McCain’s Shocking Talk of Retirement

I know it’s a slow-news Friday afternoon and all, but it’s still a bit bizarre that this seems to be breaking news:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hinted that he might be serving his last term in office, admitting that he does not want to become “one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”

McCain, a 27-year veteran of the Senate and former presidential candidate, made the admission while speaking about his relationship with President Obama.

“The president and I, he’s in his last term, I’m probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good,” McCain told The Wrap in an interview. “Quite good.”

The 77-year-old’s current term is up in 2016. When asked if this would really be his last term, McCain backtracked a bit.

“Nah, I don’t know,” McCain said. “I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision.

So McCain’s not quite sure yet if it’s a bad idea to hold down a Senate seat until he’s 86. That, not that he’s shockingly considering retirement in 2016, ought to be the news.

I come from a long line of very hard-working people who labored well beyond the so-called “retirement age” of 65, and I don’t have a private pension or a big stash of savings. But still, I hope I’m not holding down a full-time job at 85. For McCain, who I believe is pretty well fixed financially, it really ought to be a no-brainer.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.