Simon & Schuster announced Monday that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was set to release a new book of memoirs where the crusty Republican promises to let America know his unvarnished and uncensored opinions of his long career in politics…including his controversial, ongoing feud with President Donald Trump.
McCain has never apparently identified with the “NeverTrump” wing of the Republican Party, but he has taken nearly every opportunity he could find over the last three years to denounce the GOP candidate-turned-president. As recently as last week, he was hammering Trump for his congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin, showing that not even his deteriorating health will prevent him from going to war with the leader of his own party.
McCain has also joined Democrats in questioning the appointment of Gina Haspel to run the CIA, although this likely has less to do with Trump and more to do with McCain’s convictions against the use of torture.
“Candid, pragmatic and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir,” say his publishers in a new press release.
In the book, titled “The Restless Wave,” McCain will “share his experiences during the divisive 2016 election and his no-holds-barred opinions on the current developments coming out of Washington.”
We suppose at this point that McCain has earned the right to have his say on whatever he likes, but his constant refrain against the president and those who voted for him has long grown tired. We’re sure this book will get McCain plenty of plaudits from the left – that seems to be his primary source of praise these days – but we don’t see it being a big seller in conservative America. That’s a shame, in one sense. In another, he’s only brought it on himself.
Of course, as far as we’re concerned, McCain’s rhetoric against Trump is only a very mild part of the problem. Our biggest issue with the good senator from Arizona has nothing to do with what he says and everything to do with how he votes. Specifically, his shocking and unforgiveable vote to sink the Republican Party’s best (and, it seems, only) chance to repeal Obamacare. This, after running for re-election using campaign ads that positioned him as “leading the fight to repeal” Obama’s signature healthcare law. This, after voting multiple times for repeal…at times that it didn’t matter. But then when the rubber met the road, he balked.
Was it revenge against Trump? Was it simply that he disliked the “skinny repeal” bill? We don’t know and we don’t care. There is no reason good enough. It was a shameful vote that will forever color his political legacy.
We’re praying that McCain can catch a miracle when it comes to his brain tumor. But as far as his Senate career is concerned, his time has already passed.