The Washington Times - November 19, 2007, 10:33AM
Sen. John McCain
“I made defense contractors angry when I blew the whistle on a $30 billion boondoggle and the culprits were sent to jail.\ \ \ “I upset the special interests and Washington lobbyists when I fought for ethics reform and to stop union bosses and corporations from writing million dollar checks to political campaigns.\ \ \ “I made the Pentagon angry when I called for the resignation of Don Rumsfeld; said we needed a different strategy in Iraq; and a bigger military so that ours sons and daughters didn’t have to serve four and five tours in combat zones.\ \ \ “I displeased a lot of the media when I said we couldn’t afford to fail in Iraq, and stood by the changes in our strategy that are now showing success.\ \ \ “I made some folks mad when I worked to cut harmful greenhouse emissions because I believe climate change is a real and needs to be addressed now.\ \ \ “I made politicians angry when I called for earmark reform and spending cuts; for government to do its job, not your job; to do it better and with less of your money. I said no to bridges to nowhere and 74 million dollars for peanut storage in a defense spending bill.”

* Much of his own party, when he told them they had to legitmize illegal aliens in order to get better border security.\ \ \ * The NRA and many gun owners, when he and Sen. Joe Lieberman proposed a bill that the opponents said could amount to the end of gun shows.\ \ \ * Religious conservative leaders during the 2000 campaign, when he called Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell “agents of intolerance.”
— Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times