I Still Want to See Him Defeated, But…
Senator John McCain, co-author of the McCain-Feingold
violation of the First Amendment Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, has been promoted as Vice-Presidential material for the Kerry campaign. Apparently the Senator was on Conan O’Brien’s show last night. When asked if he was considering running for VP, Senator McCain responded (and I paraphrase):
You know, I spent several years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam, in the dark, eating scraps. Why would I want to do that again?
I don’t care for John McCain, but I’ve got to admit that was very funny.
John Nance Garner, the 32nd V.P., serving from 1933-1941 under FDR (replaced by Henry A. Wallace), is famously quoted as saying,
The vice presidency isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit.
I’m not sure if he said that before or after being replaced by Wallace, but I’d imagine Al Gore would agree with him. Wallace might too, since he was replaced by Truman.
I doubt Truman would agree, though.
Garner also said (of FDR), “(he) is the most destructive man in all American history.” Which would explain why he was replaced with Wallace. Not that I think Garner was necessarily wrong in his opinion.