If It’s Sunday, It’s John McCain

By Steve Benen (Washington Monthly)

Bookers for the Sunday shows have shown admirable restraint of late. They continue to book Joe Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, and Newt Gingrich with painful frequency, but they’ve gone two whole months without inviting John McCain back on.

Don’t worry; the Sunday shows just can’t quit him that easily. “Meet the Press” made this announcement the other day:

This Sunday: Exclusive! Sen. John McCain

President Obama relieves Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command in Afghanistan after his comments about the president’s diplomatic team causes a firestorm in Washington and undermines the President’s strategy in Afghanistan. How will Obama’s decision impact the war going forward? Will McChrystal’s replacement, CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus, be able to successfully lead the effort in Afghanistan? Plus, the upcoming midterm elections and the future of the GOP. We’ll ask a man in the center of it all: fighting his own tight re-election battle to the Senate and serving as the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

I especially enjoyed the “Exclusive!” with the exclamation point, as if this were a rare, special occurrence. It’s not.

For those keeping score — and you know I am — this will be McCain’s 22nd appearance on a Sunday morning talk show since Obama’s inauguration. That’s an average of 1.3 appearances a month, every month, for over a year — more than any other public official in the country.

Since the president took office 17 months ago, McCain has been on ABC’s “This Week” three times (9.27.09, 8.23.09, and 5.10.09), CNN’s “State of the Union” four times (1.10.10, 10.11.09, 8.2.09, and 2.15.09), CBS’s “Face the Nation” five times (1.24.10, 10.25.09, 8.30.09, 4.26.09, and 2.8.09), and “Fox News Sunday” five times (4.18.10, 12.20.09, 7.2.09, 3.8.09, and 1.25.09). His appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” tomorrow will be his fifth since Obama’s inauguration (6.27.10, 2.28.10, 12.6.09, 7.12.09, and 3.29.09).

Obviously, there’s no reason for this. In the announcement, “Meet the Press” seemed to justify the invitation by saying it was a big week with regards to U.S. policy in Afghanistan — and it was. But John McCain has never demonstrated any meaningful understanding of the war policy. On the contrary, he’s been routinely confused. “How will Obama’s decision impact the war going forward?” It’s a good question, but McCain’s hardly the best person to answer it.

McCain lost a presidential election; he’s not in the GOP leadership; he’s not especially influential with anyone; he’s not playing an active role in shaping any legislation; and he doesn’t appear to have any expertise in any area of public policy. The Sunday shows seem to book him out of habit. It’s farcical.


Comments

  1. Michael Holliday says

    It’s quite obvious that John McCain is disconnected from reality while JD Hayworth is plugged in.

    JD will pull the plug on the already disconnected McCain, and toss his power cord off the Grand Canyon.

    Then he’ll adjust his cowboy hat, rattlesnake boots, and ride off on his horse into the beautiful Arizona sunset while a little kid yells…McCain, McCain, come back McCain!

    JD will look back, wink, and say, “Wrong movie, kid. You’re thinking of ‘Shane.’ This one’s called ‘Lone Wolf Hayworth Rides Again!'”

  2. CharlotteW says

    I keep hearing some say know your enemy. We know our enemy its name is John McCain. Just don’t watch. If he is on FOX News Sunday I turn that off. Please change channels, please turn off your radio or turn the knobs. It reduces their viewship and or their ratings.

  3. JD Fanatic says

    The last time I saw McCain on my TV, I put a brick through the screen. Problem solved.

  4. Charlotte,

    Turn him off when he’s on FOX or other network, that’s what I do. However, unless you are a Nielson family (we are) or use TiVo, there’s no way for them to know that you are watching or not. They extrapolate off a statistical sampling of those whose viewing habits are monitored. It isn’t an actual count of every viewer.

  5. “….serving as the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).”

    ‘nuf said.

  6. With this little adidtion…

    As opposed to the experience of serving on the “powerful Ways and Means Committee” of the House.

  7. McCain just brings Democratic Party talking points on, in the guise of “Republican.” That’s the only reason he’s booked. He keeps the approved narrative flow coming.

    The camera is so seductive. Check the ratings for these shows recently? Putting on the same old same old for years. It’s all chi-chi inside the Beltway to talk about at their cocktail parties, but it’s ignored across the country.

  8. Saddlemaker says

    Meet the Press invites guest speakers commensurate with their ability to draw audiences. It is a matter of dollars and cents to them. McCain draws viewers. Ann has stated McCain is the ranking member of the Armed Service’s committee, which you all should know. The author of this article had a slow news day and blames McCain for Obama. Remember, McCain was ahead in the polls when our economy took a dump at which time all Republicans were hurt.

  9. LOL! I love how the JD Hayworth campaign keeps quoting Democrats like Steve Benen and disregards the fact that Benen is attacking McCain from the left. It’s not like Benen likes JD either:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_03/022865.php

  10. Michael Holliday says

    Saddlemaker Says: Remember, McCain was ahead in the polls when our economy took a dump at which time all Republicans were hurt.
    _____

    Oh, how can we forget!

    And remember these words my little Saddlemaker: Likewise, McCain is ahead in the polls now, but will soon suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of JD Hayworth & his posse of fed up, true blue Americanos.

