“American Hero” John McCain Video is Never Trump Porn

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The big sin of John McCain was Sarah Palin as a gateway to Donald Trump, we are told.

The Guardian reviewed the recent John McCain documentary NeverTrump masturbation flick:

The Review criticizes McCain for abandoning “principle” to run for the Presidency by no longer defending abortion. The Guardian, as a Leftist magazine, could have conceivably criticized McCain on legitimate grounds given his history of warmongery. Instead the publication devotes itself to NeverTrump myth.

The piece ends giving the reader the impression the ultimate problem with McCain was that he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, cracking open the gates to Trump. The undead pseudoconservative David Brook says that “anti-intellectualism, disrespect for facts” came in with Palin and bore fruit as Trump.

Sarah Palin may well have played into Trump’s platform as well as his rhetorical strategy for winning an election. We should thank her for both legacies. The latter should dispell any notion that Brooks, who guarranteed us all that Clinton would beat Trump, has any grasp of facts.

Here’s Mrs. “Anti-Intellectual” showing she has more class than McCain and Brooks put together!

The Guardian reports, “John McCain: film portrait of an ‘American hero’ skirts hard questions.

The Kunhardts said that they addressed key moments in which McCain failed to meet his own moral standards as a theme in the film. “We wanted to show his past failures and how he hit them head on and learned from them and moved forward – the idea that you can recognize what you’ve done wrong and try and do right,” Teddy said.

Which brings us neatly back to Sarah Palin and that controversial VP pick.

On 29 August 2008 McCain stood in front of a large crowd in Dayton, Ohio, and introduced “the next vice-president of the United States, Governor Sarah Palin of the great state of Alaska”. The HBO documentary lingers over this moment as well, zooming in on the man in what must have been a singularly lonely instance.

The scene is terrible to behold. There he stands, his face locked in an unconvincing smile, like a child desperately feigning delight as he opens an unwanted birthday present.

“I don’t think he could have known it at the time,” the New York Times columnist David Brooks tells the Kunhardts. “But he took a disease that was running through the Republican party – anti-intellectualism, disrespect for facts – and he put it right at the center of the party.”

That’s an important caveat as we assess John McCain on the point of his own mortality. He can plausibly claim to represent the antithesis of the current incumbent of the White House: he is as open-minded as Trump is partisan, as public-spirited as Trump is self-serving, he speaks honor to Trump’s pussy grabbing.

But he also has to face tough questions that the Kunhardts pointedly skirt around. Did he do enough when he effectively led the Republican party to hold back the dark forces welling up within it? Must he accept a share of blame for the ugly, ominous world he will probably soon leave behind?

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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