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Flashback: Biden Mocked John McCain As Angry, Gutless Man

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.

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“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.


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.


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.”


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?


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:


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.

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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