Topic archives: John McCain

Razer: seven times those hawks who called for civilian blood were totally adorable

January 16, 2018 21

In an era where the formally debased are redeemed by Trump's vulgarity, most of our effort goes to inventing a peaceful, prosperous past that never, ever was.

McCain’s frozen peace: why the media swooned for a Republican’s cliched US exceptionalism

June 1, 2017 9

McCain's rhetoric leant heavily on the idea of the "bully". “Bullying” has come, rather craftily, to signify anything one doesn’t like, from the stuff I write in Crikey to the PRC’s economic growth, writes Helen Razer.

Crikey Worm: healthcare changes mooted, Schapelle comes home, Manus class action

May 29, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The government is considering radical changes to the health system, Schapelle Corby has returned to Australia, and a class action brought by detainees on Manus Island will begin this week. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.

With no money, no running mate and few friends, Trump lumbers on

October 10, 2016 3

Prominent Republicans are running from their presidential nominee, as the Republican National Committee pulls his funding. But he is undeterred.

Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

June 13, 2014 34

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention -- a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

McCain’s ’embarrassed’, but Tea Party has no shutdown shame

McCain’s ’embarrassed’, but Tea Party has no shutdown shame

October 9, 2013 8

It was supposed to be about healthcare, but as the US government shutdown rolls on Republicans now want to talk about debt. Crikey reports from Florida where Obamacare has stalled.

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

May 29, 2013 7

The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?

Media briefs: Fairfax sorry for Bernardi … Rundle on Coulter outrage …

Media briefs: Fairfax sorry for Bernardi … Rundle on Coulter outrage …

April 15, 2013 2

Fairfax bites the bullet and apologises to Cory Bernardi, and other media news of the day.

John McCain’s 2000 page dirt file on Mitt Romney

January 19, 2012

A massive leaked document widely reported to have been created by John McCain's team during the '08 US campaign trail is the mother of all dirt files on Mitt Romney, reports David Martosko.

Rundle: Cain dissed as a Newt, aka the ultimate black swan, emerges

December 6, 2011 18

Well it has been a helluva ride for the Republican Party, as its right-wing base searches for anyone but the passionless and, by American standards, centrist mainstream candidate Mitt Romney.

Obama: still with no competition, he’s looking good for 2012

June 10, 2011

Mitt Romney was the last GOP man standing against John McCain in 2008, which makes him the current frontrunner against Barack Obama. But with puny polls and iffy party support, it all amounts to good news for Obama.

Greg will phone his boyfriend, now Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is dead

December 23, 2010 2

President Barack Obama sighed as he put a stroke through one of America’s most talked-about civil rights debates of the past decade: "We are done." Now Greg can call his boyfriend from training camp, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

Immigration stalled, but it remains an American DREAM

December 22, 2010 2

Many Americans would love to have the free flowing and, for the most part, respectful engagement Australia enjoys on immigration, writes Harley Dennett from Washington DC. Amid bitter recriminations, Barack Obama now wants another stab at reform.

Policy change, but cloud still hangs over gay US soldiers

December 20, 2010 4

US Senator John McCain, once a centrist "maverick" before his presidential run, went apoplectic in the minutes leading up to congress’s historic vote to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

Prepping for war: tensions rise in Korea

November 29, 2010

North and South Korean are reportedly preparing rocket launching systems on their borders as tension between the two countries escalates. Senator John McCain has called for a "regime change" in North Korea writes Andrew Gilligan.

Maverick makes a comeback

August 24, 2010

After looking like it was nearly retirement time, US Senator John McCain heads to the primaries with good odds and a rebound in popularity. But will his recent lurch to the right -- particularly in regard to immigration -- affect his future?

McCain’s transformation from rabble rouser to party hack

July 13, 2010

John McCain used to be something of a free spirit, speaking out against his party on issues of conscience. But in the last few months the former "maverick" has pathetically toed the party line, writes Jacob Weisberg.

Ah McCain, you can’t do it again

Ah McCain, you can’t do it again

June 23, 2010

My friends, how John McCain has fallen. From the highs of the '08 election, McCain is now desperately defending his own seat and his own flip-flopping views on immigration.

Complete the danged fence!

May 11, 2010 1

An interesting contrast with Abbott’s new “red arrows invade Australia” attack ad — Arizona Senator John McCain campaigns on keeping those drug smugglin’, home invadin’, murderin’ “aliens” out of ‘merica, by adding 3000 more guards and building a big ol’ danged fence: [youtube][/youtube]

Politicians behaving badly: all the juicy news from <em>Game Change</em>

Politicians behaving badly: all the juicy news from Game Change

January 13, 2010 2

Washington has been in a frenzy all week as sordid political rumours spill forth from the new book on the US '08 presidential campaign, Game Change. From affairs to racist remarks, what were the spiciest revelations?