Vox reminds us of John McCain’s real everlasting legacy, and yes it involves Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

By |2018-08-27T05:15:32-08:00August 26th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |34 Comments

(This article is much like the post I wrote after learning that McCain had stopped treating his brain cancer. You can read that here.)

Courtesy of Vox:

The party of Donald Trump began almost 10 years ago to the day when John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to join his ticket.

It’s one of the most important moments of McCain’s career. He proved willing to empower a demagogue when he thought doing so would improve his political fortunes, exactly the sin so many of his colleagues in the Republican Party have committed since Trump won their party’s nomination.

“She’s not from these parts and she’s not from Washington, but when you get to know her, you’re going to be as impressed as I am,” McCain said when he announced his decision. “She’s got the grit, integrity, the good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today.”

Palin’s big moment in front of a national audience was the first live vice presidential debate with Joe Biden. Her big opener was to ask the crowd: “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?” Her answer: “Lipstick.”

Things went downhill from there. She dodged questions, offering no real or substantive answers. And still, the event drew 70 million viewers — the largest audience for a vice presidential debate in history. She dazzled conservatives.

Palin’s run solidified the Republican Party’s comfort with a candidate who would say absurdities. When Katie Couric wanted to know what newspapers she read, Palin answered, “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.”

Even though McCain and Palin were bested by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Palin inspired a slew of copycats, unleashing a political style and a values system that animated the Tea Party movement and laid the groundwork for a Trump presidency.

The unfortunate, yet unavoidable truth is that people will soon forget the McCain Feingold bill which sought to regulate campaign financing.

They will also forget his heroic vote against the repeal of Obamacare.

But what will live on for decades in the public memory, and for much longer in the history books, is that he helped to usher in the Trump presidency. 

It may not be entirely fair, I am sure his family would argue that it is not, but without McCain, there would have been no Sarah Palin, and without Sarah Palin, there would have been no Donald Trump. 

That is simply inarguable at this point. 

So yes let us celebrate the many accomplishments of this man’s career, but also let us not ignore the legacy that he stuck us with due to his overwhelming desire to be the President of the United States.

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  1. A August 26, 2018 at 11:28 am

    “If the US Government had abided by international law, the dreadful experience of the Vietnam War would not have occurred.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_the_Vietnam_War

    McCain is called a hero for carpet-bombing Vietnamese farms and families.
    If you want to hear Henry Kissinger croak out that he and Dick Nixon carpet-bombed Vietnamese population centers on Christmas – after years of bombing civilians in Laos and Cambodia in similar fashion, a policy of “anything that flies on anything that moves” – for the sake of peace, in order to rescue POWs like McCain.

  2. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Every article that I have read so far mentions the mistake that was $arah Palin.
    Suck it up, cupcake (your speak), you may be able to seal your personal records but you cannot erase history.
    You can’t blame it on anyone else, as you’re trying to. You are simply inept.

  3. Anon August 26, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I remember when he introduced her. He was standing behind her staring at her ass.

    I could not guess what he was thinking. He was either thinking he wanted to do her doggie style or was searching for the source of the foul odor.

  4. barbara carlson August 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

    There are defining moments in a person’s life. Sorry, McCain, you failed when it came your way.
    And you knew it. A terrible, short-sighted decision you had to live with.

    • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      McCain only error was not telling the Evangelical Right to fuck themselves when they forced her on him and he capitulated.

  5. anon August 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    4 eVeR

  6. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Well, well, well, I guess the donald was correct that chain immigration allows criminals to become citizens and guess who the criminal is: his father in law !!!
    Melania’s Dad, a New American Citizen with a Record in Yugoslavia’s Secret Police Files
    …..“the person is registered in the criminal record” and cited articles 226 and 235 of the Yugoslav penal code. …

    According to a copy of the 1970 code, which was current at the time, article 226 involved the acquisition, sale or production of goods without the explicit permission of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Penalties ranged up to eight years in prison for someone organizing such commerce.

