(NationalSentinel) Congress: Regular readers of The National Sentinel know that we’re no fans of Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona. He’s been on President Donald J. Trump’s case since the man decided to run for president, and he hasn’t let up since. Like a yapping, obnoxious terrier, McCain keeps nipping at the president’s heels.

Now he’s gone off on Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and quite frankly, it’s a bridge too far.

Whether you support continued NATO expansion or not, clearly there is an argument that can be made on both sides. But to crusty, old McCain, if you’re against any sort of renewed push to expand NATO, even into regions of the world where Russia has traditionally held sway, then you’re a dupe of Moscow. (RELATED: Memo to McCain: Shut up, retire and go away)

Earlier today, Paul, in objecting to a Senate bill supporting Montenegro’s bid to join the military alliance, was accused by McCain of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Per the Daily Beast:

While speaking from the Senate floor in support of a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, McCain noted objection from the Kentucky senator, saying, “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.” He continued: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.” Several moments later, after McCain asked for unanimous consent to move the bill forward, Sen. Paul raised his objection and then exited the room. This set off McCain, who railed against Paul: “I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98—at least—of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away.” He then directly connected Paul to the Russians: “The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”

Once upon a time an unsubstantiated charge like that might have earned McCain a deserved smack in the mouth – or a libel suit – but since it’s the Senate, he’s protected from such retaliatory actions, no matter how deserved of them he is.

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But quite frankly, Sen. Paul’s colleague from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, just happens to be the Senate majority leader; in defense of his colleague, his state and the voters who elected Paul, as well as the integrity of the Senate, he should begin censure and expulsion proceedings without delay. Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution gives the Senate the authority to do so, with 2/3 support of all members. Granted, McCain probably won’t be ‘convicted,’ but the proceedings should begin nonetheless. This was outrageous.

Beyond that, the only recourse is for the citizens of McCain’s district in Arizona to punish him by replacing him when if or when he runs again which, sadly, isn’t until 2022, seeing as he just won reelection last year. (RELATED: Memo to McCain: You’re not helping the country, you’re hurting it)

McCain’s rhetoric was irresponsible and ought to be punished. A sitting U.S. senator should not be able to get away with characterizing a colleague as in the employ of a competitor nation simply because he disagrees with a piece of legislation.

But it seems like Russia is on the slowly deteriorating mind of McCain these days. He seems to believe that Moscow somehow managed to change votes during the November election in favor of Donald J. Trump, though the manner in which the Kremlin was able to do this – against some of the best cyber-protection in the world – escapes him.

Like decorum.

The time has come for you to go away, Sen. McCain. It doesn’t matter whether you go away mad or not.

Just go away. The country and the state of Arizona deserve better. What a disgrace.

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