In September 26th’s Presidential Debate, Republican hopeful John McCain often touted his vast experience in both domestic and foreign affairs. McCain entered politics in 1981, when he retired from the Navy. According to his talking points, the Senator was heavily involved in many of the most critical American political actions of the past 25-plus years. And if that’s the case (who would doubt this man of honor?), why haven’t things turned out better for the United States?
Early on in the debate, McCain stated, ” We Republicans came to power to change government, and government changed us.” He later added, “It (meaning the money laden system of politics in Washington) corrupts people.” This is one arena where McCain knows of which he speaks. He was one of the infamous Keating Five: A group of Senators found wielding influence for Charles Keating, director of the corrupt Lincoln Savings and Loan (There’s that deregulation, greed, and collapse formula again). After receiving more than $100, 000 of Keating’s ill-earned dollars in campaign funds, as well as stays at Keating’s Bahamian vacation home, McCain attended hearings with federal regulators on behalf of Keating. In the words of the Seattle Times, this placed McCain (and the entire group) “under an ethical cloud for years.” It also led to McCain being found guilty by the Senate Ethics Committee of “using poor judgement” in acting on Keating’s behalf. The incident does prove that McCain can work across the aisle–the other four members of the Keating Five were Democrats. The Hangover is puzzled as to why that wasn’t featured in McCain’s considerable self portrait last night.
McCain did manage to mention that he’s been to Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Georgia (the country) and New Hampshire (the state). He also boasted of meeting with Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Misha Saakashvili, and General Patraeus. He looked into the eyes of Vladimir Putin and saw “a K, a G and a B” Perhaps McCain was drunk at the time. Just about the only thing McCain hasn’t done is kept track of how many houses he owns.
Through connections in Washington DC, The Hangover has gained access to a video of McCain actually taking on terrorists in New York City. Only great modesty must have prevented McCain from sharing these exploits with the American People: