In 2008, Democrat Joe Biden mercilessly criticized late Senator John McCain as “an angry man” too afraid to confront Barack Obama to his face.
It is an important reminder in the wake of an endorsement of Biden by McCain’s widow, Cindy.
Friction during the 2008 election arose when then-Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin mentioned links between Obama and 1960s radical leader of a domestic terrorist group, Bill Ayers.
McCain had resisted making such links for quite some time, but Palin finally put them at the forefront as the campaign was winding down.
Biden, displeased, launched an attack on the man he had claimed was his friend.
“What you are seeing is an angry man,” Biden lashed out.
Reuters reported at the time the Democrat had “saluted McCain as a war hero,” but “now seems to challenge his manhood.”
“In my neighborhood where I came from if you got something to say to a man, look him in the eye and say it,” Biden said.
In 2008, “Biden denounced McCain as ‘an angry man’ whom he accuses of trying to take ‘the low road to the highest office in the land’…now seems to challenge his manhood” https://t.co/8irsgHsr07 https://t.co/Vo3aAzNbBu
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) April 24, 2019
Biden Dismissed John McCain as a ‘Sidekick’
Then-Senator Biden also denigrated McCain as a puppet of George W. Bush.
“You can’t call yourself a maverick when all you’ve ever been is a sidekick,” Biden scoffed during a campaign speech.
Look, these comments are simply politics amongst rivals, just as President Trump’s insults of McCain are.
But the fact that Cindy can come forward to bury any hatchet with Biden, but can’t for Trump is pretty telling.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost,” she tweeted.
“There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is [Joe Biden].”
Presumably, the McCain family’s Republican values would include being pro-life, lower taxes, freedom from government.
It should be noted as well, that Mrs. McCain insisted she was not going to get involved in the 2020 race.
Joe Biden is a wonderful man and dear friend of the McCain Family. However, I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) April 24, 2019
Imagine being so entrenched in the “orange man bad” philosophy that you abandon all of those values.
Values that shouldn’t hinge on any one man, but apparently do in the McCain household.
But then, abandoning one’s principles because of your hatred for one man is a very McCain thing to do.
“McCain argued for years to repeal Obamacare,” The Political Insider’s Wayne Dupree writes, “but when he had the chance to cast the deciding vote to repeal Obamacare, he voted against the action, solely because of his dislike for Trump.”
I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request. Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2020
Obama Campaign Repeatedly Mocked McCain
If you’re so distraught by the President’s mean words that you’re willing to compromise core beliefs as a Republican and conservative, then you’re clearly unprincipled to begin with.
It’d be difficult to imagine suddenly becoming pro-abortion or pro-illegal immigration because somebody disrespected a family member.
You might despise them personally, but having them alter who you are fundamentally isn’t a normal reaction.
And why isn’t Cindy holding a grudge with Biden and Obama for the way they treated him when it suited their political needs?
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) March 14, 2018
Supporters of Obama belittled McCain’s war record, mocked him for the injuries he suffered, scoffed at his age, and even compared him to a Nazi.
The following campaign ad joked about McCain’s inability to send an email.
“McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes,” Mary Leonard wrote in the Boston Globe in 2000.
Then there were these insults:
Rep. Lewis: Sen. McCain was a “warrior for peace” — pretty much the opposite of how he portrayed him to the public in ’08 pic.twitter.com/gqvNuhaR9h
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 26, 2018
In 2008, @Madonna kicked off her Sticky & Sweet Tour at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. At one point, she compared John McCain to Adolf Hitler and Mugabe. Many of those that offer such glowing praise of him today said nothing in his defense then.
— Rachel Miselman (@RachelMiselman) August 26, 2018
How quickly everyone forgets that Biden and his supporters said some nasty things during the heat of a political battle.
One side has clearly been forgiven. The other has not.
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