POLITICAL observations & opinions

* John McCain: drinker, gambler, womanizer

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 12, 2008

(thanks to ILENE for the link) …

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

  • This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.
  • “Let’s face it,” says Larry Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. “John McCain made his reputation on the fact that he doesn’t bend his principles for politics. That’s just not true.”
  • any leading Republicans who once admired McCain see his recent contortions to appease the GOP base as the undoing of a maverick. 
  • “John has made a pact with the devil,” says Lincoln Chafee, the former GOP senator, who has been appalled at his one-time colleague’s readiness to sacrifice principle for power. 
  • John Sidney McCain III has spent most of his life trying to escape the shadow of greater men. His grandfather Adm. John Sidney “Slew” McCain earned his four stars commanding a U.S. carrier force in World War II. His deeply ambitious father, Adm. “Junior” McCain, reached the same rank, commanding America’s forces in the Pacific during Vietnam.
  • The youngest McCain was not cut from the same cloth.
  • McCain was not only a lousy student, he had his father’s taste for drink and a darkly misogynistic streak. The summer after his sophomore year, cruising with a friend near Arlington, McCain tried to pick up a pair of young women. When they laughed at him, he cursed them so vilely that he was hauled into court on a profanity charge.
  • His grandfather’s name and his father’s forbearance brought McCain a charmed existence at Annapolis.

there’s lot’s more. read the entire article at … http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain/page/2

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