In recent days a fight has broken out between two of America’s biggest blowhards, Donald Trump and Arizona’s angry old man, John McCain — because this country is only big enough for one prima donna, dontcha know.

MCain complained to Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker that Donald Trump has “fired up the crazies” within the Republican Party. John McCain Has a Few Things to Say About Donald Trump. Apparently McCain was upset that “The Donald” is appealing to xenophobia and racism in the GOP crazy base.


Well it takes one to know one, Johnny boy.

PalinThis is the man who inflicted upon America the halfling governor of Alaska, the Quitta from Wasilla, Sarah Palin. And what was the role of Caribou Barbie during the 2008 campaign?

That’s right, to “fire up the crazies” in the GOP crazy base with her incoherent ramblings laced with dog whistle racism. This is where the “Tea Party” seeds were  first sown. The Racism Comes Bubbling Up From McCain’s Dogwhistle Campaign:

The video from that Sarah Palin rally in Ohio last week probably said it all — that not only are racists herding in John McCain’s direction, but that previously obscured racism among mainstream conservatives is now bubbling up at an increasing rate.

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I half-expected to hear the same thing from “Joe the Plumber” last week when it was pointed out to him that he would actually get a tax cut under Obama’s plan.

It’s clear that the campaign to defeat Barack Obama — which is what the McCain campaign has rapidly devolved into, ever since it became self-evident that McCain himself couldn’t give us a single good reason to vote for him, beyond his moose-in-the-headlights running mate — is in fact creating an environment in which these kinds of sentiments not only are encouraged, but are now considered normal.

Donald Trump is just an old male version of Sarah Palin with bad hair.

Two years later when McCain was running for reelection to the Senate, he had to do his own dirty work (although Caribou Barbie did make some campaign appearances for him).  McCain paired up with “Studboi1,” part-time underwear model and somehow Sheriff of Pinal County, Paul Babeu. Who can forget McCain’s nativist dog whistle “Complete The Danged Fence” – McCain TV Ad?

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After McCain’s “crazies” comment went viral, things have sorta escalated out of control between the duelling prima donnas. Donald Trump rips John McCain: ‘Dummy!’. At the so-called Freedom Fest in Las Vegas the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on Saturday, “The Donald” said that John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is “a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” Watch Donald Trump say John McCain is ‘not a war hero’.

That was too much for John McCain’s political base — the Beltway media villagers — to take. Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet The Press” (“If its Sunday, its John McCain”) pronounced that Trump’s campaign is probably over. The reliably Republican Washington Post’s political gossip column “The Fix” similarly suggests that Trump’s campaign is probably over. Donald Trump disparaged John McCain’s military service. Is this the end of his run?

Really Beltway media villagers? What “The Donald” said pales by comparison to what George “W’ Bush and his boy “Turdblossom” Karl Rove did to John McCain in South Carolina in 2000, and what they did to John Kerry in 2004 (with your complicit help).

Has everyone forgotten What Bush did to McCain in the 2000 S. C. primary:

Bush Supporters Questioned McCain’s Sanity.

“Some of George W. Bush’s supporters have questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s fitness for the White House, suggesting that his five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam drove him insane at the time.”

Bush Supporters Spread Racist Rumors About McCain’s Daughter.

Bush supporters in South Carolina made race-baiting phone calls saying that McCain had a “black child.” The McCains’ daughter, Bridget, was adopted from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. In August 2000, columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that the McCains “are still seething about Bush supporters in South Carolina spreading word of their dark-skinned adopted daughter.”

Rove Suggests Former POW McCain Committed Treason and Fathered Child With Black Prostitute.

In 2000, McCain operatives in SC accused Rove of spreading rumors against McCain, such as “suggestions that McCain had committed treason while a prisoner of war, and had fathered a child by a black prostitute,” according to the New Yorker.

After Rove Denied Role In McCain Whisper Campaign, Reporters Concluded He Was Behind It.

