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Greetings, my fellow port swillers.

Ol’ Robbo doesn’t think it very sporting to speak ill of the deceased, especially when they haven’t even been planted in the ground yet, so I will say nothing here about my opinion of the late Sen. John McCain himself, but I have to admit that I am really pretty appalled by this week’s events.

First, there was the very specific and public snubbing of both the President and Sarah Palin.  This was petty and vindictive and speaks of pure meanness, particularly with respect to Palin, who had stayed loyal to McCain even after he more than once humiliated her.

Then there’s this Progress across the country.  Five different memorial services? Really? Since when did the guy become Caesar?

Finally, there’s the sick-making politicks of this whole spectacle.  McCain was a useful idiot to the Establishment (and the Press, but I repeat myself) in life – “Maverick” when he crossed his own party and constituents, a “Nazi warmonger” when, for example, he dared to run against the Light-bringer in 2008. (Yes, I’m old enough to remember that.)  He’s being used as a tool of the Establishment here again as it launches a Paul Wellstone Memorial-like pep rally at which it is slapping itself on the back while at the same time spitting poison at outsiders and deplorables. The big shindig at the National Cathedral is either tomorrow or Saturday, and I think it’s at this one that the Light-bringer himself is going to deliver a eulogy.  No power in the ‘verse could compel me to watch it.

Instead, I’ll be scrubbing cat-pee stains out of the basement carpet and considering that a more pleasant option.

UPDATE:  Yep, looks like they went full Wellstone.  Never go full Wellstone.





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