This man deserves no respect.
Of all the sickening performances John McCain has given this campaign, the most nauseating for me was his appearance at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church last
Monday Saturday. While alluding to his earlier adultery indirectly (he spoke about the “failure” of his first marriage), his megachurch presence seemed unable to inspire him either to even mention Jesus Christ (his own putative savior) or to adhere more strictly to God’s commandments by, say, telling the truth or not stealing.
The stealing part’s has been written about more widely, as commentators have discovered that McCain’s story about a Vietnamese prison guard drawing a cross in the dirt may well have been lifted from the late Alexander Solzenitsyn. But the lying part hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves – except now in a remarkable post over at Mother Jones.
The height of McCain’s dishonesty came right off the bat, as Rick Warren asked, “who are the three wisest people that you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration?” McCain’s reply: “I think [U.S. Rep. from Georgia] John Lewis. John Lewis was at the Edmund Pettis Bridge, had his skull fractured, continued to serve, continues to have the most optimistic outlook about America.” Now, McCain actually put in a campaign appearance at the fabled bridge (the site of Bloody Sunday in 1965), but as the MoJo piece notes, he “has not established a relationship with the Georgia Democrat in the 22 years they have served in Congress together….Lewis was not told about McCain's speech in Selma in advance, nor was he invited to attend.”
Or, in Lewis’ own tart response, "Sen. McCain and I are colleagues in the US Congress, not confidantes. He does not consult me. And I do not consult him." What’s more, as many have noted, McCain was a staunch opponent of civil rights legislation – even trying to block recognition of the King holiday as late as 1987, more than 20 years after Lewis’ heroic act.
I’m sorry, but someone willing to distort his relationship to a truly heroic figure like John Lewis in order to steal the moral mantle of a movement he sought to undermine deserves only contempt.