McCain smacks down Huma’s assailants.

Wow – this is strong and good stuff from McCain. To the rescue of Hillary’s aide Huma!

The allegations are crap.

From his speech:

“Mr. President: Rarely do I come to the floor of this institution to discuss particular individuals. But I understand how painful and injurious it is when a person’s character, reputation, and patriotism are attacked without concern for fact or fairness. It is for that reason that I rise today to speak in defense of Huma Abedin.

(..) “Put simply, Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully. I am proud to know Huma, and to call her my friend.

(..) “To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.

(..) “I have every confidence in Huma’s loyalty to our country, and everyone else should as well. All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”

Some smackdown of Michele Bachmann – and possibly a part of a much larger game within the GOP, about who gets to decide the agenda, and what kind of stuff is fair game from now till November.

Read full statement..

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14 thoughts on “McCain smacks down Huma’s assailants.

  1. I thought it was good of McCain to step up and bring a little sobriety to the issue. Comments like Bachmann’s are classic sensationalist propaganda, that typically stem from a political system that is often overly reactionary. The result is almost always counterproductive.

    • Agreed. It was encouraging tones, and he drew some larger lines to the values and foundation of America – which as a byproduct forms a bipartisan platform for pragmatic politics. Or at least moving back towards there. The sooner the better.

      • True, if only rhetoric equated action. I personally think our political system has run its course. I think it’s time we create something new. What that is, I’m not certain. But the current system has failed. And while I realize that it’s not the system necessarily- it’s the people that run it- I think we have allowed it to grow so incredibly corrupt, that we’d have to get rid of everyone simultaneously, in order to reinvigorate D.C. with new blood, untainted by the political game. I realize that’s all very idealistic, but choosing between these two “puppet of Wall St.” parties is not something I can get behind. An alternative voice, or voices, is necessary. But right now no third voice has any legitimate way to get involved and that, in my view, is unfortunate.

      • Well yes.. it’s all too corrupted, and private money has far too much power at the moment. Not as bad as the late 19th century perhaps, but so much worse than the more equal and prosperous 1950-80 years.

        A new Teddy Roosevelt might be needed; to curb money in politics and break up the monopolies. It’s hard to imagine a more healthy political system or democracy emerge before those two things are fixed. After that some new (or even old) voices could start building a better and more fair country again.

      • in other countries where third parties pick up seats just by getting a percentage of votes, it is not illogical to vote for them. But in the US – where it is winner take all – it does not make sense to vote for a third party. recall how a vote for Nader in FL elected Bush – who went on to fight an unnecessary war in Iraq.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly about private money in the political sphere. It must start there. Until that is outlawed, you’re right, nothing is going to change. I just don’t see that happening. At least not any time soon.

    • It won’t happen until Citizens United is overturned. The 5 justices who voted for that ruling were appointed by GOP presidents. Oh, and the justices who opposed it we’re all appointed by Democrats.

      • I agree, Citizens United is a strange ruling. I’ve heard arguments in favor and against, and I must say I’m still trying to make sense of it all. I feel like the concept of money as speech is not entirely vacant, but the problem is the system is set up in a way that those with the most money are able to speak infinitely louder, than those that have less. What results is an obvious imbalance, where Wall St. is heard a lot more clearly than those of us that can’t afford a greater presence in D.C.

      • Also, it’s wrong to think that with the advent of Citizens United, came the sudden influx of private money into the political sphere. This was happening way before Citizens United, and would inevitably occur if CU was abolished. What has to happen, if the playing field cannot be structured fairly, is a complete banning of private money. This would require a federal law, backed up by real enforcement, punishing companies and individuals that break it. But if the way our financial system is regulated, is any indication of how something like this might work, then that idea wouldn’t work very well.

    • [I just don’t see that happening. At least not any time soon.]

      And that’s where it stands isn’t it!
      In the meantime I’m trying to spot some small, encouraging signs – among all the bad news – that suggest that things will get better eventually.

      And once it starts improving, the mood will probably change quickly, too.
      It’s been worse before – and it got fixed.

      • Mac- give me some insight into when it was worse and what was done to make it better? And also, what small, encouraging signs are you noticing? My questions, by the way, are sincere, and are not meant to challenge what you wrote. I’m geninuely curious as to what you’re observing.

      • The Gilded Age (1860-90s) was worse I believe – in terms of worker rights, support systems and concentration of private wealth, and corruption of Congress and Presidents in the White House. Some say f.ex. John D. Rockefeller was like Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan and Secretary of Treasury in one person in terms of wealth and control over US Economy at the time.

        Signs of encouragement today, that’s a tougher one. But. It could at times look like something changed after August last year. The donor troops in Congress just took things way too far. It’s way too early to tell – but media rhetoric has calmed a LOT since it peaked in the months around Tucson and the first part of 2011. That might indicate a gradual shift of power bases in right-wing politics too.

        Also, in a larger perspective, one could hope that the three decade long trend of extraction of the middle class has come to its logical end point – as it was partly based upon the concept of credit and eternal growth. That crashed in 2008. Which gradually changes domestic politics, for the worse in some pockets, but for the better (slowly) in the larger segments.

        What was done to fix things a hundred years ago – just start with Teddy Roosevelt, a moderate Republican at the time. He founded modern America and the progressive movement, and he laid the groundwork for FDR and LBJ later on. He had the right values, energy and drive to get things done. His “trust-busting” vs. big corporations at the time would be very similar to breaking up “too big too fail” companies today. There’s a wealth of inspiration and policy blueprints in his presidency (and personal life) – and one could at times only imagine the results if the current president had had a little bit more of the personal drive to relentlessly hammer through things he personally believed in.

        And I do firmly believe things are bound to get better.

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