Sen. John McCain (AZ) made it clear on Wednesday that dissension in the ranks will not be tolerated in the GOP. Either accept his viewpoint or prepare yourself for a full-on assault.
As a member of the “Gang of Eight,” McCain launched into full attack mode against fellow Republican Sen. Deb Fischer (NE) for being critical of the immigration reform bill he helped author.
Speaking from the Senate floor, Fischer stated, “I will not support legislation simply because it might be vogue or politically expedient, or could ingratiate me with the inside-the-beltway club,” which seemed to hit a nerve with McCain.
The agitated “old bull” Republican interjected to ask if she would yield for a question, so angry as to appear out of breath and having trouble forming a coherent sentence.
McCain asked Fischer if she had ever been to the Arizona-Mexico border, as if that alone qualifies one as an expert on border security. Once satisfied that he had established his superiority over her, he proceeded to admonish Fischer for suggesting the bill fails to secure the border.
McCain snarled that Fischer was “so ill-informed in the statement I just saw that I don’t know where to begin,” then expressed his “disappointment in the series of false statements that the senator just made.”
Suffice it to say that America would be a better country today if only old guard Republicans would fight Democrats with the same veracity that they attack their own up and coming members.
H/T Twitchy: McCain’s actions prompted the following exchange between David Limbaugh, a conservative columnist and political commentator, and RedState’s Erick Erickson on Twitter:
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) June 26, 2013