A December 1999 Dallas Morning News linked Rove to a series of campaign dirty tricks, including his College Republican efforts, allegedly starting a whisper campaign about Ann Richard being too gay-friendly, spreading stories about Jim Hightower’s involvement in a kickback scheme and leaking the educational history of Lena Guerrero. The article also outlined current dirty tricks and whisper campaigns against McCain in South Carolina, including that “McCain may be unstable as a result of being tortured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.” (DMN, 12/2/99) After the article was published, Rove blasted Slater in the Manchester, NH airport, “nose to nose” according to one witness, with Rove claiming Slater had “harmed his reputation,” Slater later noted. But according to one witness, “What was interesting then is that everyone on the campaign charter concluded that Rove was responsible for rumors about McCain.”

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Bush Used Fringe Veterans Group to Attack McCain as “Manchurian Candidate.”

“In the case of Ted Sampley, the same guy who did Bush’s dirty work in going after Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican primaries is doing the job against Kerry this year. Sampley dared compare McCain, who spent five years as a Vietnam POW, with ‘the Manchurian Candidate.’”

Sampley Called McCain a “Coward” and a Traitor.

“Sampley… accused McCain of being a weak-minded coward who had escaped death by collaborating with the enemy. Sampley claimed that McCain had first been compromised by the Vietnamese, then recruited by the Soviets.”

What “The Donald” said about McCain is mildly tame stuff compared to what George “W’ Bush and his boy “Turdblossom” Karl Rove did to John McCain in South Carolina in 2000.

Four years later, “W” and “Turdblossom” disparaged the military service of John Kerry with the so-called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth – SourceWatch:

The group’s credibility has been challenged due to misleading, false or inconsistent statements. A detailed review of the claims in their book is also available.

The SBVT propaganda smear campaign was financed by Sam Fox, a billionaire and hardline rightwinger. The fact that Fox financed this project was revealed during his Senate confirmation hearings to become US ambassador to Belgium. Although the Senate blocked his confirmation pointing out Fox’s pernicious activities, George Bush appointed Fox over the authority of the Senate during a “Senate recess”. Furthermore, the PR company responsible for the SBVT (and whose bill Fox paid) was Arthur J. Finkelstein and Associates run by Arthur J. Finkelstein, the “dirty-tricks guy for the Republicans”. Finkelstein is best know for his black-propaganda campaigns that are primarily character assassinations or smearing — as the SBVT campaign demonstrates.

I would hasten to add that the Beltway media villagers were more than happy to aid and abet this smear campaign by giving these Swift Boat Liars an inordinate amount of media coverage, “catapulting the propaganda” as “W” famously said.

It wasn’t just the Bush campaign and its complicit partners in the mainstream media, oh no. It was rank and file Republicans who revelled in smearing the military service of John Kerry. Who can forget the 2004 Republican National Convention where convention-goers sported “purple heart” band-aids to mock John Kerry’s Purple Heart medal? Delegates mock Kerry with ‘purple heart’ bandages:

PurpleHeartDelegates to the Republican National Convention found a new way to take a jab at Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service record: by sporting adhesive bandages with small purple hearts on them.

Morton Blackwell, a prominent Virginia delegate, has been handing out the heart-covered bandages to delegates, who’ve worn them on their chins, cheeks, the backs of their hands and other places.

Blackwell is president of the Leadership Institute, an educational foundation he founded in 1979. According to its Web site, the institute prepares conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media.

Kerry was a decorated Navy officer in Vietnam who became a prominent antiwar activist upon his return home. A group calling itself “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” has accused Kerry of lying to win combat decorations in Vietnam, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

And last week, former Sen. Bob Dole, the party’s 1996 presidential nominee, brought more attention to the allegations when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “With three Purple Hearts, he never bled that I know of. And they’re all superficial wounds.”

Dole apologized for the remark the next day after a personal call from Kerry, saying that before taping the interview, “maybe I should have stayed longer for brunch somewhere.”

Sorry, Beltway media villagers, but Republicans disparaging military service is a GOP thing that they have been doing for a long time. What”The Donald” said is mild by comparison to what George “W” Bush and “Turdblossom” Karl Rove have done in the past, with the complicity of you Beltway media villagers.

Donald Trump is just carrying on a long tradition in the GOP. There are many in the GOP who probably agree with him about John McCain. I would not prematurely declare his campaign over just because John McCain’s political base — the Beltway media villagers — are offended by Trump’s comments.