First off, let me state that I have the utmost respect for Senator McCain. From his first go as a radical disrupter when he attempted to bomb Russian supply ships during Vietnam, to his bold comeback after the Keating Five scandal, all the way to his support of fellow radical moderates Ahrar ash-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra in their struggle to topple the viciously partisan Assad regime.
However, I think Senator McCain went a bit too far. This is, of course, not the first time he has used mass shootings to make a point. In 1999, he caught flack for stating that the Columbine Massacre was “half connected to Travelgate.” In 2014, he called the Isla Vista killings at UCSB a “fiscal cliff-type situation.” I think that in the Senator’s quest to reach across the aisle and form consensus, he can get a little too passionate and say things that go over the line.
It’s alright to believe in your heart that the president is an Islamic State deep agent, or to hold him personally responsible for the death of 50 people — if you keep it your business. I couldn’t tell McCain not to believe those things just as I couldn’t tell Mitt Romney to stop believing in Kolob. But saying them out loud creates a disreputable partisan environment; and, worst of all, it erases the whole point of being a maverick bipartisan senator who also supports al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.
So, Senator McCain, from a long time impartial admirer, do better and rethink this.