12/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

In Georgia, McCain Saves The Worst For Last

Update: Thanks everyone for contributing to Martin's campaign. Keep 'em coming!

Oh good, we don't have to stop being mean to John McCain even though the election is over.

Leading up to last Tuesday, it became no secret that the principles, character and integrity that once made John McCain the Republican that Democrats didn't totally hate were for sale, and cheap. If there was any question whether it was temporary ambition-driven insanity or a true transformation into villainhood, it was squashed by the wheels of Sen. McCain's plane when it hit the runway today in Georgia.

Now, hiring Karl Rove, who eight years prior masterminded a rumor that McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child to sink his campaign, is unprincipled. Making nice with Jerry Falwell, who blamed gays and abortionists for 9/11, and whom McCain rightly once called an agent of intolerance, is at the very least opportunistic. It's not excusable to do these things in order to tweak the odds of your shot at the presidency, but at least it follows some kind of sensible thought pattern. So what the hell is John McCain doing in Georgia?

As always, offering his support to a lowlife he once had nothing good to say about.

Saxby Chambliss has been employed as a U.S. Senator for six years due to a very successful ad campaign that painted Max Cleland, a man whose seat in the Senate was a wheelchair due to having left three limbs on the battlefield in Vietnam, as a friend of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. I plagiarized most of that last sentence though... from John McCain:

"I'd never seen anything like that ad. Putting pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden next to the picture of a man who left three limbs on the battlefield -- it's worse than disgraceful. It's reprehensible."

John McCain is in Georgia today helping Chambliss defeat another Vietnam vet, Jim Martin, who he faces in a runoff election on December 2nd. Clearly, when John McCain says something bad about you, it means he'll be helping you out a few years down the line. The maestros conducting the South Carolina calls in 2000? According to McCain they deserved "a special place in hell," which must have been his 2008 campaign war room, since it became their place of employment. "Disgraceful and reprehensible?" Start the plane!

I don't know if John McCain's memory is starting to go and 2000-2002 is just a bit fuzzy, if he got so used to pissing away his principles for the good of the party that by now it's just reflexive, or some combination of the two -- but I do know this: Jim Martin has decency and honor on his side, and Saxby Chambliss has John McCain.

John McCain just got his ass whupped by decency and honor, but that decency and honor was well-bankrolled. Jim Martin needs some help bankrolling his. DotPAC has set up a fundraising page for Jim Martin on ActBlue in the name of vengeance for Max Cleland. We can add defeating John McCain to its raison d'etre, since once just wasn't enough.

Let's beat John McCain again, and restore some honor to Max Cleland's seat.

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