With your Benghazi rants and your threats against Susan Rice, you have become a pathetic spectacle, Sen. McCain.
You have morphed into what you once abhorred: a mindless partisan.
Once upon a time, back in the days of the Straight Talk Express, you were an inspiring figure. You were the rare politician who actually spoke his mind, and much of what you said made sense.
You helped normalize relations with Vietnam, the country that held you captive for eight grueling years. You were an advocate for campaign finance reform. You were moderate on immigration.
You even teamed up with Sen. Ted Kennedy from time to time.
During that 2002 campaign, you were a very appealing alternative to George W. Bush, the spoiled preppie upon whom corporate America had placed multi-million-dollar political bets.
With the establishment lined up behind the scion of big oil and big politics, you never really stood a chance. But you gave him a good fight — and it was always refreshing to hear you speak your mind.
As a reporter for the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau, I spent hours on the Straight Talk Express, watching you charm the socks off the reporters who were supposed to bring skepticism to their coverage of your quixotic quest.
For all your appeal, however, it was always terrifying to hear you expound on foreign policy. Your shoot-first, ask-questions-later mindset scared the hell out of me, and the prospect of you with your finger on the nuclear button made my skin crawl.
You still believe our one mistake in Vietnam was a failure to drop enough bombs.
Now you have drawn equally tortured conclusions about the situation in Benghazi, where you see some sort of conspiracy by the Obama administration to whitewash the attack that claimed the life of our ambassador to Libya.
You and your pals at Fox News have stirred up a scandal where none exists. And now you want to blame this fictional mess on Susan Rice, whom President Obama might appoint as his next Secretary of State.
You and your pipsqueak partisan pal, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have vowed to do everything you can to block her nomination, should it come to pass.
But Susan Rice bears no responsibility for what happened in Benghazi.
The President is correct, Senator. Your efforts to besmirch her reputation are outrageous.