    Article 235 involved tax evasion, with a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail depending on the amounts of money involved……

    ….David Leopold, an immigration attorney who formerly headed the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told The Daily Beast that a tax fraud conviction—if one exists against Knavs—could have kept Knavs from getting a green card, and could now potentially be grounds for revoking his citizenship.

    In Slovenia, Knavs’ lawyers have said that despite the secret police record he was never convicted, charged, or even investigated for tax evasion, but they reportedly acknowledge he was investigated for smuggling.


  7. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I wish the article hadn’t made the inaccurate statement about Palin’s “lipstick” comment. It was at the RNC, not at the first debate.

    • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Pet peeve! How freaking hard is it for people to fact check?? It’s at your fingertips, are you that lazy??
      Apostrophe abuse a close second.

      • Struck N. White August 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm

        Calm down everybody. It’s been corrected.

        • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm

          No need to calm down, I wasn’t irate, but as a journalist they should know better.

    • Anon August 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      They corrected that since first published.

  8. AJ August 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    If McCain would have been allowed to pick someone better than Palin, there would have been a slight chance that Obama might have not won a second term. Just something to be thankful for with all the crap we have to deal with now. Best 8 years ever!

    • HRH August 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Lucky for John McCain he wasn’t elected. Woulda been dead within the year. Water in the gas tank…..or some such.

  9. That’s Our Sarah August 26, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Picking Palin was the most reckless, self-indulgent act any nominee for President has ever committed. He had no idea of who she was or what she believed or knew. He actually thought that Hillary supporters would vote for that moronic, vicious bitch because she was a woman.(Allegedly) I’ll never forgive him.

    PS I LOVE that dumbass Todd telling the Daily Mail that Stupid Sarah’s debate prep got nowhere. No shit Sherlock. She’s too freaking stupid to retain information.

    • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      GASP. So what you’re saying, Tawd, is that “Game Change” was right as depicted, when Team Sarah declared it lies before even viewing it?
      Thanks for the verification!

    • Anon August 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Wasn’t that unbelievable Todd said that? They are delusional the problem was the other people.
      Gosh darn, golly gee the prep was not awesome like hanging out with the McCains.

      The Daily Mail article full read is recommended.

  10. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    McCain didn’t know who Sarah was but he knew who Bristol was?

    He knew to have his staff move in on the Johnston’s and take a computer. WTF? You think he thought he could learn all about Bristol’s politics?

  11. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Saw the NBC report where they had a tape of him saying that he grew up learning the lesson not to “sacrifice principle for personal ambition.”
    I almost choked. They also keep saying that he “admitted mistakes” which is also ridiculous.
    I have NEVER heard him apologize to the American people for plucking a know-nothing idiot from the wilds of Alaska for his own personal political calculation.
    Now it is too late and I will NEVER forget him, not for the other things they want us to remember him by, but for doing THAT to the American people.
    We KNOW the current situation comes in a direct line from that.

    • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      As IMers have said in previous threads, he’s being lionized when it IS all directly related to the now we’re living.
      To me, it’s no different than Hollywood awards shows slapping each other on the back. Just in a different realm.
      We, the citizenry, can say, “but remember this? Remember that?”
      They don’t care when we are the ones who pay for them and their “we know better” decisions that affect our lives.
      Wait until Mitch McConnell dies, and please may it be sooner than later.

  12. Gammyjill August 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Ive wondered if the McCain campaign boss, Steve Schmidt, will spill the truth about Palin and her “son”, Trig?

    • Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Highly doubtful because he was complicit the whole shebang, Gammyjill, as was Nicholle Wallace. They knew all about her yet pushed the lie forward, and why I pay no attention to their “expertise” talk shows these days.

  13. anon August 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm


    ““Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement,”
    ““Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.”

    The original plan was to release a statement that was drafted before McCain passed. Sanders and other edited the final version so that it would be ready.”

    • Anon August 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      I believe it about Trump.

  14. JW August 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    FB>”Be ironic though if Trump finally got his military parade past the White House…
    …only it was John McCain’s funeral procession, honoring his service to America.”
    Jim Wright

  15. anon August 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm


    “John McCain was everything that Donald Trump will never be, and that is why the jealous president is trying so hard to take attention away from McCain’s passing.”

