March 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain's tweet not sitting well with one newspaper

McCain has been Twittering his '10 Porkiest Projects.'
McCain has been Twittering his '10 Porkiest Projects.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A South Carolina newspaper isn’t too happy with what John McCain’s been Twittering.

McCain has been using the microblogging site to post a near-daily list of the “10 Porkiest projects” in the omnibus spending bill. On Wednesday, the Arizona senator posted “#6. $950,000 for a Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.”

The Myrtle Beach Sun News editorialized Friday that McCain is using the site “to make congressional earmarks a political wedge issue for the Republicans” by posting such earmarks without context.

The paper wrote that “readers of McCain's Convention Center tweet are now invited to think - without the inconvenience of critical reflection - that the Myrtle Beach Convention Center project has no value.”

The editorial argued instead that the convention center project has the potential to create long-term wealth and jobs in the coastal resort city.

“The irony in all this,” the paper wrote, is that the earmark was inserted into the spending bill by one of McCain’s closest friends: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.


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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. bryen

    The newspaper doesn't understand tweeting apparently. There isn't much room for content, but we all learn something from others' tweets and have the ability to look further for more information.

    As for the so called "irony" as the newspaper puts it, that's hardly irony. That's guts to criticize even your closest allies. Isn't the problem we've been having all along was that we weren't making bold moves in government because of a fear of alienating our bedfellows?

    March 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Nacho Cheese

    Ugh, he absolutely disgusts me. How appropriate is it that he, like many Republicans, rely on sound-bite-sized bits of information to be misconstrued by the public in a way that favors them. Amazing!

    Maybe McCain should consider getting a blog. That way, he could actually explain his inane one-liners. But that may be too much to expect from someone who relies on misconceptions and lies.

    March 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Get Well Soon GOP

    Wow, the GOP is proving to be as skillfull as the Flushing HS football team in Queens NY. Like a heard of cats. I mean Senators clunking heads, GOP State Houses voting to work around Governors, Party Hacks working against talk show host, Governors fighting Congressmen, Black women calling for Steele to step down. Fix yourselves up, we need you.

    March 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. C W

    Thank goodness we didn't elect McCain President! He continues to show just how dishonest and disingenuous he really is. I stopped respecting him in 2006 when he sold his soul to speak at Jerry Falwell's university – and he hasn't stopped sucking up to people for political gain ever since. (He does it so well, makes you wonder he hasn't been this way all the time.)

    So much for "Country First" – more like, McCain first ...

    March 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Patrick - Indianapolis

    WHAT??? Republicans have earmarks, too????

    Myrtle Beach Sun: 1
    John McCain: 0

    March 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jane

    Personally, I am quite annoyed with John McCain's tweets. If he has all the answers, why isn't he working to get them implemented instead of bad mouthing things that are being tried. Give us all a break and take his blackberry away from him.

    March 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. All ATwitter

    Reminds me of the congress-critter who denounced Pell Grants as "pork." Could not understand that money invested in education means people, real people, can get better jobs!

    Its easier to jib-jab at "pork" without thought than to do the research. McCain is not known for thoughtful reflection – better known for shooting from the hip.

    I'd like the party (R or D) listed for each so-called earmark

    March 6, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Steph

    I love how an earmark in someone else's state is pork, but an earmark in your own state is an essential project.

    March 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. change

    I like McCain, I think his heart for America is in the right place.. I just wish he would get out of the republican party. I think he does have good idea's but I also think many like me look at the idiots behind him and see only that. And as long as people like Rush, Gringrich and Boehner are standing behind him no one will respect him. He needs to move away from the No party.

    The No party brings nothing but complaints to the table, no idea, no solutions. AKA Republicans

    March 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Peejay

    I love the phrase, "without the inconvenience of critical reflection". Pretty much sums up most recent Republican comments, complaints, and obstruction. C'mon! Get it together and let's fix this thing!!

    March 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. greg in jax

    too bad senator john mccain and presidential nominee john mcccain were not the same person... guess that is what the GOP does to a decent man, makes him forget why so many moderates loved him in the first place.

