Heartwarming stuff, though undeserved. McCain's "yes" on the background-check amendment hardly was brave, nor was it a new position for him. It remains one of the few issues on which he and the National Rifle Association have disagreed.

In May 1999, the NRA hadn't even that small disagreement with McCain. That's when he voted against an amendment closing the gun-show loophole offered by New Jersey U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.

On several occasions since, though, McCain has stated that he supports tightening the loophole.

Jesse Lenz
McCain at Chase Field on June 5, 2010, with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (to the right of McCain), PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll (first on the left), and other law enforcement officials.
McCain at Chase Field on June 5, 2010, with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (to the right of McCain), PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll (first on the left), and other law enforcement officials.

So it's no surprise that when it comes to any gun legislation more stringent than closing the gun-show loophole, McCain's against it.

In 2009, speaking to NRA members at the group's annual convention, held that year in Phoenix, he patted himself on the back for standing tall against California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's 1994 assault-weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

"I voted against the original ban on so-called assault weapons," McCain told the gun enthusiasts. "I made sure the ban ended after 10 years, and if the ban is re-introduced in Congress, I will vote against it."

True to his word this time, when Feinstein attempted to bring back the ban in mid-April, McCain voted no, along with almost all of his fellow Senate Republicans and several Democrats in name only.

In February, at a town hall meeting on gun control and gun rights at the Musical Instrument Museum here, McCain was confronted by Caren Teves, mother of one of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Teves asked McCain to vote for an assault-weapons ban, which would include a prohibition against high-capacity magazines.

McCain rejected the suggestion, saying such a ban had zero chance of congressional approval. And he contended that the ban would do nothing to save lives in urban centers such as Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel has waged war against senseless gun violence.

"Murders in Chicago; there's no assault weapon used in them," McCain contended. "There's no large clip being used. It's a handgun where people go up and kill people. An assault-weapons ban will not have the slightest effect on the murders in Chicago and other metropolitan areas."

Does McCain really think assault weapons never have been used in Chicago? Sure, a nationwide assault-weapons ban isn't a panacea, but it could help reduce the carnage of mass shootings.

Mother Jones magazine recently found that more than half of mass shooters over the past three decades owned an assault weapon, an extended magazine, or both.

Tucson killer Loughner was jumped by bystanders when he stopped to reload after burning through an extended, 33-round magazine. If nothing larger than 10-round magazines had been readily available, Loughner, hypothetically, might have killed fewer people.

A restriction on clips larger than 10 rounds was part of the Feinstein proposal.

But should we really expect a politician like McCain, who has prostituted himself to the NRA, to cross the gun lobby in a more profound way than voting for closing background-check loopholes, a bill he had to know was headed for defeat?

In Oro Valley, I ask McCain whether he'll decline future contributions from pro-gun groups like the NRA, considering that it's opposed to even the most modest gun-control law.

I mention that, since 2006, he's on record as accepting more donations from the NRA than any other member of Congress, according to a New York Daily News report.

"I'll take contributions from anybody that is legally in this country," he barks back.

"Anybody?" I say. "What about the Communist Party?"

"I said anyone that's legally here," he says.

"The Communist Party is legally here," I say.

Rolling his eyes, the septuagenarian senator retreats from the room.


An out-of-town reporter familiar with McCain commented to me after the exchange that the senator is much more cordial to journalists in the nation's capital.

Which may explain why he's snowed many of them into believing that he is, in the words of the veep, "an honorable, decent man" with "the courage to vote his conscience."

Savvy reporters know the McCain brand — the principled "maverick" giving people "straight talk" — for what it is: a shtick.

It's an act that's been honed over decades and perpetuated in self-congratulatory autobiographies and inspirational tomes written by McCain with the assistance of former staffer Mark Salter. These include Faith of My Fathers, Character Is Destiny, Worth the Fighting For: The Education of an American Maverick, and Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life.

New Times managing editor Amy Silverman has detailed in several pieces over the years the tawdry, sometimes sinister truth behind McCain's mask of civic perfection (see "Vintage McCain," Special Reports).

