There are some seriously mixed feeling going on in this story. While John McCain has proven disloyal to his voter in the recent month we commend him for laying it out flat for big-mouthed Hillary Clinton. McCain announces that he has been planning to write his own memoir and posed a brilliant and hilarious question to Hillary Clinton about her new book:
“What’s the fu**ing point? Keep the fight up? History will judge that campaign, and it’s always a period of time before they do. You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do.”
In a feature story at Esquire magazine today, John McCain takes a few swipes at Hillary Clinton for putting out her book “What Happened” so soon after her election loss. McCain, who knows what it’s like to lose a presidential election, says the immediate feeling is wanting to justify yourself but the right thing to do is step back.
After McCain lost, his reputation for putting his country ahead of his ambition was further damaged by Game Change, a vivid chronicle that revealed his campaign’s desperate attempts to bring Palin up to speed. McCain says he resisted the temptation to immediately set the record straight with his own lengthy account, as Hillary Clinton did recently in What Happened. “You’ve got to understand that you can’t rewrite history,” he told me. “One of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated: ‘I did the right thing! I did!’ The hardest thing to do is to just shut up. Listen, my own campaign manager was part of a book that trashed me. Steve Schmidt was one of the big contributors to Game Change.”
McCain resisted the impulse to set the record straight, perhaps even a little too much. Sarah Palin faced harsh criticism not only during the campaign but for years afterward. Now, with the end of his career in sight, McCain is working on a memoir which will include the 2008 presidential race.