McCain running Scared

He won the Republican nomination for President.  He hasn’t had a primary challenger for his Senate seat in two decades.  He’s 10 to 12 points ahead in most polls.  He’s a fat-cat senator sitting on a pile of dough (his own and that of those who benefit from his votes).   So, why is John McCain running scarred?

The defeats of five-term Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, three-term Senator Robert Bennett in Utah, and fourteen-term Rep. Alan Mollohan in their party’s primaries.

Yes, average Americans are finally getting the message: To get good government, you have to be willing to oust incumbents who are just so-so or part of the Washington problem in the PRIMARY election.  Give someone else a chance to do the job right!

To the uninitiated, it would appear that McCain is sitting pretty.  With a double digit lead and only three months until the Arizona primary he should be able to coast to a fifth term so why is he running scarred?

He is running from the truth and the truth will catch up with him if his opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, is able to launch his million-dollar TV ad campaign.  Hayworth is scratching and clawing for every nickle but he is halfway there.   My guess is that average Americans from all over the country (not just Arizona) will help push him over the top.  When that happens, all bets are off.

To date, McCain has spent more than two million dollars on slick radio and TV ads that are designed to fool the electorate.   These ads have given him a bounce in the polls.   However, the latest on border security http: //  is so over the top it has been the subject of late night jokes and outright ridicule among those familiar with McCain’s record.

In the ad, McCain is seen walking along the incomplete border fence with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.  McCain details some of the problems caused by the failure to defend our borders against the alien invasion.

McCain: “Drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder . . .”

Babeu: “We’re out-manned.  Of all the illegals in America, more than half come through Arizona.”

Babeu tells McCain that his most recent (I’ve really seen the light.  Please believe me.) proposal is perfect: “You bring troops, state, county and local law enforcement together.”

McCain then adds, “And complete the danged fence!”

The ad has produced guffaws from those in the know for three reasons.  McCain teamed with Ted Kennedy to craft a bill to give amnesty to those broke into this country illegally.  It had the backing of George W. Bush, and would have passed had it not been for the large outcry from the public.  Hayworth, McCain’s primary opponent, was one of the bill’s strongest opponents in the House of Representatives.

The second reason for the jeers and laughter is the language.  McCain is well known for his potty mouth.  The “danged” fence doesn’t fit McCain’s vocabulary and that is one of the reasons he appears to choke when delivering that line.  The third reason he choked is that he doesn’t really believe it.   See Hayworth’s new blog

In 2007, when McCain was taking heat for his amnesty bill, a Vanity Fair writer caught him with his guard down before a friendly crowd,   “I think the fence is least effective. But I’ll build the goddamned fence if they want it.”

A year later in September 2008, on the eve of the presidential election, McCain told the Spanish-language station Univision that his plan did not include “walls and fences.”

Now he is trying to make us forget the past and, please note, he refused to take a stand on Arizona’s tough new immigration law until he was forced to do so by Hayworth.

Has McCain changed?  Not in this lifetime!   Arizona voters would do well to remember that he was the original sponsor of the infamous “cap and tax” bill, a.k.a.  “Cap and Trade,” which was a sop to global warming promoters who want to tax carbon emissions.   If that doesn’t do it, remember that he was also one of the authors of the incumbent protection bill better known as McCain-Feingold.

McCain is a true war hero and for that he deserves your respect, but he doesn’t deserve your vote!

McCain first got my attention by railing against pork barrel projects.  Then, I discovered that he usually ends up voting for the bills that contain them.  That burst my bubble.

Arizona voters, do us a big favor and send him the way of Bennett, Specter and Mollohan.
Keep up the momentum:  Clean the House and the Senate.

5 thoughts on “McCain running Scared

  1. Jane, the media has been annoying this week with it’s
    terminology “anti-incumbent”. No it is the activites of some of those in Congress that is angering Conservative voters. It’s the phonies like “the Non-Maverick” McCain who need to be sent to the curb.
    Wasn’t it McCain who was constantly agreeing with Obama and had the passion of a dead fish in the Presidential Debates? How did we put forward once again a “Bob Dole-like” candidate? It is the actions, not the talk, that matters; hence the
    voter frustration. I hope and pray that McCain gets
    sent packing soon.


  2. McCain denies his “maverick” status and is trying to convince us that he’s a right winger … when he clearly is a middle of the roader who mavericks to the left. If nothing else, JD can lead the fight in congress for the correct immigration reform, the lead that our federal government seems unwilling to take. He needs our support!


  3. Jane,

    Your column is right on about John McCain misleading the Arizona voters about Arizona border security. In that recent political ad with McCain keeping a straight face in talking about his illegal immigration concerns and then saying the word “danged,” he deserves an Academy Award for his performance. During McCain’s re-election battles he “becomes” a Ronald Reagan Republican, but the rest of the time he is a Nelson Rockefeller Republican. As I’ve written before, I’ve tried to figure out McCain in that while he did go through much Lincoln-type adversity as a POW, he does not have Lincoln’s insight and character. As a friend pointed out to me, however, the answer may be that McCain was a womanizer for a number of years, and this must have seeped away at his character. McCain has some good qualities as an U.S. Senator, but his negatives outweigh his positives, and it is time for him to go.


  4. I am just amazed that McCain can be leading in the polls. Just makes me wonder about the upcoming election this year. If the people in Arizona will put him in charge again what will the rest of the nation do with their represenitives?
    Maybe some old sayings apply.

    Lesser of two evils
    Heads buried in the sand

    I really like Sarah Palin. I had bad feelings with her running for office with McCain. It was a disappointment when I read that she went down to campain for him.

    Have enjoyed your articles Jane!

    A note to Clay Byron:
    McCain is nothing more than a progressive. He ranks with the Clintons, Bushes, etc, etc.


  5. A funny thing happened to me a few weeks ago: I got an email from someone in the McCain camp, asking for a campaign donation. With this comment, it confirms just how scared McCain must be at this moment. If he narrowly gets back into office this time, the next time he’s up for re-election (if he lives to tell about it), he will likely go down in defeat. And most likely, it will be a liberal Democrat who will defeat him. It would be a good thing if he is sent to retirement by Hayworth, so that someone who is conservative could ward off a liberal from the Senate offices.


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