Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. listens as right as former Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. talks about his support for Graham during a campaign stop, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

John McCain Is Still An Angry Old Jackass

John McCain endorsed Lindsey Graham for President. Graham, of course, never graduated beyond the kids’ table.

McCain has always disliked Ted Cruz. He’s called Cruz and conservative activists “wackobirds” among other insults. That has always been the problem with John McCain and was one of the chief complains when he failed to beat Barack Obama.

John McCain is consistently nicer to Democrats than members of his own party. On the campaign trail in 2008, McCain savaged conservatives as he carved out a left of middle path to the nomination. Then he demanded conservatives get on his bus as he flattered Barack Obama and suspended his campaign. We now know McCain openly pondered if he should just sit back because he wasn’t sure he wanted to stand in the way of history and the first half-black President of the United States.

But as Ted Cruz rises to the top of the field, John McCain has decided to ally with Donald Trump and openly speculate that Ted Cruz might not be eligible to be President of the United States. Never mind there really is very little legal argument there.

Yes, it is ironic that McCain would think about stepping back lest he disrupt history for Obama, but is happy to scuttle the chances of a Hispanic candidate after endorsing the very white Lindsey Graham.

As Andrew McCarthy notes

Under the law in effect when Cruz was born in 1970 (i.e., statutes applying to people born between 1952 and 1986), the requirement was that, at the time of birth, the American citizen parent had to have resided in the U.S. for ten years, including five years after the age of fourteen. Cruz’s mother, Eleanor, easily met that requirement: she was in her mid-thirties when Ted was born and had spent most of her life in the U.S., including graduating from Rice University with a math degree that led to employment in Houston as a computer programmer at Shell Oil.

This is just an angry old jackass upset that his team lost. It’s the John McCain we know and “love.” It’s the man who always treats his own side worse than he treats the other side. If he did anything otherwise, it would not be John McCain. Heck, if he did otherwise, he might have actually had a shot at being President, just like Ted Cruz.

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