  16. Anonymous August 26, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    The thumbnail pic always cracks me up. The big “grizzly mama” is going Mike Tyson? SO reminds me of Tina Fey’s Emmy-winning send up.
    Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew!

  17. Back Ardi August 26, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Many are saying that In the funeral pamphlet there should be a picture of Palin’s head with a big “X” through it. Right on the cover.

    She is an IGNORANT CUNT. and she doesn’t know.what it means to be IGNORANT. That’s how IGNORANT she is.

  18. Amy in Juneau August 27, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Why is anyone surprised that McCain picked Palin? He was always an opportunist. Doesn’t anyone remember how he treated his first wife Carol? He isn’t an almighty American hero in my eyes.

  19. anon August 27, 2018 at 7:51 am


    ““He was here a lot, some days he was in here multiple times a day,” said Stephanie Connon, a manager of the Capitol Hill bar Bullfeathers.

    Hunter’s problems began around Christmas of 2009, when he wrote on his website about a need for “greater financial freedom” and complained about the national debt. “Most often, I hear concerns from working Americans about the future of their children and grandchildren, and the debt burden they will unfairly inherit,” he wrote at the time. He also wrote, “The federal government is like a family that has overspent and racked up too many bills.””

  20. BADjuice August 27, 2018 at 8:14 am


    “Sacha Baron Cohen Tries to Make O.J. Simpson Confess in ‘Who Is America?’ Finale
    And yet the long-awaited Sarah Palin appearance failed to materialize.”

    ~IT~ seemed inevitable that Baron Cohen would save Palin’s sit-down interview with Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, PhD for the seventh and final episode this Sunday. But it was nowhere to be found, perhaps for legal reasons or simply because the comedian just didn’t think ~IT~ was gOOd enough.”
    ” Baron Cohen did his best to get Simpson, who may or may not have realized he was being filmed based on the camera placement, to tell him what really happened to his wife that night in 1994.

    “Well, first of all, she wasn’t my wife,” Simpson said, seemingly focused on the wrong part of the question. “We had been divorced and separated.” Asked how he “got away with it,” Simpson insisted, “Hey, hey, I didn’t get away with nothing.”

    “Me and you, we’ve got something in common,” Baron Cohen told Simpson. “We’re both, how you say, ladykillers.”

    “No, I didn’t kill nobody,” Simpsons replied, laughing hysterically.

    As much as many viewers would have loved to see what Baron Cohen got Sarah Palin to say on camera, it was hard to imagine a more fitting capper to an insane season of television that came out of nowhere this summer.” “in the end, Palin got credit for her “inadvertent” work as a “Special Publicity Consultant.”

  21. Old Redneck August 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Do I recall correctly that Bristol made the following statement when asked about her interaction with the McCain family during the campaign: “I’d never seen people with so much Louis Vuitton luggage, so many cell phones, and so many constant helpers to do hair and makeup.”

    And that, folks, describes the values of the Palin clan — luggage, cell phones, and someone to do your hair and makeup. Nothing about decency, caring for the least among us, and any of that other liberal stuff.

    • anonymous August 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Versions differ about the McCain luggage!

      “Meghan McCain doesn’t appear to be a fan of some comments Bristol Palin made in her recent memoir “Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far.”

      In the book, Sarah Palin’s daughter tells stories from the 2008 campaign trail and writes about her experiences with John McCain’s daughter Meghan and wife Cindy. Per ABC News, Bristol said of the McCain women, “I’d never seen people with so much Louis Vuitton luggage, so many cell phones, and so many constant helpers to do hair and makeup.”

      Meghan shot back at Bristol’s claims in a new interview with Playboy. “I did bump into her [Bristol] at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, actually,” said McCain. She continued:

      “I saw her across the room. That girl biffed it fast, totally took off. All that stuff she wrote was a total lie. I have, like, one Louis Vuitton purse. She’s just young and confused and was thrust into all this. The media aren’t kind to her. But once someone signs up for Dancing With the Stars, it’s hard to sympathize.”


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