Sen. McCain predicts rise of a third political party in 2012 elections

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) predicted the rise of a third political party in the 2012 elections that will not tolerate the kind of wasteful spending included in the $915 billion omnibus spending package.

"I don't think the American people are going to stand for it too much longer," said McCain from the Senate floor in opposition to the nine-bill omnibus that cleared the Senate on Saturday. "[O]ne way or the other there is going to be a third party in the United States political arena." 

"We can't keep doing these things, Republicans and Democrats, without sooner or later a response by a very well-informed electorate, thanks to devices like this," said McCain, brandishing a BlackBerry on the Senate floor.

McCain, who once famously declared himself a computer “illiterate” who used neither a BlackBerry or email, has become a prolific user of Twitter in the last year as he has witnessed the technology-fueled political revolutions across the Middle East. Recently the senator set his sights on Russia as the next target for regime change, provoking the country's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, by tweeting that revolution was on its way. 

McCain, who is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, took issue with the fiscal year 2012 omnibus, calling it “hernia inducing” on Saturday, pointing out that in the area of defense spending alone it included $3.5 billion in spending the Department of Defense neither wanted nor needed. That money will go to contractors who are friends of lawmakers, McCain and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) claimed on Saturday. 

McCain also warned from the Senate floor that in the next election incumbents from both parties would be in electoral danger. 

“I believe that for long enough we have done this, for long enough the American people, who are now in a more dire state then they have been since the Great Depression, are fed up with spending,” said McCain. "I say to all my colleagues ... I think in the next election no incumbent is safe."

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