Of course, his irresponsible decision to name Sarah Palin as his running mate will stand for all time as the best proof of McCain's bad judgment. Given the arc of Palin's subsequent career, from veep nominee to reality-show laughingstock, not even McCain supporters argue that one anymore. However, his current rantings over the quick return of our 10 sailors by Iran offer us fresh evidence that at age 79, he has yet to set aside irrationality in favor of wisdom.
In interviews on Fox News and elsewhere, the Arizona senator has been spewing words such as "humiliation", "desperation", "ludicrous" and "craven" to describe the outcome. As he sees it, the only reason that the predicament turned out as it has is because of the desire to protect the recent nuclear deal with Iran. On that point, he's probably right. Neither side, including Iran, wanted to see years of hard negotiation destroyed over a small, harmless incident. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)