John McCain, personally, is responsible for the single worst Republican general election presidential campaign sinc 1964. Worse than the fair-to-middling Dole effort, and even worse than the execrable Bush 1992 campaign. I could, and probably will, write far more in coming days to flesh this out. I started writing this as a column two days ago, before the results were in, but various reasons precluded me from getting the column done in advance, for tomorrow, which would have been the only fair way to write it without being unduly affected by the results themselves. I do note, however, that I have written before that this was the worst campaign I have seen on the GOP side, so this isn’t just 20-20 hindsight. I will go farther: I think McCain acted dishonorably for the entire past year, in case after case. I have noted some of these instances in past columns and blog posts. The worst of all was his scapegoating of Chris Cox at the SEC, while offering reasons that were just flat-out factually inaccurate. But there were lots of other examples of dishonrably behavior. Yes, I said disHONORable. I reject the notion that McCain’s vaunted “honor” is unimpeachable — although I do think his personal probity in terms of not being “buyable” is unimpeachable, as I wrote in a column the other day.
Again, there will be plenty of time to flesh all this out, and also to flesh out the conclusion that McCain has serious problems of temperament. For now, though, I can say this: If it weren’t for the fact that the new president is an Alinskyite hard-left liar, I would say with great gusto to McCain this phrase: “Good riddance!”
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