John McCain

Dear Editor,

Is it not quite sad and somewhat disturbing to witness the obvious degeneration of the persona of Senator John McCain (Republican, representing Arizona), who for many years had been viewed with admiration and respect by political advocates and adversaries alike for his reputation for placing personal integrity and fair play paramount to political expediency, thus earning him the title of political “maverick,” with his aforementioned metamorphosis becoming apparent shortly following his defeat in the 2008 Presidential election to current President Barack Obama?

Since his loss as the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008, Senator McCain has adopted a much more partisan, uncompromising and confrontational attitude, comes off as quite bitter and, more often than not, rude in confronting those with whom he may disagree, in particular those who chose not to support him in his most recent quest for the presidency.

Senator McCain’s theatrics during his rude and disrespectful interrogation of his now former friend and “comrade in arms” former Republican Senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel, during the latter’s confirmation hearing for the cabinet post of Secretary of Defense, as well as his unrelenting personal attacks on presumed Secretary of State candidate, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, prior to her withdrawing her name for consideration for said position, was more reminiscent perhaps of those who interrogated him during his well publicized time as a Vietnamese prisoner of war and beneath the stature of one with such governmental import.

McCain claims Senator Hagel to be “unqualified” for the position for which he is being considered.

This is from someone who personally selected Sarah Palin as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

It appears that Senator McCain has been overcome by his intense feelings of bitterness and perhaps jealousy, which have clouded his previously sound judgment and respectful manner.

Hopefully, he will soon be able to overcome such negative and destructive feelings and return to being the statesman who had until recently been for so long universally respected.

Thank you.


Richard Hord

Martins Ferry