    Hayworth will put on his big old ten-gallon, Sonoran-style cowboy hat. Adjust the spurs on his rattlesnake cowboy boots. Take one last bite of Arizona-style Armadillo chili and cornbread. Then grab the giant housecleaning broom of truth, justice and the American way off the wall.

    He will then declare with a hearty shout, “Git out of my house, McCain! You’re takin’ up too much room fer anyone’s good! Out with ya’, ya’ little varmint!”

    And, with one fell swooping-sweep of the broom, McCain will be catapulted forward to last be seen somersaulting and capering down the road–like a Shakespearean Jester at the Renaissance Fair–replete with his checkered cap and jingle bells jingling!

    Some might say McCain will resemble a Roadrunner with it’s tail on fire, trucking down the highway in a bright flash of midday sun! Some will say he rather resembles a giant Saguaro Desert Tumbleweed, ramblin’ down the road as one pushed by furious Monsoon winds.

    Then we close the border.

    Then we head to Washington to sweep clean the outhouse, I mean the White House!

  11. All of Benen’s declarative sentences in this post have the as their imprimatur, “‘Cause I said so!”

    Not impressed.

    Especially since on every subject noted above, McCain’s knowledge and experience tower over Hayworth’s.

    Now, maybe next week they’ll be talking about government scams and those who promote them. Then I’m sure JD will get the call from Chris Wallace. I’ll look forward to that.

  12. Travis states:
    “On every subject noted above, McCain’s knowledge and experience tower over Hayworth’s”

    Especially if you’re in sync with a center-left agenda!

    And I hope Chris also takes time to call Charlie Keating and Scott Rothstein at their respective “joints” as to their motives in fostering McCain’s career!

    After all “Character” counts!

  13. Ann:

    Yes McCain has had a very strong hand in domestic and foreign policies.

    And that’s why he’s on his way out!

    Overseas misadventures coupled with financial bankruptcies and crony bailouts are no longer chic!

    And btw, if as you stated, that you’re a social conservative and also worried about public ethics, how does that jibe with your connecting with Rudy Giuliani two years ago!

  14. Michael Holliday says

    Travis Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    All of Benen’s declarative sentences in this post have the as their imprimatur, “‘Cause I said so!”

    Not impressed.

    Especially since on every subject noted above, McCain’s knowledge and experience tower over Hayworth’s.
    _____

    While you’re waxing religious:

    In the eternal scheme of things, fidelity often wins out over pure knowledge and intellect. Take, for example, St. Michael the Archangel. Though not as smart as Lucifer, the Son of the Dawn, the good angel’s courage and fidelity to God supersede the raw intelligence of the dark one, securing him honors for all eternity.

    The dynamic of love over the quantum of intellect! The classic dichotomy!

    How’s God’s seal of approval for an Imprimatur?

    Likewise, JD’s dynamic fidelity to truth, justice and the American way will win out over John McCain’s quantum spending dollars used to bamboozle the voters with negative campaign ads and simple sloganeering!

    Chris Wallace wouldn’t know a scam from a hole in the ground. That guy’s a stereotypical, liberal media stumble bum.

    I hope JD Hayworth sequesters himself from the lunatic left-wing press and keeps them guessing. Don’t dignify them with an acknowledgment of their existence.

    They’re abhorrent creatures!

    See how they all attacked General McChrystal
    like rabid rats!

    To heck with all of them!

  15. Carlist,

    Once again I must remind you that had you been on this site for more than the last 20 minutes, you would know I was an adamant Fred Thompson supporter.

    That you feel the need to continually discredit my position with your juvenile name-calling and misrepresentation is very telling. Desperately you post your wild assertions, my guess is you are posting under 2-3 names creating your own echo chamber then believing you are really one voice in a large crowd.

    I believe there are meds for your condition.

  16. Steve Calabrese says

    What’s with the rush to defend General McChrystal?

    This is a guy who admitted he voted for Obama!

  17. To paraphrase Poet Holliday:
    “JD’s dynamic fidelity to truth, justice and the American way will win out over John McCain’s quantum spending dollars used to bamboozle the voters with negative campaign ads and simple sloganeering!”

    I must wonder why J.D. didn’t resort to “the dynamic Fidelity” when the Mesa schoolmaster without quantum spending dollars and sloganeering took his cushioned seat cushion away from him.
    Any good excuses here? Anyone?

  18. Team Desperation only wishes the Huckster would get airtime in the national media (for something other than his gaffes). They are already making excuses on why Hayworth is going to lose. Wouldn’t want to be on that team…

  19. Ann:

    I know of one med for your condition: Truth Serum!

    But then again, you’ve got compatriots like Grant Woods.

    Tony: See ya on August 24th

  20. Can anyone tell me, is TonyGoPrano Jeff Vath?

  21. You know when the Sunday afternoon winds down there is no more fun than coming to this blog for a good laugh. My wife even asked me, “What’s so funny?” Just this blog!!!!!

  22. Travis Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    McCain’s knowledge and experience tower over Hayworth’s
    ………..

    McCain: The Towering Inferno.

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