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March 17, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Do you think McCain was going for “Dodo bird” and had a brain cramp instead? If not, it was the most bizarre epithet ever hurled at another politician I can remember.

And he is so, so sorry he said it:

Sen. John McCain is apologizing for calling Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds” and says he respects what his Senate colleagues stand for.

“[In] an interview I said that Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul were ‘wacko birds.’ That was inappropriate and I apologize to them for saying that, and I respect them both. I respect what they stand for and what they believe in. They both made an impact out here in the United States Senate,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Fox News on Friday.

McCain had previously told The Huffington Post earlier this month that Cruz (R-Texas), Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) were “wacko birds” for their outspoken brand of politicking on the Hill. McCain has also criticized Paul for his nearly 13-hour filibuster that pressured President Barack Obama’s administration to clarify its position on the use of domestic drones.

(Also on POLITICO: Possible foe seeks Lindsey Graham apology)

During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Paul — who is considering a 2016 presidential run — seemingly alluded to McCain’s criticisms.

“The GOP of old has grown stale and moss covered,” Paul said during his CPAC speech. “I don’t think we need to name names here, do we?”

Responding to that line on Fox News, McCain jokingly wiped his face, pretending to wipe off moss.

“I got to get that moss,” McCain said, scratching his face and laughing after the clip was played. “Everyone is entitled to their views.”

Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked McCain about the irony that McCain — long considered a “maverick” in the Senate — is now being criticized for being too old school.

“Life isn’t fair, as you know Neil, but the important thing for me is to be in the arena and part of the debate and try to contribute to the future of the country and represent the people of Arizona,” McCain said. “And when you’re in the arena, as you know, you’re going to take arrows, you’re going to take hits and you’re going to make mistakes. And I’ve made my share.”

McCain’s put down of Cruz and Paul was uncalled for and came at a time when the party was rallying around Rand Paul for his principled stand on the Constitution. He certainly didn’t make any friends among the younger Senators and while he may not have moss covering his face, he must certainly realize that the stain of shame is not so eqasy to wipe off.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Our congressional field of history is scattered with far more entertaining personal remarks that what McCain let slip out -- far more sharp edged also!
1 year ago
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His moss was itching. It was the right thing for a fossil to do.
1 year ago
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Maybe he heard about Angry Birds and got confused....
1 year ago
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The only people who ever considered him a "Maverick" were the MSM. They loved calling him this because he kept siding with the dems.
1 year ago
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But he has no regrets about dining with Ceasar while Paul laid it down for the Constitution. And I don't even "like" Paul, but he nailed those suckers this time.
1 year ago
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Some day I hope to be able to shake Se. McCain's hand and say, "Hello Senator. I'm one of the hobbits."
1 year ago
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I once cried for John McCain. I am a VN vet 68/69. He was a sort of brother then. Every time I here him now I just think to myself. Could you not have just retired from the Navy and lived like the rest of us. But, he just keeps making me feel like a hunk of crap. Mr. McCain, please go away.
Scott Hoglund.
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Senator John McCain, and others, have done a great favor to conservatives by denigrating them and their values. The more we are called wacko birds, Hobbits, Chihuahuas, purists etc., the stronger we grow. To those who publicly use those epithets to describe us, we give thanks.
1 year ago
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You are right it makes us conservatives stronger and more unified and that is surely a good thing ..

Truly, though we'd be further ahead politically if there were unity up and down within the GOP. So unfortunate that the old, stale, faction turns on its own.

And while this is unfortunate, therein lies the difference between conservatives and leftists, conservatives think for themselves and leftists hand over their brains to the party.
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