McCain caught playing iPhone-poker during Syria war hearing (video)

Republican Senator John McCain was caught playing poker on his iPhone during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on whether we go to war with Syria.  Here is the actual photo from the video below:


When asked about the poker-playing by CNN, McCain responded:

 “The worst part was that I lost a thousand dollars!”

Yeah, that was the worst part of a US Senator playing poker during a debate on whether America goes to war.

McCain has been a longtime proponent of greater US involvement in the Syrian civil war.  But apparently his penchant for war in the Middle East doesn’t hold a candle to his penchant for gambling during work hours on the public dole.

McCain-watchers might remember that this isn’t the first time John McCain has treated hearings about life and death in the Middle East with, how shall we put it, a lighter touch. Last year, McCain famously blew off a Benghazi hearing in order to hold a press conference calling for Benghazi hearings.

Jon Stewart has a few thoughts about McCain’s latest antics.

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25 Responses to “McCain caught playing iPhone-poker during Syria war hearing (video)”

  1. karmanot says:

    McCain got to where he was because his family is military royalty and because a booze baron bought him for his daughter and to gain a foot in DC politics. He is neither intelligent or capable. Check out his early history, He is a disgrace as is the concept that he is a national hero. BTW, The War Academy gave is lowest possible passing grade for his thesis. The best thing that may be said of this fraud is that he is a George Bush with genuine personal courage.

  2. Indigo says:

    I’m glad to see that Senator McCain can operate electronics , a considerable improvement over Senator Ted Stevens confusion over the internet’s series of tubes:

  3. I’m sorry but love him or hate him, he got to where he is because he’s smart and capable.

  4. Naja pallida says:

    Though, calling it a ‘fix’ is kind of misleading whenever it comes to Congress; “the broken is in” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. :)

  5. karmanot says:

    McCain was notorious for not being able to chew gum and fly at the same time. He damaged a considerable amount of expensive machinery in his early days was playing showoff when he got shot down.

  6. karmanot says:

    “the American equivalent of Soviet show trials” is the sham and mockery of the Chelsea Manning send up.

  7. karmanot says:

    I’ve always thought of McCain as number two.

  8. I may not like his policies, and I may think he’s an asshole, but I think he can chew gum and walk and juggle at the same time. Don’t underestimate him. As for the company dime? He works pretty much all day every day – he’s never off. Give him a break. If I catch my employees goofing off, I couldn’t care less if they’re getting their job done.

  9. ArthurH says:

    And I know where McCain can worship. When the Arizona Historical Society recreated the Goldfield mining town as a tourist attraction, they acquired structures that resembled those of the town from old photos that were used in sets for Western movies and TV shows shot in Arizona. In episode 3 of the “Bret Maverick” series on NBC in the early 1980s, a running joke was that when the prefab barn Bret ordered turned out when finally assembled in the middle of the ranch Bret won in a card game to be a 24-seat country church. Bret sent off a scathing letter to the Berkeley Bevilator Co. of Buffalo, NY. For playing online poker when he should have been paying attention to the War Debate, voters in Arizona should send McCain scathing letters too! And e-mails!

  10. ArthurH says:

    Give McCain a break. He’s only boning up on his post-Senate career. When another GOP Senator — Alfonse D’Amato — retired, be became the leader of the Poker Players Alliance, which seeks to legalize online poker sites in the U.S. McCain can be D’Amato’s Number 2, and the sooner the better!

  11. Naja pallida says:

    I have trouble believing McCain can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. He’s barely a single-tasker, much less a multi-tasker. I just don’t think he’s all that interested in his job… and regardless, if you were caught goofing off in the middle of your work day on your company’s dime, your boss would probably reprimand you too. Goof off on your own time, do what you’re paid to do on your employer’s time.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    Seems to me that it’s more a non issue because the decision has already been made. There has been no ‘real work’ involved. CSpan has basically become a reality show, where Congress displays its lack of grasp on reality.

  13. Naja pallida says:

    The problem is, even if he retired, given the state of Arizona politics, he’d only be replaced with someone worse. We’re better off with a guy who is barely lucid, and not paying attention, than one of Jan Brewer’s teabagger cronies.

  14. Thom Allen says:

    Hard to tell which one McCain is. The fourth one from the left seems to be holding a smartphone.

  15. The_Fixer says:

    Why does the phrase “The Fix Is In” come to mind here?

    Oh yeah, probably because it is.

  16. BeccaM says:

    I think McCain is merely demonstrating what more of us are beginning to realize: The government functions we see — the negotiations, the wrangling, the endless hearings that result in nothing — are a sham.

  17. BeccaM says:

    Nah. This man here is a Maverick–

  18. Thom Allen says:

    First off, this is disrespectful to the office he holds, his colleagues and his constituents. He just returned from a five week vacation after sitting in Congress and doing no appreciable work since January. This is behavior I would find annoying in a 14 year old student in class at school and reprehensible here. He is a US Senator, not the the geeky kid in civics class. Additionally, had he listened he might have heard something that he didn’t know. Even if the hearing were boring, or a rehash of what he already knew, for as “busy” as Congress is supposed to be, he could have been doing his homework on other legislation. Maybe next week, he’ll bring his XBox along with him.

    If he’s done this once, he’s probably done it on other occasions, perhaps where he NEEDED to be paying attention.

    It sets a bad example for children. It gives them the idea that it’s OK to screw around with smartphones when they should be doing more important things. It continues to set a bad example for adults. Adults who have rated this Congress and its members as less attractive than cockroaches.

    And, instead of having the good grace to be embarrassed and apologize, he laughs it off. What a complete POS.

    I would be just as upset is this Senator in his Second Childhood were a Democrat or Independent.

  19. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Well, it’s not as if any thing he heard might have affected his position. Reality ceased to be an issue for the maverick quite a while ago.

  20. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Forrestal File – ’nuff said

  21. cole3244 says:

    mccain is an embarrassment to the senate, himself, his military service, and the country he supposedly loves, i use the term loves loosely.

  22. Sphy says:

    He’s a maverick.

  23. caphillprof says:

    Congressional hearings may well be the American equivalent of Soviet show trials, . . . but at least the Soviets acted their parts, pretended to serious. If McCain can no longer play the game, he should not stay in the Senate.

  24. Tillyosu says:

    This is a non issue. These public hearings are mostly for show. I suspect the real work and debate goes on in the closed session where the intelligence can be discussed openly. I don’t blame him for trying to occupy his time while his colleagues take their ten minutes in front of the camera.

  25. I don’t get what the big deal about this is. Games can help you concentrate better, take your mind off of complicated issues and then return and focus better. There’s a lot of filler in these meetings and you can listen and play at the same time. Believe me, I really don’t like McCain and am against going into Syria but can we really expect these people to focus 100% all the time? I just don’t think the brain works that way. It needs a respite.

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