I have been giving this a lot of thought since Sen. John "F--- You" McCain became the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Why is it that Sen. "F--- You" McCain seems to be, dare I write this, gentlemanly towards Democrats?
I think, maybe I have the answer.
Let us take a look at the elected history of Sen. "F--- You" McCain.
Then civilian John McCain ran for congress from Arizona in 1982. He ran for the John Rhodes seat, a long time Republican house leader. 1982 was a terrible year for Republicans across the board. The seat Mr. McCain won was as safe as one could win in that terrible climate. And Mr. McCain won that seat. However, all the gains that Republicans made in 1980 were wiped out and the Republicans lost 28 house seats to fall to a 166-269 minority. The house minority leader was Robert Michel (R-Ill). A nice man, one who would not be around in 1994 when the Republicans would sweep into power by retaking the House of Representatives.
So, Mr. McCain went into congress a decided minority in a very minority Republican party. And, those Republicans seemed to know that they would be in the minority for a long time.
Being in the minority in the house is no fun. Much of what a minority member proposes never sees the light of day. Minority members get the lousy office space. And, like children playing in a schoolyard, the bullies let the bullied know who is in charge.
In 1986, Congressman McCain ran for and won the Barry Goldwater seat in the senate. Ah, but once again, timing is everything. In that same year, the Republicans lost their tenuous majority in the senate and the whole congress was in Democrat control.
However, the senate is a little different. There is more of a buddy-buddy approach to doing things. The minority is not treated as badly and the constitution gives minority senators more power. The power to compromise. And, that is why a reliable conservative as John McCain became more like accommodating John McCain.
In 1994, the Republicans stormed the gates, winning back senate control, the house, the majority of state governors. It was a banner year. But, Sen. McCain did not get the memo and was still compromising John.
I think at the end of the day, when one is elected to an office and is in the minority, it is harder for some to shake that off when suddenly, you are the majority. And that is why we have the kind of Republican that we have in Sen. "F--- You" McCain. A deal cutter.
But, there is hope.
I am hopeful that if Sen. McCain is elected president, I think he can be more forceful for some conservative initiatives. Not want I would necessarily want, but he will no longer be the maverick. In fact, he is no longer the maverick. He is now the big cheese. And, he must act accordingly.
Being the one in charge has to be hard for one who started his political climb in the minority. But, I am hopeful that as the election season moves on, Sen. "F--- You" McCain will be more aggressive in a conservative, Republican agenda. Sen. John McCain is no longer in the minority. Sen. McCain is in control of his own destiny.