Like so many Americans, I have great admiration for Sen. John McCain, an authentic American hero who came as close as any hero can to giving the "last full measure."
The sacrifice McCain and his comrades made in the notorious "Hanoi Hilton," where they suffered unspeakable physical and psychological torture, can never be fully repaid by America.
When he ran for president in 2008, while I didn't support him, I was certain he'd win. McCain's impeccable record in the U.S. Senate and his selfless service to the country added up to a sure fire victory, especially against a young, little known and seemingly unaccomplished Illinois senator.
Then McCain made a huge mistake.
As documented in the book "Game Change," he sought a means to distinguish his campaign from Obama's. I'm sure if he had chosen Governor Mitt Romney for vice president, Republicans would have secured the White House for at least eight years and perhaps as many as 16.
But McCain apparently didn't like the cut of Romney's jib, so he chose, instead, a young, little known, seemingly unaccomplished half-term governor from Alaska, a state with a population smaller than Kansas City's, as his running mate. The calculation: with Palin, McCain would lock in women, evangelical and Reagan Democrat voters.
Palin, of course, turned out to be a completely unqualified self-serving diva with no sense of loyalty to John McCain. A thorough vetting would have revealed Palin's predilections. But the campaign - and McCain, who must take responsibility for selecting Palin - didn't bother to check the pig in the poke they were buying.
And it was this oversight that disqualified McCain from the presidency. If McCain failed to perform the necessary due diligence on Palin, what did it that say about his judgement?
To his everlasting credit, McCain never threw Palin under the bus, although he would have been forgiven for doing so. Unfortunately, to McCain's discredit, he seems to have never forgiven Obama for defeating him in the 2008 general election.
Now it's payback time.
McCain is rushing to judgement on the Senate floor, all but accusing the president of a Watergate-type cover-up in the wake of the tragic attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He thinks Obama "has a lot to answer for," even as he skipped closed-door Senate hearings on Benghazi so he could conduct media interviews to condemn the president.
As the country heads toward the fiscal cliff, John McCain, one of the leading Republicans in the Senate is prosecuting a personal vendetta against the man who defeated him. McCain appears bitter, angry and, frankly, unhinged in his pathetic, fact-free attempt to lay blame for the deaths of four Americans at the feet of Obama.
Senator McCain, what ever happened to "Country First?"