In the mid-'90s, Silverman wrote about how McCain's beer-heiress trophy wife, Cindy, obtained pain killers for her ravenous addiction by enlisting compliant doctors to write prescriptions in the name of employees of her nonprofit American Voluntary Medical Team, which flew medical professionals to war-torn hotspots worldwide.

Part of the story was how the McCain team massaged the media, spinning Cindy McCain's pill-popping machinations and giving her the aura of victimhood. End result: Her lawyer scored her a wrist-slap punishment of having to enter a federal drug-diversion program.

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azwi
azwi

John McCain will says anything or does anything as long as it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only 

DNichols
DNichols

Memorial Day 2013 Mc Shameless didn't Honor our Fallen Heroes, he went to Syria to Hob Knob with Syrian Rebel/Terrorists?!

Mc Stain exploited Memorial Day to Shamelessly "War Monger" for Defense Dollars!

Mc Stain is a Disgrace to America.

andy440
andy440

Not the  best answer to make our boarders a war like zone. This should be about allowing the raw power of immigration to spread into our country in a way that makes our nation stronger.  Fences are always penetrable if you want it bad enough.


sarum
sarum

What's in a name?  CAIN says all you need to know.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

John McShame ... war-mongering coward known as "song bird" by the North Vietnamese for his willingness to snitch and inform on his fellow troops.


royalphoenix
royalphoenix

McCain won't run for reelection. This immigration "reform" is nothing but garbage. Wal-Mart can't keep employees, and what labor unions there are left in this country need to be broken. Nothing in this article is news, McCain has been lying and flip-flopping since day one. peace

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

salmo60
salmo60

It is way past the time for Senator Flip Flop to retire. Retire to Cindy's beach front Mansion in Cali and spend her dad's Mafia money.  

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great article. Very informative. Your title says it all.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Just in: Judge lets no DL policy stand!! I told you there would be no drivers licenses for DREAMERS and I was right (again).

eeecuzin
eeecuzin

With republicans like him the left has nothing to worry about. People should look up songbird and put this in context with toda.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Screw John McCain. He is a loser and he will be the next politician to be recalled as well as Raul Grijalva and Mary Rose Wilcox.

brinvinn
brinvinn

lol, that McSame dude really cracks me up man.


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Reggievv
Reggievv

But you have to blame Arizona voters. They were suckered by his POW story, in that the party looked for which State would vote for him blindly for Congress. It was Arizona. And he has been suckering the voters ever since.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Two faced senile old coot. Been on every side of every issue. Been a warmonger. Fly on both Charles Keating's plane and in Duke Tully's squadron. His years of captivity have been cheapened by his own political expediency.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Disagree. His statement about Prince Harry being a very handsome young man was courageous. See The Daily Show for Tuesday.

azwi
azwi

John McCain is a pathological and compulsive liar that tells one blatant lie after another. McCain too, is certainly the leader when it comes to flip flopping. John McCain will say or do anything as long as it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only. McCain is a perfect example of an politician that lack character, credibility and integrity. Wacko Birds like John McCain should be kept away from our children. We want to teach our children to be truthful and faithful, two things that McCain isn't! John McCain is a war hungry warmonger that wants to send our children off too foreign wars for his own lust. 

http://exposingreligionblog.tumblr.com/post/30496848783

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9688222

http://pol.moveon.org/mccain10/thanks.html?id=-17340335-0gXtorx

http://rt.com/news/prime-time/vietnamese-dispute-mccain-torture-claim/


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm surprised Mitt Romney didn't ask McCain for political advice.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Yeah McCain has a quip or comeback for everything... I would love to see what he has to say when asked about the aircraft carrier he almost sunk, the US carrier and the number of planes he destroyed on that same carrier, being a fool.

This old fool has spent enough time in govt. service sucking off the tit of the American taxpayer. All we ever seem to get from him is partisan BS, rhetoric and personal witch hunts not based on facts. 

