Here's a pop quiz. Who's been the #1 guest on the Sunday Talk Shows since 2009?
When it comes to appearing on these programs, Mr. McCain might as well have his own segment: Since the beginning of 2009, he has appeared 97 times, more often than any other current or former politician, according to The Upshot’sanalysis of data collected on the shows by American University researchers.
It's bad enough that Senator McCain is the first call the beltway media elites make whenever there's a story about war, terrorism and the middle east primarily because he's always wrong on every issue that he's asked to discuss, but now it appears he's getting the Senate Armed Services Committee gavel and you know what that means.
Welcome to the McCain's Thunderdome.
Of all the areas where Barack Obama and John McCain clashed during the 2008 presidential campaign, none was more combustible than defense, with their starkly different views on the deployment of American men and women to wage war overseas.
Now, Senator McCain is expected to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, with its congressional purview over all things national security, including the Pentagon budget and President Obama’s prosecution of the war on the Islamic State.
But in just the last five months, Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, has called for the president’s entire national security team to resign, accusing it of failing to keep Iraq secure. He has insisted that American ground troops must be sent into Syria and Iraq to fight the Islamic State, calling Mr. Obama’s air-strikes-only strategy “a disaster.” And he has accused the White House of churning out “spins and lies” in defense of its military campaign plan for Iraq and Syria.
Now, with the gavel of the powerful Armed Services Committee almost certain to come into his hand, Mr. McCain will have a bully pulpit, accompanied by a megaphone.
He will be able to schedule hearings in which the American generals conducting Mr. Obama’s military campaign in Iraq and Syria may be exhorted to say whether they really do think the Islamic State can be defeated without the use of American combat troops, as the White House still maintains. (Many do not.)
Mr. McCain will also be better able to use nominations, administration legislative proposals and programs as leverage to prod Mr. Obama toward his own views.
I'm hoping that since it's McCain with the gavel, Obama will keep on his toes and fight back harder against the blood lust that flows through most of the GOP's veins.
But you can be sure of one thing. CNN, NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS will suck up to him ad nauseam and ad infinitum.