John McCain: I regret picking Sarah Palin as running mate

John McCain has always called himself a maverick, but he'll end his life as all but an outcast.

Time for America to take the offensive in the information war.

Sen. John McCain is dropping any sense of pretense regarding his relationship with President Trump in his forthcoming new memoir.

McCain is also imploring former vice president Joe Biden to "not walk away" from politics.

The book is scheduled for a May 22 release, but in a three-minute pre-publication audio recording released on NPR last week, McCain reads an emotional excerpt.

"I don't know how much longer I'll be here. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable".

There's a single-sentence takedown of both President Donald Trump and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump, who once blasted McCain as "a mess" during his CPAC speech in February, is not on the list.

The senator's attack on Arpaio is unusual. McCain has never respected Trump's morals nor political acumen.

Specifically, selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

McCain also laments the "decline in civility and cooperation, and increased obstructionism" he has seen in Congress. "And I can vote my conscience without worry", the man pointed out, obviously not aware that this guy been actually talking openly about bombing the Middle East for the past 15 yrs, having absolutely no repercussions. In his statements, he said, "If somebody's a prisoner, I consider them a war hero". Lieberman, who visited McCain at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix two weeks ago.

A frail McCain has been receiving a stream of visitors and good wishes at his Arizona ranch as he confronts the aftermath of brain cancer treatment and surgery. McCain cast a decisive vote against legislation Trump pushed that was created to effectively repeal Obamacare. Beyond his policy positions, McCain is out of step in another important way: he wants Republicans to step back from the toxic, grievance-based ideology that now dominates the party.

"I worry we are at a turning point, a hinge of history, and the decisions made tomorrow might be closing the door on the era of the American-led world order", McCain said. But his visitors are telling him they love him, how much he has meant to them - and together they are taking care of unfinished business.

McCain has been at home in Arizona since late past year recovering from side effects associated with his cancer treatment.

McCain mocked Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka - whom he called some of Trump's "weirder" advisers - saying he was relieved they had left the administration.

  • Jacqueline Ellis