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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 01:11 PM
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27. He didn't get anything he wanted.
I've always felt that the key to understanding John McCain is in the fact that he's a Senator, rather than an admiral. He comes from a true-blue naval family. He's the son and the grandson of admirals, both of whom fought with distinction in the Second World War.

Even though he wasn't the best of students, by the mid-1960s he was already on the fast-track to the Pentagon. You can't captain an aircraft carrier without being an aviator, and that's what he was learning. You can't win your flag without combat experience (unless nobody else has any, either), and that also is what he was learning.

Then he got shot down, didn't receive the medical care he needed to keep himself flyable, and spent years in horrid conditions as a senior officer among POWs. He dislikes the Vietnamese because they didn't just hurt his arm, they took away his flag. He dislikes the French because the French screwed up Vietnam in the first place.

John McCain spent a lot of time in the Senate, but every four years his hat was in the big ring, because there's really only one job where an invalidated Navy man can tell other Navy men what to do, and that's as Commander-in-Chief. Now, he's not going to get that, either.

To be any good at all as a Senator, and McCain does his job okay even though I don't like what he's doing, one has to master the art of gaining consensus and compromising, two things an admiral never has to do. So every day that guy shows up to work, he has to behave in a manner completely contrary to everything he wished. I'll bet he's pissed off.
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