McCain complains that Gingrich has done “something that we don’t do in politics”

Which arguably, is tell the damned truth:

SidJohn McCain slammed Newt Gingrich Thursday for calling Mitt Romney “a liar,” accusing him of crossing the line of “something that we don’t do in politics.”

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to call your opponent a liar. That’s just something we don’t do in politics unless you certainly have some overwhelming proof,” said McCain on CBS’s “The Early Show.” The Arizona senator endorsed Romney on Wednesday in New Hampshire.

In an interview earlier this week, Gingrich called Romney a liar about his own record and beliefs.“He’s not telling the American people the truth,” Gingrich said. “It’s just like his pretense that he’s a conservative,” he said. “I just think he ought to be honest to the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points. I think he ought to be candid. I don’t think he’s being candid.”

You might recall that Mr. McCain used the tyranny of nice to repudiate those who were using President Obama’s entire name during the 2008 campaign.

How’d that work out for you John Sidney McCain?

About as effectively I imagine as this is going to work.

We appreciate your service Senator McCain… but that’s frankly about it.


Posted by on January 5, 2012.
Filed under 2012 Presidential Race, John McCain, Newt Gingrich.
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  • Hank_M

    Doesn’t matter what McCain says any more. Same with his vapid daughter Megan.

  • Brucehenry

    Seriously, is Jay Tea coming back, or what?

    • Rick Rice

      I am most concerned for Jay… his absence seems highly unusual… and yes, I definitely think Wizbang needs him back and pronto…

      • Commander_Chico

        I think he’s exhausting himself working for Romney for the NH primary. 

        But he’s a crypto-Romnite, so he can’t come out of the closet here.

        I could be wrong, he might be frozen holding a Gingrich sign, too.

        • McGehee

          You can really be an ass sometimes. The rest of the time you’re what an ass leaves on the trail.

        • Brucehenry

          When it says “edited by author” does that mean edited by Rick or edited by Chico?

          • Rick Rice

            Had to have been Chico… I didn’t touch it…

          • Commander_Chico

            Lighten up, it’s the holidays.  Jay Tea is probably taking time off, or wrapped up in the NH primary.

          • McGehee

            You just don’t seem to grasp the depth of calumny when you accuse someone of supporting Mitt Romney.

          • Commander_Chico

            But you will vote for him.

            (hat tip to retired.military)

          • McGehee

            “Author” means the author of what was edited. The only other possibility would be identified as “an administrator.”

          • Brucehenry

            I ask because I edit my comments here all the time. You know, look at it and change tenses or spelling or typos or whatever, and I’ve never noticed that little notation before. But thanks.

          • McGehee

            It seems the format of the comment threads has been tweaked recently. I’ll try editing my comment above and see if Disqus adds a note to it.

      • Gmacr1

        Betting pool?

        Winner gets to read the blog for a year free?

        I’ll take has a new GF, which while highly unlikely would explain why he has not been seen since last year.

      • Brian_R_Allen

        I am most concerned for Jay… his absence seems highly unusual… and yes, I definitely think Wizbang needs him back and pronto.

    • Brian_R_Allen

      Seriously, is Jay Tea coming back, or what …?

      Surely pray and trust so.

      This is becoming way past boring. 

      • Commander_Chico

        If he’s not back a week after the NH primary, then I’ll be worried.

  • Par4Course

    It’s hard to know who to side with.  McCain ran a lousy 2008 campaign before making a right turn in order to win a contested primary in 2010.  Nevertheless, he got millions of votes for President, so his endorsement is worth something.  On the other hand, he is the author of McCain-Feingold, the demise of which the Senator says has corrupted politics (like that’s possible).  I’d like to ask Romney, Gingrich, Santorum et al. about their views on McCain-Feingold and similar abridgments of free speech. 

    • herddog505

      He’s a vain, bitter SOB with an enormous sense of entitlement and a poster child for several of the things that are wrong with out politics and politicians:

      1.  They get into office and STAY there forever;

      2.  They live in the DC bubble and lose sight of what their consituents want vs. what the DC chattering class wants;

      3.  He won the nomination due to massive help from MiniTru who ASSURED us that he was a “moderate” and the ONLY guy who could bring victory to the GOP;

      4.  He got millions of votes simply because he didn’t have a (d) behind his name and was seen as slightly less repugnant than voting for Barry or staying home.

    • Spartacus

      I voted for McCain in that Presidential election, still have my finger prints embedded on my nose from holding it so tightly to prove it. I think it’s safe to say the only reason he collected those millions of votes was the alternative, thus his endorsement means absolutely nothing.

    • Brian_R_Allen

      McCain got millions of votes for president, so his endorsement is worth something … 

      Sure it is.

      Every American loves a loser. 

  • Gmacr1

    McCain is a RINO, his endorcement of Mittens is the kiss of death for a lot of independent voters.

  • 914

    “McCain complains”

    And then tees off with Barry and Robme!!

    Dim wit!!!

  • 914

    Oh, wait? I’m supposed to fall in line and follow a Rino right? Well Rino’s are a protected species and I can appreciate them better from afar..

  • PBunyan

    McCain: “That’s just something we don’t do in politics unless you certainly have some overwhelming proof”

    Do you mean like actual video of Romey actually saying what Gingrich is saying Romney said, even though Romney denies saying what there is actual video record of him saying, John?  Would that constitute “overwhelming proof” to you, John?  ‘Cause the videos exist and they are overwhelming proof.

    • 914

      Open season on rinos!  …And clay pigeons!!

  • RFA

    This is sickening.
    McCain complains.
    And not much else!
    My nose still hurts from the hold it took to vote for him in the last election.

    • Brian_R_Allen

      My nose still hurts from the hold it took to vote for him in the last election ….

      Not mine. 

      I drew the line. 

      • sablegsd

        I’m drawing the line this time.  I will not hold back vomit to vote for romneycare, who can’t beat president downgrade.  It almost seems as if the establishment R words want president downgrade to win again.

  • 914

    “something that we don’t do in politics”

    What? Win as a Rino in conservative clothing?!!?

  • 914

    When Rome burns where will all the rinos graze? Long time passing..

  • retired.military

    With any luck this will be the last election we ever hear of Romney, McCain or Obama.  But then I just repeated myself twice there with those 3 names.

    • Commander_Chico

      But you will vote for Romney.

      • Jay

        Here’s what’s interesting… How much will Romney screw up the economy by getting us into yet another war?

  • Olsoljer

    McCain is correct.  Telling the truth is something you don’t do in politics.  And who is more aware of that than him?  Such a small word……truth.

  • davidt

    “I don’t think it’s appropriate to call your opponent a liar. That’s
    just something we don’t do in politics…”

    Honor amongst thieves.