For the first time in years, I’ve found myself nodding in agreement with Senator John McCain on multiple issues over the last week or so! It has caught me by surprise, but I’m not getting used to the feeling because I know that McCain will likely drift back to the left any day now.
The most recent kumbaya moment with McCain came after President Obama blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his campaign rhetoric.
In his first public comments on Tuesday’s elections in Israel, Obama’s deepest discomfort was saved for Netanyahu’s Election Day warning about Arab Israeli voters going to the polls “in droves.”
“We indicated that that kind of rhetoric was contrary to what is the best of Israel’s traditions. That although Israel was founded based on the historic Jewish homeland and the need to have a Jewish homeland, Israeli democracy has been premised on everybody in the country being treated equally and fairly,” said Obama. “And I think that that is what’s best about Israeli democracy. If that is lost, then I think that not only does it give ammunition to folks who don’t believe in a Jewish state, but it also I think starts to erode the meaning of democracy in the country.”
I have to be honest here. I literally laughed out loud when I first read these comments. This is coming from one of the most divisive Presidents our nation has ever seen. This is coming from a President who has called his opponents some terrible things and implied other things that were just vile! This is coming from a President who, after losing the last election handily, spoke as if it didn’t matter because the people who voted weren’t the America he represented anyway! This man is a bombastic buffoon and his spat with Netanyahu continues to reinforce our worst suspicions of him.
And into this Senator John McCain steps in as the voice of reason. Appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union with Gloria Borger, McCain does his best to bring a rational voice to the slobberingly anti-Semitic liberal media.
“The president should get over it — get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President. It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region which is threatening the very fabric of the region. The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during a reelection campaign.”
McCain finished with a flourish by noting that President Obama was busy attacking our ally Israel and slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his election rhetoric while simultaneously praising an Iranian General who has killed Americans! McCain summed up the entire fiasco by calling the situation completely “Orwellian.”
Again, I don’t agree with McCain all that often, but he is 100% right on the money here.