Grumpy Old Men

Has anyone else noticed the resemblance between Clint Eastwood and John McCain?

Dirty Hairy was, at one time, my hero.  Didn’t give a shit about the rules.  Just went after the bad guys,  ignored protocol and left political niceties to politicians.  He cleaned up on the evil doers and crooked cops.  I couldn’t wait for his next movie, and a big fist in the mouth or a 45 magnum for anyone who crossed him.  A real American idol.

John flew planes for his country, shot bad guys out of the air, got caught in Nam, spent serious time in the worst of all places and came home a hero.  He found his way to Washington and became a maverick who only cared about what was right and honorable.  Party politics be damned, he tweaked the noses of his own colleagues.  I’d probably have voted for him.

How things have changed.  Both Clint and John have become grumpy old men.

Clint at 82 probably plays the same role in the movies that he does in real life.  His latest run of pictures depict someone who is all too ready to thumb his nose at anyone who gets in his way.   His character, Walt Kowalski, spits on his next door neighbors in Gran Torino while his Gus Lobel smart mouths the baseball world in Trouble With the Curve.   As further evidence of Clint’s grumpy man metamorphosis, he occasionally speaks incoherently  to empty chairs.

John at 76 hasn’t recovered from the 2008 election when he and the Snow Queen were decimated by the Black Guy.  Finding his vision of the world moving further into obscurity, he has become the Senate minority standard-bearer responsible for carrying out Banzai attacks on the guy who bested him four years ago.  No surrender for John.  Instead, a last desperate attack before he falls on his sword.

But there is one important difference between Clint and John.  We can avoid Clint by not buying his movie tickets.  But we’re stuck with John in our face until at least 2016.

John’s current grumpiness is reflected in his dogged determination to show that Obama was the guy who led the attack on the Benghazi embassy.  Raising the terrorist event to the level of the sinking of the Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the destruction of the Twin Towers,  John insists that not enough information has been provided to allow him to declare that the Black Guy was not, in fact, the perpetrator of the event.

He also warns that he will block the nomination of Susan Rice to the position of Secretary of State, a nomination that has not and may not occur.  Blaming Ms. Rice, currently our U.N. ambassador, for providing false information on Benghazi, John  offers to temper his approach only if Susan will publicly reveal that the Black Guy was in fact responsible for supplying arms to the terrorists, pointing them in the direction of Benghazi, and giving them the spare key to the embassy.

Seeking the pole position on administration harassment, John insists that a Watergate style inquisition be started immediately.  The lack of credible information and probable complicity by the Black Guy seemed an appropriate start to Obama’s second presidential term of office.  Visions of impeachment, ala the Clinton and Monica show, float like sugar plums through John’s head.  Failing to achieve Mitch McConnell’s stated goal of a one term presidency, maybe this is the answer to hobbling the Black Guy for the next four years.

Alas, John got off to a poor start.  First he holds a news conference blasting the White House for not being forthcoming.  But then given the opportunity to attend a bi-partisan briefing on the Benghazi caper, John chose to thumb his nose at it.  When CNN reporter Ted Barrett asked why he missed the briefing, John said “I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media.”  Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain huffed “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

So, rather than focusing on our real problems, the grumpy guy tries to hobble the black guy while the rest of us say…get a life, John.”

5 Responses to “Grumpy Old Men”

  1. 1 Grand PA George November 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Ok Fred, you wanted a replay from me on your Blog. Maybe he is a grumpy old Man, but he would have made a Dam good Grumpy President. He would not be sitting around while Hamas is pounding the Holy Land, and The President of Egypt, say anything done to Hamas , hurts Egypt. John McCain may be Grumpy old man, but he would say something, and not throw his Secretary of State under the Bus, for the second time in two Months


  2. 2 Maureen C November 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Once again, thank you Fred, for saying so well what so many of us are thinking.


  3. 3 Mackay November 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    So sad about McCain. I used to respect him, too, when he was a maverick. I didn’t necessarily agree with him but he seemed to be a man of integrity. No longer. He’s succumbed to partisanship like so many others.


  4. 4 Twigga November 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I applaud your commentary, Fred. Thank you! Mr. McCain has pushed the “poor-me” scenario to a point where it’s difficult for most of us to remember his good points. It’s hard to think of him as a man of integrity when he proves himself over and over to be such a poor loser. Same goes for Mr. Romeny and Mr. Ryan, unfortunately. Don’t these politicians understand how their volatile and almost hyterical behaviour makes them come across as unstable and even unintelligent? This is all such a huge waste of time: all these temper-tantrums and posturing and blaming! And no one has the guts to admit that they’re just not willing to accept a black family (headed by a man who is half white, half black, which should be perfect for what could have been a transitiional inspiration for the entire world!) in their lilly-white White House. I’ve already heard from 6 people in our geographic area that the main reason they didn’t vote for President Obama is the fact that he’s a member of the Moslem Brotherhood! This is not only pathetic but tragic and as insulting to the Islam nation as it is to our president!


  5. 5 Twigga November 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    To make sure this is clear: these people mentioned to me that THEY BELIEVE that Mr. Obama is a member of the Moslem Brotherhood.


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