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John McCain Eulogizes Senate Career of ‘Irreplaceable’ Russ Feingold, Just Before Feingold is Replaced

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By Doug Powers  •  November 30, 2010 11:49 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

I’m reminded yet again about why I plugged my nose when I voted for John McCain in 2008.

McCain’s emotional goodbye to liberal Democrat Russ Feingold played out like an over-lengthy eHarmony.com ad. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a RINO giving a farewell smooch to a liberal he vehemently disagreed with a full 19% of the time (an unresearched wild guess on my part), but a show of tongues ruins the occasion.

True, the duo’s McCain/Feingold law helped take the money out of politics (only a record-setting $5.3 billion spent in the 2008 cycle), but this occasion was about more than just celebrating their successes.

McCain: “Without intending it as a commentary on his successor, I have to confess, I think the Senate will be a much poorer place without Russ Feingold in it… I don’t think he is replaceable.”

Of course Feingold’s replaceable. Ron Johnson will be sworn in next month. I think that’s the problem with politicians in general — they fool themselves into thinking they’re not replaceable. The problem is, sometimes they’re right:

At some point I’ll do the math as to how much money John McCain’s “friendships” with Senators on the other side of the aisle have cost taxpayers, but I’m not sure my calculator has enough available digits on it.

(h/t to HAP for the video)

**Written by Doug Powers

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