McCain 2016 Campaign Slogan: “In some ways I am eager”


“I have decided to run for re-election. I’m ready. I am more than ready. In some ways, I am eager.”

Grandpa Walnuts will be 80 on election day, so for AZ, he’s a spring chicken.

(NBC News)

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Grandpa Walnuts?

Walnuts texts his old pal

Walnuts texts his old pal

Oh, dear. It seems that thin-skinned Republican senator John McCain (R-Green Room), who still thinks he won in 2008, doesn’t like having his judgement challenged for signing the seditious open letter to Iran, especially from the Krauts we defeated in World War Two?

Steinmeier’s criticism drew a rebuke from Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. The German envoy belongs to the “Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy,” the Washington Post cited McCain as saying. The reference is to the U.K. leader blamed for failing to challenge Nazi Germany in the 1930s and contributing to the launch of World War II.

We need a technical ruling: is this Godwin’s Law?

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

Old Man Yells At Cloud


“For months we’ve been bombing (Syrian border town) Kobane and we still haven’t driven ISIS out. Since the air campaign started… ISIS has increased their size and areas of control.

The reality is, we need more boots on the ground… we need intelligence, we need special forces, and we can’t treat Iraq and Syria as different battlegrounds because it’s the same enemy.”

Grandpa Walnuts, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman speaking to reporters in Jerusalem.

“A bomb is a terrible thing to waste,” Walnuts did not sniff. “Oh, the humanity!”

Here’s Your Cheese Sandwich With a Side of Stupid

Grandpa Walnuts, you know having Jennifer Ruben, who’s so consistently wrong, praise you for having been “right about a lot of things” is maybe something you don’t want to boast to us about?

It Must Come As A Shock…


…that Grandpa Walnuts, the man so crooked he would need a cork screw to put on his shoes in the morning, would lie about his position on anything:

McCain may have thought he left himself an out when he said his support was dependent on the details. But then he can’t object to the most important detail–the identity of the prisoners–that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

The WaPo FactChecker

In Which We Give Thanks For John McCain


“In many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than our troops,” Palin said in an interview on Thursday with FOX’s “Hannity” at the Republican Leadership Conference…“And that is what government-run health care will result in,” Palin said. “It’s inefficient, it takes away choices and isn’t it ironic that those who are willing to sacrifice all, to put their lives, to allow freedom of choices … they’re the ones getting screwed by the VA.”

Thanks Grandpa Walnuts for dropping this word-salad factory turdball on the American People.

The Evening Quote

Mad Dog is barking mad!

Grampa Walnuts spots an unguarded mic!

“You think I’m not going to be on [Putin’s list of banned US officials]? I would be honored to be on that list.”

Now, if only there was a way to have Walnuts banned from the Sunday Talkies.

And Grandpa Walnuts will be on Meet the Press to discuss


McCain Least Popular Senator in Country

I read recently that Walnuts prefers the green rooms where they serve cupcakes, and I’m not making that up. Anyway, on to the numbers:

-PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.

Given that he is perpetually either the most frequent guest or in the top two of all the Sunday Talkies, this leads one to conclude that the more we see of Walnuts, the less we like him. Of course, I also think some of this must be the fall-out (and I mean that as close to literally as I can) from elevating the Narcissus Borealis as his running mate in the 2008 Goat Rodeo.

(Public Policy Polling)

Both Sides Don’t

Regular readers know that our sometimes mantra, “Both Sides Don’t” is generally ignored; the pontificating poltroons in our courtesan press continue to belch up false equivalences to try to appear non-biased.

Our pal Driftglass has long said that the punditry lie of Both Sides Do It is the essential lie that lets all the other pundit lies exist, and we agree. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, any criticism of the Right immediately triggers a reflexive, “yes, but the Democrats…” and the topic shifts. The thing is that they are never equivalents and usually not even related. It’s like trying to pay your bar tab by handing over your dry-cleaning ticket. But I digress.

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones asks us, “Has the mainstream media finally had enough?,” and he postulates that maybe they have, reluctantly and bitterly started to reach the conclusion that the GOP is both rudderless and off the rails:

“It seems to me that something has happened over the past three months: the nonpartisan media has finally started to internalize the idea that the modern Republican Party has gone off the rails. Their leaders can’t control their backbenchers. They throw pointless temper tantrums about everything President Obama proposes. They have no serious ideas of their own aside from wanting to keep taxes low on the rich. They’re serially obsessed with a few hobby horses — Fast & Furious! Obamacare! Benghazi! — that no one else cares about. Their fundraising is controlled by scam artists. They’re rudderless and consumed with infighting. They’re demographically doomed.”

OK, that is sort of the conventional wisdom of Lefty Blogostan, what else have you got?

Recently, though, my sense is that this has shifted a bit. The framing of even straight new reports feels just a little bit jaded, as if veteran reporters just can’t bring themselves to pretend one more time that climate change is a hoax, Benghazi is a scandal, and federal spending is spiraling out of control. It’s getting harder and harder to pretend that the same old shrieking over the same old issues is really newsworthy.

Question: Am I just imagining this? Or has there really been a small but noticeable shift in the tone of recent reporting?

It’s a worthy question: are Drum’s Spidey-senses tingling?

My sense is that the MSM print media is just sort of sticking its metaphorical toe in the water of actually reporting, but I suspect that it won’t last. The electronic media (Dancing with the Gregory, This Week with a Greek Dwarf, etc.) have not even tried to break the surface of Villager foolishness.

I mean, just look at the top 3 Sunday Talkies line-up:

-NBC’s “Meet the Press”: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); husband to former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and retired Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly; roundtable with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

–ABC’s “This Week”: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, former Romney 2012 campaign senior strategist Stuart Stevens; “Sunday Spotlight” segment with author and Johns Hopkins Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Dr. Ben Carson (“America the Beautiful”)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark); Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl; defense and foreign policy roundtable with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Foreign Policy Magazine’s Tom Ricks and CBS News’ Margaret Brennan; political roundtable with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and CBS News’ John Dickerson

It’s not encouraging that so many pundits who have been proven demonstrably wrong continue to bloviate their conventional (incorrect) wisdom, week after week, month after month, year after year. There is no consequence for these people to be wrong on issue after issue. Next week, Walnuts will be on another Sunday Talkie.

In related news, a comet exploded over Russia indicating the end of the dinosaur era. Let’s hope Grandpa Walnuts gets the message.

(Mother Jones)