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The ol’ fighter pilot, John McCain, is shooting down the notion that he might step once more into the breach and “serve” his country again:

Sen. John McCain is brushing aside any questions about whether he might ultimately decide to run for president again in 2012.

McCain was asked in an NBC “Today” show interview whether he’d get into the sweepstakes if it looked like there were no clear front-runner.

The Arizona Republican smiled and told interviewer Ann Curry, “There’s a long history of masochism in my family, but not so severe” as to make him want to run again.

After running one of the most disgraceful “honorable” campaigns in American political history, and handing the country over to the tender mercies of Barack Hussein Obama II, you’d think the least the last and least of the military McCains could do is slink quietly off into the wild blue yonder with the thanks of a grateful nation trailing in his wake.

But no, at age 74, he’s still in the Senate for at least another five years, where he can continue to reach across the aisle, poke his finger into the eyes of conservatives, hog the media spotlight, rail about Republican “isolationists,” suck up to Fox News, and unleash his ankle-biting mini-me onto his enemies. 

Please, just go away.

Update: I’ve erred in saying Sen. McCain was the last of the military McCains and, obviously, honor his and his family’s service to his country. (I come from a military family myself, whose pedigree stretches back to the Spanish-American War.) But none of that changes his subsequent media-fixated political behavior. 



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