It would be nice if, in his waning years as a senator, Mr. McCain would join the Republican cause.
Note the phrase used was “Republican cause,” not the Republican Party. He’s already part of the latter, just not of the former.
All of which is a polite way of calling him a RINO – a Republican in Name Only. He has no loyalty to the conservative cause. So he is undependable at best. At his worst? He might as well be a Democrat.
Especially annoying is his petulant attitude toward President Trump. Is McCain so petty as to be jealous? Maybe. Or perhaps his ego is so inflated that he creates controversy and obstructs the president just to call attention to himself.
Whatever McCain’s problem, The Western Journal has reminded us of a scandal that McCain surely must wish to be forgotten.
McCain was one of the so-called ‘Keating Five,’ five U.S. senators accused of corruption in 1989.
Many won’t remember that, but Senator McCain benefited to the tune of $112,000.00 as a result of his part in these machinations. Here’s a brief history lesson.
Sens. Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, John Glenn and Donald Riegle were the other four who tried to influence federal thrift regulators to back their political benefactor, Charles H. Keating Jr, according to The Arizona Republic.
McCain met Keating at a Navy League dinner where the two became friends, and Keating made sure to take care of his friend when McCain decided to run for office.
And they became more than just friends.
McCain received over $112,000 in political contributions from Keating, and the McCain family also vacationed at the Keating’s Bahamas retreat.
When the government was poised to seize Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loan in 1987, Keating decided to cash in the debts of the five senators, The Arizona Republic reported.
Influence peddling is what the following is called. And it’s illegal.
Keating wanted the senators to get regulators to drop the case against Lincoln which claimed that the thrift was violating “direct investment” rules.
Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in the late 1980s and cost taxpayers $3.4 billion, according to The Arizona Republic.
After the scandal, McCain tried to save himself from the Senate Ethics Committee investigation.
It was clear during the 2016 election that Mr. McCain’s support for Donald Trump’s candidacy was phony. He actually preferred that Hillary win.
Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain do have quite a bit in common. Including both having been the targets of investigations into their corrupt political maneuvers.
The solution? Every time Mr. McCain conjures up another reason to attack the president, he and the public need to be reminded of the Keating Five.
Source: Western Journal