wiz wrote, “Android based mobile devices don’t look or behave anything like the desktop OS that you revere, which is IMHO why Android based phones are a success in what they do.”

    ISTR M$ also looked and behaved differently than GNU/Linux on smartphones and failed. So the Wiz’ theory is disproved. The success of Android/Linux was ensured by the backing of Google. If Google had backed GNU/Linux what would be the story? ISTR IBM and Red Hat backed GNU/Linux on servers and it succeeded.

  11. wizard emiritus says:

    “Most people are using ARM and Android/Linux these days. ”

    Yes indeed most people, myself included, are using Android powered smartphones and tablets. Of course your insistence on labeling the commercial operating system known as Android as Android/Linux is meaningless. Android based mobile devices don’t look or behave anything like the desktop OS that you revere, which is IMHO why Android based phones are a success in what they do.

  12. Deaf Spy wrote, “Microsoft’s demise.”

    I never wrote M$ would die, only their monopoly. Wintel is not dead yet but it’s no longer a monopoly. Most people are using ARM and Android/Linux these days. GNU/Linux continues to grow, however. M$ is having to work for a living like other businesses. Their operating income for personal computing last quarter was $2billion, half what it used to be.

  13. Deaf Spy says:

    Eventually both sides of the Senate will vote to impeach this imposter of a POTUS.

    You would sooner get your Solo, Robert, than witness this impeachment. 🙂

    Btw, why not return to another area you are particularly hilarious in your predictions of? Microsoft’s demise.

    Seeing the latest earnings report, even the client revenue is $3.8 billion, up from $3.3 billion a year ago. Servers surge. Azure is almost doubling. Both boxed and cloud Office grow.

    Reality: no one wants Linux on desktop, and no one wants LO. People love Windows 10 and MS Office, and prove it with their wallets.

  14. DrLoser wrote, “John’s successor in the Senate will most probably be on the right wing of the Senate”.

    Both sides of the Senate want a good healthcare plan for USA. Trump isn’t giving them that. He’s not even informing himself nor promoting various plans the Congress has generated. He’s not leading which is supposed to be his job. Eventually both sides of the Senate will vote to impeach this imposter of a POTUS. John McCain has been calling out Trump’s stupidity/perfidityand his successor likely will too as AZ has accepted the MedicAid expansion. The craziest Trumpists hate McCain simply because he criticizes Trump. I’ve been watching McCain since the 1990s on CSPAN because he actually knew something of military matters and knew the difference between a friend and an enemy, something Trump does not. Trump only knows sycophants and critics. McCain tells it like he sees it instead of worshipping Trump.

    From McCain’s website: “we must not repeat the original mistakes that led to Obamacare’s failure. The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation’s governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”

    It doesn’t sound like he’s a fan of rushing through something, anything, to replace ObamaCare which seems to be Trump’s plan/chaotic wishlist.

  15. Ivan says:

    You are a deeply disgusting, withered, spavined, vile, worthless piece of cockroach snot, Robert.

    Well, he isn’t keeping a harem of barely-legals chained up in abusive relationships like R. Kelly, so he’s got that going for him.

  16. DrLoser says:

    I don’t wish his demise but it will happen sooner or later and this cancer could be the cause. The political repercussions are important and urgent.

    You are a deeply disgusting, withered, spavined, vile, worthless piece of cockroach snot, Robert.

    Furthermore, you don’t seem to have a clue how Arizona politics work. (Clue: in what I hope will be a few years yet, John’s successor in the Senate will most probably be on the right wing of the Senate.)

    Furthermore, you are so unbelievably dense that, even though both Grece and I have pointed out the multiple flaws in what passes for your political fantasy, you just double down and repeat the same cretinous nonsense.

    But mostly?

    You are a deeply disgusting, withered, spavined, vile, worthless piece of cockroach snot, Robert.

  17. Grece says:

    Grece wrote, “all you care about is whether John McCain dying will advance your own nitwit causes.”

    Robert, you dimwit, in addition to being a nitwit, I never said that. I was quoting the good Doctor. Please get your facts straight.

  18. Grece says:

    ACTUAL VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE

    Not Robert Pogson heresay.

  19. Grece wrote, “If Mueller cannot articulate ACTUAL VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE of Trump collusion, then all inquiry into Trump and his campaign must be ended immediately.”