"I want them to know that if they go through that, there's not going to be a job for them here," - Great idea John, so why don't you tell the different prosecutors and LEO's around the state to start going after the EMPLOYERS who give them the jobs??? Tell your buddy Arpaio to actually do his job, all of it, instead of just cherry picking

"McCain is dismissive. Cutting down the 13-year wait is "not something I can sell to the Congress of the United States."" - gee.. according to the polls, that we know are correct thanks to the recent election you LOST McCain and the one after that, Americans do want that cut down to a more reasonable time... but then again, since when do you or the rest of congress listen to the American voters.... I notice McCain that you have no problem cutting that 13 years down for agricultural workers, housekeepers, etc... So in other words, truer words, you have no problem them coming here if they serve you or the lobbies you get bribes from but who cares what the majority of the America people want, even though THOSE are the people you are supposed to be working for.

Time we get the old farts out of congress, put in term limits on all elected positions and start over.

sarum
sarum

@andy440

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."

and shall protect each of them against invasion;
and shall protect each of them against invasion;

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

Actually, the judge denied the preliminary injunction but ruled that immigrant activists were LIKELY TO SUCCEED in their argument that the State unfairly denies driver's licenses to DACA immigrants.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Just IN!!!! YOU ARE STILL A LYING IDIOT!!!

The only thing that was done today was the temporary injunction was denied, but the Trial over this is still ongoing and the judge has not ruled in it.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Wow, you were right about something no one was wanting or seriously thought would happen... hooray for you.. 

That's like saying the sky is blue, everyone knows it so it's not really an accomplishment for you. (again)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

Um, McCain is a federal employee. As is Grijalva.

Wilcox's recall hasn't gone anywhere. Neither has Campbell's.

So, you're back to square one.

DNichols
DNichols

@Arpaio's Butt Monkey: Isn't it time for you to change Arpaio's Diaper?!

sarum
sarum

@Reggievv I can't blame voters anymore.  Working parents really don't have the time to separate fact from spin.  I blame the media for failing to remain independent free press.

azwi
azwi

@Mary Doe The Princess shouldn't associate himself with McCain. The Princess is noted for humanitarianism and McCain is noted for racism, warmongering, bombings invasions, wars and killings.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Flyer9753 

"Great idea John. So why don't you tell the different prosecutors and LEO's around the state to start going after the EMPLOYERS who give them the jobs???"

McCain gets massive campaign contributions from employers. He knows he can't afford to tell them what to do. His ass is owned by the corporate world. Notice how corporations pay little to no tax (business tax included) but the average citizen pays a shitload in tax...

The majority of people want the extreme deficit reduced (what happened to the billion dollars/month we were spending in Iraq?) jobs, immigration (nothing has happened since IRCA, which I suspect was the cause of our current immigration problem) etc.

Doesn't Congress have a job to do? Instead of grilling Holder over the AP scandal (I personally think Holder knew what was up and should be fired at this point, as well as letting AP sue the feds), the IRS scandal (who knows why those groups were targeted. I doubt it was politics, since the IRS is an independent agency) and Benghazi (which McCain himself claims is a massive cover-up) Congress should be doing what the PEOPLE sent them there for.

I completely agree that we need term limits for Congress. I think we should do it via a Constitutional amendment. It would include the ability to recall ANY Cabinet member, Congressman/woman, Senator, etc. and places 2 4-year term limits (similar to what the president gets) on ALL government officials.

DNichols
DNichols

@HermanBernstein:

JoeArpaioFan?

This "Bum" seems to blog about Fourteen hours a day, except for a couple of days that Arpaio was in the Hospital?

Question, Who is JoeArpaioFan?

Answer:  Who is Arpaio.

After all Arpaio's Sheriff Duties are being done by others for him now that he is to Old to walk with out getting hurt.

He is probably the highest paid blogger in the U.S.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@azwi @MaskedMagician1967 

Dumb & Dumber was actually funny. Unlike McCain and Romney.

Romney was a disastrous MA governor. McCain has been in government for more than 30 years.

McCain needs to retire. Just like a certain elderly local sheriff...

 
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