John McCain has taken his share of hits in recent days. Some were deserved, some maybe not so much. He was, however, one of the group of 14 Senators who helped hammer out the deal which ended the shutdown and got the government back up and running.
Last weekend at the Values Voters Summit, TEApublican representative Loopy Louis Gohmert of Texas took a shot at McCain, calling him a supporter of al-Qaeda.
“Some senator from Arizona, a guy that liked Qaddafi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported al-Qaeda and rebels, but he was saying today the shutdown is a fool’s errand.”
Speaking to Brian Williams of NBC News last night McCain responded to a question about the attack saying simply,
“Sometimes those–comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”
For those on the other side of the issues, having a Senator of McCain’s stature comment on Loopy Louis’ intelligence is sweet vindication. At least some on the other side are aware of his shortcomings in the intellectual realm.