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McCain Says He Regrets Picking Sarah Palin As Running Mate, Doesn’t Want Trump At Funeral

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Sen. John McCain, who is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, now says he wishes he hadn’t chosen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Instead, he says he should have chosen Joe Lieberman.

McCain is also saying he does not want President Trump at his funeral. And while he does not want Trump there, he does want Vice President Mike Pence. In addition, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, sources close to both former presidents and McCain told CNN.

McCain writes in his new book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations,” that he really wanted to pick Joseph Lieberman, a Democrat turned Independent and former senator from Connecticut. The two had worked together on many bipartisan bills and have been longtime friends.

In his book, McCain doesn’t pull any punches about Trump. “He seems uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their regimes,” he writes of the President, according to the Times, which obtained a copy of the book. “The appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity.”

McCain is now 81 and in the final stages of terminal brain cancer. As a Republican, he was dubbed a “maverick” by the media for his penchant to buck the party line. He was never a real conservative and he forgets that Palin was the one who even got him close to winning the presidency against Barack Obama. He said his advisers told him not to select Lieberman. They feared his support for abortion would put off staunch Republicans. It would have. Palin energized the Tea Party who would have never gone for McCain otherwise. “It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” he writes. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”

His longtime friend Lieberman told the New York Times that he never knew McCain felt that way. I’m sure Palin didn’t either. “It touched me greatly,” he said. After McCain picked Palin in 2008, the economy tanked and the GOP pair went on to get defeated by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Trump and McCain began feuding early in the 2016 presidential race. McCain took issue with Trump’s criticisms of Mexican immigrants. About three weeks later, Trump called McCain “incompetent” and discounted his experience as a war prisoner in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump told an Iowa crowd. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Bitter to the very end, McCain is now lashing out at those he doesn’t like politically. He loathes President Trump so much that he plans to diss him from beyond the grave.

McCain, a bonafide war hero who was held as a prisoner of war by the Vietnamese for five horrific years, is reportedly planning his own funeral. He has been at his home in Arizona for several months as he undergoes treatment for his cancer and recently had surgery to deal with an infection. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here,” he said in an audio excerpt of his forthcoming memoir, The Restless Wave, as NPR reports. The senator is also the subject of a nearly two-hour HBO documentary.

He writes, “I’d like to go back to our valley and see the creek run after the rain, and hear the cottonwoods whisper in the wind. I want to smell the rose-scented breeze and feel the sun on my shoulders,” McCain said. “I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson in the cemetery on the Severn back where it began.”

A stream of supporters and politicians have been visiting McCain at his Arizona ranch and at a nearby hospital in recent weeks, according to published reports. Former Vice President Joe Biden has been spending hours at the McCain residence in Arizona, which apparently included a bit of veiled Trump bashing. “Here John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country,” Biden told The Times. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”

As McCain passes, he should be afforded respect. But to preemptively exclude a sitting President from your funeral strikes me as petty. Instead, I would think that McCain would make his peace with God and put politics aside. You can’t take it with you after all.

SOURCES: The Daily Wire, TheBlaze, Conservative Tribune, Fox News, PJ Media, The Daily Caller, Tucson.com, NBC News, The Huffington Post, The South China Morning Post, Newsweek, The New York Post

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  1. Scott

    May 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    He would have won if Palin was running for president and he was VP

  2. John

    May 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    The sooner this RINO POS is gone the better.

    This is a repost of another persons comment. It is accurate and worth reading.

    The real John McCain.

    From a US Navy Aviator who served with McCain: TRUE!! AND. . he LIED about it!! RESPECTFULLY, you NEED to have this conversation with some Naval Aviators and officers of that era!!! *I* am ONE of those and KNOW the “true story” of Admiral McCain’s little thug son, John!

    McCain was a traitor and collaborator, while being held captive. He was given preferential treatment, due to the fact that his captors felt he was ‘royalty’, due to his family ‘connections’. They didn’t understand why someone SO ‘connected’ was putting himself in ‘harm’s way’. Different culture than ours.

    His “shoot down” was self-induced, as he DISOBEYED ORDERS and flew well below the ‘floor’, getting himself shot down. There were several other jets on that particular mission and HE was the only one shot down, because the others obeyed their orders!

    His ENTIRE life has been one of disrespect of orders and authority, believing himself bullet-proof, due to his ‘family name’ and his dad and grand dad being HIGH ranking Navy Admirals!

    His ‘nickname’ in his HS yearbook was “Punk” and he displayed that behavior as he went on to the USNA, where he robbed someone, more deserving, of a slot in his class, due to the ‘influence’ of his father.

    He SHOULD have been expelled, several times, but the folks at USNA did not want to go up against dad. He graduated FIFTH FROM THE BOTTOM in his class . . but STILL ended up going to Pensacola for flight [email protected]! His classmates who actually ‘made the grade’ were aghast when he showed up down there.

    His flight grades were well below acceptable and he should have been run out of there too . . he was an ABYSMAL aviator . . crashing on base leg at Corpus for carrier qualification training. . he had been out drinking the night before and FELL ASLEEP after turning base leg and ‘configuring’ for landing . . he crashed ‘wings level’ and straight ahead into Corpus Bay . . too bad for us he wasn’t over land . . story would have ended there.

    He destroyed two other A/C after arriving in the Fleet . . before being shot down.

    His nickname in Hanoi was “Songbird”. . due to the information he willingly gave his captors. . tactical stuff. .like ‘routes, altitudes’, etc., that our guys used to fly from the boat to their targets and he got several of my fellow aviators shot down and killed. He recorded 32+ propaganda bits (a la Tokyo Rose) to be played for our enlisted troops . . to undermine their moral.

    The bogus ‘story’ about not coming home early, when he could have, is just common sense. He KNEW he would have been ‘court martialed’ IF he had accepted any kind of early release, based upon his ‘family connections’.

    After his release, his Navy ‘flying career’ SHOULD have been over, based upon his permanent injuries, but, his dad intimidated a flight surgeon and he wrongly got back his flight medical status, when ANYONE else would NOT have ‘passed’ with his ‘condition’. He was ‘awarded’ the position of XO at the Navy’s largest training squadron, VA-174 at NAS Cecil and when the CO moved on, he was ‘selected’, over MANY more qualified officers, to become CO. .he used his position as XO and CO to take young (junior) female pilots on X-Country flights and screwed their brains out.

    I was in the Reserves, flying around the country at that time and it WAS the talk of the flight line !! EVERYONE knew what he was doing . . THAT is ILLEGAL in the military and he SHOULD have been convicted at Court Martial for ‘fraternization’ . .INSTEAD . .daddy got him moved out of the squadron and put in charge of the Navy’s “Liaison” in DC . . along with a VERY early promotion to Captain . . the rest, as they say, is history.

    John McCain IS a scum bag . . a DISGRACE to the uniform we wore and his spots did not change when he became a politician!

    Do a GOOGLE . . there is a LOT more stuff out there. .BUT, this snippet, below, is REALLY DAMNING . . there are some ‘heavy hitter’, respected politicians and leaders on there, calling McCain the treasonous SCUM he IS!!

  3. Arlen Williams

    May 7, 2018 at 2:52 am

    McCain is pitching the Euro-American Oligarchy to the last, lamenting what Pres. Trump is doing to the “American-led international order” (sic).

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