Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Washington Examiner's notion of who should be described as the “Conscience of the Senate."
From Dennis at Balloon Juice:
Even though he was against torture, he still reversed himself and supported it when Bush was President. Despite stated misgivings, he was still solid for Bush’s Iraq war . Hell, for more than a decade, John McCain has never heard of a conflict anywhere in the world that he doesn’t want to turn into a full blown shooting war (I thinks he’s wanted to send US troops to fight in a dozen conflicts so far this year).
McCain is also firmly pro-corruption. Remember when he stopped investigating the Abramoff scandal in exchange for Grover Norquist’s support for his failed 2008 WH run? Oh, and then there was the Keating Five and the long, long list of many other scandals that will always follow him around.
Calling John McCain the “Conscience of the Senate” is risible.
I would have gone with “Angry Old Man of the Senate” or ‘Raging Irrational ID of the Senate” or “Endless War Cheerleader of the Senate” or “Bitter Defeated-by-a black-man Crank of the Senate” or “Aging Asshole of the Senate” or something else.
There were lots of choices the little-read conservative rag could have used, but connecting McCain to “conscience” is just funny. Especially if you know anything about the auto-partisan, pro-corruption, war-infatuated very, very senior Senator from Arizona.
I'm sure our readers here can come up with a few more as well.
I included a bit of him ranting this Wednesday above, where he was attacking President Obama for causing the crisis on the southern border with the influx of refugees/immigrants from Central America and insisting that any of those mothers and their children who think they qualify for refugee status can just drop by one of the nonexistent consulates or embassies located along to border if they feel they have been persecuted.