Suppose you were elected by the voters in your state to represent them in the United States Senate. Suppose you have held that trusted position for over a quarter of a century. Suppose you were a former prisoner of war. Wouldn’t you think being actively engaged during a Congressional hearing on the possibility of dropping a hundred or so bombs as a way to tell the al-Assad regime they have been very, very bad, would be your job?
Apparently John McCain doesn’t think so.
McCain was caught playing poker on his iPhone while the rest of his colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee discussed the ramifications of using our troops, our ships, our weapons and about a billion or so of our dollars, to conduct another exercise in futility… i.e. sticking our business in someone else’s business. Now we all know McCain is ready to drop a bomb at the drop of a hat, but this is a hearing to consider undertaking another military action. This time without the support of many of our key allies.
And the really upsetting part of this is he didn’t care he was caught. When a picture of him playing poker leaked out, he sent out a response on twitter saying “Scandal. Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!” How would your employer react if you were caught playing poker during an important meeting, or even during the normal workday? Well, as a citizen and taxpayer, Senator McCain works for me, and I’m damned pissed that he A) was not paying attention to the hearing and B) that he doesn’t give a shit he was caught and C) he actually thinks it’s a joke. He even said from time to time he gets a “leetle bored” during these hearings.
The Senate Committee went on to approve the military response and it will be voted on next week by the full Senate. Maybe with McCain showing so little interest in his job, it’s time for the voters of Arizona to think about finding another representative who might actually pay attention.