At Hagel Hearing, McCain Demands to Know What It Would Have Been Like If He Were President
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Global Edition) – In a heated confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grilled defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on what it would have been like if McCain were president instead of Obama. Hagel, almost a complete nonfactor during McCain’s entire line of questioning, stared blankly as the Arizona senator and former GOP presidential nominee demanded answers on what his life would have been like and if he would have made a good president.
“Tell me, Chuck,” said McCain, gazing wistfully into the distance. “Tell me what kind of president I would have been. And may I remind you you’re under oath.”
With many Senate Republicans eager to confront Hagel on any number of issues, McCain focused his questions entirely on an alternate universe in which he won the 2008 presidential election.
“Would I have been a kind and loving president?” he asked amidst swinging wildly from emotional inquiry to violent outburst. “Would I not have been just!? Would I!? ANSWER ME!!!”
As McCain continued his hypothetical assault, fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee awkwardly checked their watches and looked at the floor. After several minutes, McCain became exhausted, sighing and beginning a question only to stop mid-sentence.
“I mean, should I have … When did everything … Where did I …,” he asked, as Hagel stared sympathetically at the once-celebrated American hero. “Palin? Was it Palin?”
Hagel eventually won McCain’s support for his confirmation by patting the senator on the shoulder and telling him he did the best he could.
By TGE correspondent David Ross