    That one’s easy:

    • The Trumps have long affiliation with Russia and invited others with similar connections to join the team: Manifort, etc.
    • Trump arranged to drop mention of Russia from the party’s platform.
    • Trump’s son accepted willingly to collude with the Russians to denigrate Hillary.
    • Trump blurted out sources and methods of intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office.
    • Trump fired Comey over Russia and has threatened to fire Mueller if Mueller follows the money.

      There are grounds for impeachment now, before Mueller even finishes the job. Mueller’s job now is to bring up charges to put this lot of traitors in prison for decades. Proof of collusion is as plain as the nose on Trump’s face. Further proof will come when the money is followed and the rats turn on each other.

  20. Grece wrote, “all you care about is whether John McCain dying will advance your own nitwit causes.”

    Nevertheless, the GOP margin of control of the Senate is quite slim and could get slimmer yet. McCain is a fighter and might tough things out to the bitter end but he may just as well want to spend as much quality time as possible with family no matter what. His governor has an opportunity to make a statement about the state of USA and Trump. I don’t think the governor will be happy to let Arizona citizens go without healthcare insurance. Trump couldn’t care less. The governor should say something about that and he will have an opportunity if McCain resigns or dies in office.

    The resignation could come at any time because fighting a cancer like this is a full time job. Miracles do happen but the odds are against McCain beating this one. He’s not young. The cancer is aggressive. The cancer has most likely spread by now. Treatments are not very precise and are just as likely to kill the patient as the cancer. The disease is likely to disable McCain just as the treatment can. The chances of surviving a year or so is slim to none.

    I don’t wish his demise but it will happen sooner or later and this cancer could be the cause. The political repercussions are important and urgent.

  21. Grece says:

    But what’s actually worse than this is that, for some reason, you choose to write a post about an eighty year old war veteran with (what is probably terminal) brain cancer, and all you care about is whether John McCain dying will advance your own nitwit causes.

    You’ve finally jumped the shark, Robert Pogson. You are a filthy immoral disgrace to humankind.

    I am glad someone pointed that out, I was getting around to it; lately Robert’s demeanor has changed to being a hypocrite, a hater of humanity and now downright disgusting. You should be ashamed Robert.

  22. Grece says:

    Lay off the mushrooms Robert. If Mueller cannot articulate ACTUAL VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE of Trump collusion, then all inquiry into Trump and his campaign must be ended immediately.

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3726381/Robert-Mueller-Special-Counsel-Russia.pdf

    Mueller has appointed donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign to investigate the Trump campaign, is close friend of Comey, whose leaks of Justice Department information gave rise to Mueller’s appointment. Mueller has not recused himself. He should.

  23. DrLoser says:

    If McCain does resign another possibility will grow, that of impeachment.

    No it won’t, Robert. You are a drivelling idiot. You are incapable of following even your own logic. (See approving comments re McCain further up your OP.)

    The odds of finding one or two GOP senators willing to impeach are much better than finding two or three.

    No, that’s a complete failure to understand how the Founding Fathers set up the impeachment process, Robert. You are a drivelling idiot.

    But what’s actually worse than this is that, for some reason, you choose to write a post about an eighty year old war veteran with (what is probably terminal) brain cancer, and all you care about is whether John McCain dying will advance your own nitwit causes.

    You’ve finally jumped the shark, Robert Pogson. You are a filthy immoral disgrace to humankind.

    I believe I’ll take my customary August holiday early this year. Perhaps I’ll visit again, once you get back to what you do least obnoxiously — which is to say, your hilarious attempts to defend Desktop Linux.

    But at the moment I think I’d rather converse with a dung-beetle than spend any time listening to your whiny me-me-me verminous unjustifiable puffery.

  24. Grece says:

    McCain is a good example of why term-limits should be in-place.

    For example, House members would be allowed to serve three two-year terms and Senators would be able to serve two six-year terms, under a bill proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)

    This is a good bill as George Washington. First in the hearts of his countrymen. Set a lot of precedents for presidential behavior and tradition. He felt that serving more than two four-year terms would liken him to a monarch. Having established a new republic, Washington detested any resemblance between his government and the one he fought so hard to break away from. He was not royalty or nobility, he was a servant of the people—a fact that he was more acutely aware of than most Americans at the time.

    After Washington refused to seek a third term, every president after him followed that tradition for nearly 150 years. After Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected a fourth time, Congress scrambled to amend the Constitution to preclude future presidents from serving more than two and a half terms.

    Thirty-five years as a politician is far too long.

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