Meghan McCain Meghan McCains, Again

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The post office is shutting down on Wednesday in tribute to former and bad president George H.W. Bush, but the women of The View paid tribute earlier this week by getting into a fight on daytime television over dumb shit that no one cares about. I am moved.

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The segment, which aired Monday, opens with Whoopi Goldberg talking about how Bush was exemplary of “how you can still not agree with somebody, but be respectful of somebody,” which is representative of the many ways in which people have sanitized Bush’s political legacy because the post-Donald Trump bar for good presidents is apparently ignored the AIDs crisis but didn’t empty his diaper on the Lincoln monument, and then the panel’s remembrances quickly descend into a fight.

Soon after, Joy Behar brings up Bush signing the Clean Air Act as a way to, again, pretend that Bush was a good and respectable president. She then mentions how Trump “is trying to unravel everything that he did and Obama did.” McCain quickly interrupted and tried to shut Behar down for criticizing Trump:

McCain: Can we focus on the president, please? I just, I don’t want to talk about Trump and—

Behar: Well, I do for a second, so excuse me.

McCain: —we’re honoring a great president who passed—

Behar: Excuse me for a second, please. I want to talk about the difference—

McCain: But we’re honoring—but I’m not interested in your one-issue—

Behar: I don’t care what you’re interested in and I’m talking! Damn it.

McCain: I don’t care what you’re interested in either, Joy!

Goldberg: You know what? We’ll be right back!

But what if you’re not right back instead?

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DISCUSSION

Look... I actually owe a lot to HW because he signed the ADA into law, which provided a lot of protections for me and other members of my family who need it. I also think dude was a good grandparent and parent, and clearly loved his wife. He also served his country honorably in World War 2, which itself should be respected.

Bush gave us Willie Horton and ignored the AIDS crisis for too long - but he also gave us the ADA and the Clean Air act. He seriously fubared Iran-Contra but also took his own political hit when it became clear to him that new taxes would have to be levied despite his promise not to do it.

That being said, I don’t understand why we can’t have a nuanced portrayal of presidents when they die. Very few people are all good or all bad. I wouldn’t want to be remembered for the things I did that were bad, but I also don’t want to pretend those bad things weren’t things I did. I wish the media would give a more balanced report on people when they die - good, bad, and ugly.

Side note: I had a fellow liberal friend of mine try to convince me I should hate GHWB because I’m a Jew and his father supported the Nazis (which is still a dubious claim based on all I’ve read, and besides that, HW is not responsible for his father’s actions). I don’t appreciate when people try to play on my religious background to win political points - I don’t like it when conservatives use Israel for political gain and I don’t like my liberal friends calling me a traitor to my faith for having sympathy for the family of a man who seemed to be a decent human being simply because they dislike him.