FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential front-runner, was missing in action yesterday when it came time to vote on the economic stimulus package.
McCain’s problem was that the bill contained provisions that would make 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans eligible for rebate checks.
It was, granted, a tough decision for McCain. Whichever way he voted, he would have risked alienating people. If he voted “no” to the rebates, he would have denied benefits to Social Security recipients and disabled veterans… you know, people he’s counting on to vote for him. Plus there are probably members of each of those groups in Arizona who could have used the money.
If he had voted “yes” he would have no doubt angered President Bush, Republican leaders and conservatives – some of whom aren’t too happy with McCain to begin with.
It was one of those moments that says a lot about someone’s character. What did McCain do? Nothing. He ducked. Instead of representing the people in Arizona who elected him, he simply chose not to vote at all. John McCain, pilot of the Straight Talk Express, wimped out.
And it’s not the first time. Not by a long shot. In the last year, John McCain has missed more than half of all the votes cast in the U.S. Senate.