    March 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. cruiserGT

    So, does it make sense for ALL Americans to pay for this center?

    Of course not, but our government has over many many years created this idea that we should all send our money (all our money) to the government so that they (the gov) can take care of us. This is flawed thinking... our government should cut our taxes so that local governments and communities can keep there money local and advance those projects that make sense to them.

    Good for you Sen. McCain!

    March 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. AEK

    Hey, wait a minute, not to worry Senator McCaine, those folks in South Carolina aren't taking any money from the feds, remember. But, since this is a venue that has the ocean, lots of golf courses and lots of rich people, that probably makes it okay... Hypocrites!

    March 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. John in Virginia

    Maybe Mr. McCain did not notice his surroundings in South Carolina when he was there, but I spend a lot of time there because I have extended family in Chester, Sumter, Seneca, and Greenville. This state needs work. There are far too many people running around with absolutely nothing constructive to do. Perhaps, John, some local people can help build this building and have some legitimate? You can't just deem something negative because it is an earmark. McCain needs to go. He has no idea what it is like to have to work for anything. Where has anyone every heard of someone graduating 894 out of 899 people and then being at the level of John McCain without a well connected dad to make some phone calls?

    March 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. chuck

    PEOPLE HAVE TO WAKE UP TO REALITY THAT JOHN MCCAIN IS A TWO SWORDED IDIOT. EVEN HIS OWN DAUGHTER FOUND OUT RECENTLY AND HIS BLAMING HIM FOR HER LOVE-LIFE. YOU GOT TO LOVE THE BACK-BITING WITH THE REPUBLICAN NUCKLE HEADS. NO ONE CAN FIFURE OUT WHERE TO HANG THEIR HAT.

    March 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McCain needs to go to the same tanning salon that Congressman Bonehead goes to. Johnny boy, you're getting paler day by day.

    March 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. chuck

    PEOPLE HAVE TO WAKE UP TO REALITY THAT JOHN MCCAIN IS A TWO SWORDED IDIOT. EVEN HIS OWN DAUGHTER FOUND OUT RECENTLY AND HIS BLAMING HIM FOR HER LOVE-LIFE. YOU GOT TO LOVE THE BACK-BITING WITH THE REPUBLICAN NUCKLE HEADS. NO ONE CAN FIGURE OUT WHERE TO HANG THEIR HAT.

    March 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    McShame is an IDIOT!!! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs some of these earmarks are good.

    March 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. SHIRLEY "60"

    Don't you people understand yet that McCain will say and do anything to try and stay relevant? He should be getting out of the way and letting a younger person have his seat for all that he has really accomplished during his tenure. For those of you who continue to think of him as such an "honorable man" (Chris Matthews), I remind you of his lies to Letterman, the country, his party, and his complete betrayal of his first family.

    March 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Dawn

    WOW!!!!!!! Is railroads part an earmark? I agree about earmarks it does cost us money, but what about projects that can and will make jobs and/or keep money.

    Well you can teach a old dog new tricks

    March 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. MICK in MESA

    You have to spend money to make money – What's so hard for the economic recovery obstructionists to understand?
    Jeez, that's the first axiom taught in any elitist Biz school...

    March 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Someone should tell John McCain that his salary from the United States Government is PORK. This guy is a total Moron and for the past 30 years the only thing he has to show is putting his mug in from of any camera and adding more homes to his portfoilo. If he really loved his country like he claims to would go home (7 to chose from) and stay, so some young person with a vision and bright Ideas could move his state out of it's economic mess.

    March 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Marie

    Just a sore LOSER!!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Rick CT

    Katiec is right, there are beneficial earmarks. But there are also a bunch of useless earmarks. The problem is that there is no mechanism to determine this because there is no debate on the earmarks. They just somehow slide in to the larger bills and no one seems to care about a few million here and there that suddenly winds up being in the billions.

    March 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Mark Dover, Delaware

    One man's pork is another man's living!

    March 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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