The McCain-Carney debate

President Obama got overshadowed last evening by his former employee and his former campaign opponent.

Jay Carney, his former spokesman and now a senior political commentator for CNN, got hit hard by Sen. John McCain over the question of whether the Obama administration should have left troops in Iraq to support the government.

“We had it won!” McCain declared.

The exchange was evocative of the Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley debates during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, one of the first times when TV commentators called each other names, although it seemed classier back then.

  • Senator McCain, you have shown time and time again that you know absolutely nothing about strategy for countries in the middle east. Perhaps it’s time you just gave it up and head to the retirement home before you get any more of our troops killed.

  • Gary F

    I’m not a huge McCain fan, but he’s dead on right.

    • The only thing “right” about McCain are his politics.

  • John O.

    Isn’t McCain the guy who participated in a photo op with some folks who turned out to be members of what we now know to be ISIS leadership?

  • Jay T. Berken

    McCain would have had more validity in his argument if he would not have tweeted this out in 2010:

    John McCainVerified account ‏@SenJohnMcCain 18 Aug 2010

    Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for victory.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Senator McCain seems to be running his own version of a shadow government, with himself as both President and Secretary of State. But, like the Islamic State, nobody recognizes it.

  • X.A. Smith

    I think it was past his nap-time.

  • Jim Calvin

    McCain is dead right. How can the DEMs consistently lie and the median lets them get away with it? They have NO morals or any conscience. Not all people drink the lies in as the truth from this scum bucket.